The idea of getting ahead in their classes might sound impossible to students. As much as they might realize that part of the reason they are struggling is because they are constantly reacting (rather than pro-acting), they often don’t feel like they have time to get ahead. Instead of listening to lectures with sense of familiarity and engagement, students end up frantically taking notes. To help your kids learn how to be in a primed “ready state” in class, try this preview technique to get a … [Read more...]
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If your child is learning another language, it usually takes time for them to go from participating in simple conversations to utilizing academic language in a meaningful way. However, providing extra support for language is not only helpful for English language learners and other second language learners. All learners can benefit from purposeful language activities. Here are 3 significant language teaching strategies to use in the classroom or at home: 1. Use graphic organizers Graphic … [Read more...]
In the past, we’ve written about the different types of learning styles. That is one theory which posits we should be teaching based on how our students like to learn, or how they learn best. But there is another theory that, while sounding similar, is not. It brings about another opinion on how we should view our human ‘smart-ness.’ It says we should be viewing many forms of aptitude as ‘intelligent’ and thus, teach by recognizing a person’s core strengths. We’ll unpack that in a bit. So, … [Read more...]
Whether you are a parent, a tutor, or a classroom teacher, you have most likely wondered at some point or another how to give your kids a fun, exciting project that furthers their learning at the same time. A theory floating around in the education world known as ‘interdisciplinary learning’ can be a great way to engage your kids in a meaningful way. Keep reading to decode this educational buzzword and see what it actually looks like in reality. What is interdisciplinary learning? Myra Strober … [Read more...]
There are seemingly endless options for after-school activities that your children can get involved in, from soccer to swimming to piano lessons. But what do your children really get out of these activities? Here are some reasons why your kids should participate in extracurricular activities, beyond the standard ‘it looks good on a resume.’ Extracurricular activities can foster an open mind Extracurriculars will give your children a chance to explore environments they may not encounter in … [Read more...]
See our other articles on this series below: Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (1): understanding the fundamentals of media Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (2): the elements of a news story Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (3): learning to write news copy (part 1) Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (3): learning to write news copy (part 2) Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (4): learning to research and identify sources of information Teaching kids … [Read more...]