Making Math Fun in the Classroom
By Mike Ritchie
To make learning math fun, the public-school system in the Washington DC suburb of Arlington, Virginia, holds an amazing event in May. Each year for the past 14 years, 23 schools have sent a team of students to a math competition, which includes trophies and School Spirit Awards! The district has found that these …
Learning ASL with Different Learning Styles
by RaVen Sequoia
Most of us, by now, have discovered we have different learning styles when mastering a subject.
There is now a newer Learning Style approach called “Multiple Intelligences”. Most traditional teaching methods that is used (and still being used) is mainly linguistic and logical teaching.
Learning Style simply means there are different techniques where a …
A lot goes into the process of helping someone learn. Strong educators and an attuned curriculum are obviously crucial. Differentiated instruction and purposeful assessments promote student buy in and a felt need for learning. However, none of these factors will lead students toward their optimal growth without accountability.
It makes sense. The best teaching and teaching materials won’t make a difference if a student isn’t compelled to engage …
How Your Local Library Can Make You a Better Tutor
Walk into a library on any given afternoon and you are likely to find at least one tutor hard at work with a student. Good tutors are no strangers to the library. However, great tutors know the library is more than just a venue for study sessions.
Unlock all that your local library has to offer by following these simple …
The Power of Building Parent Relationships
Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first –Matthew Jacobson
I keep this quote at the heart of my classroom. Each day when the first bell rings and my students skip down the hallway into my classroom, I am reminded that their parents are always their first champions. It is this thought that keeps me knowing that every …
When summer vacation hits and students leave their classrooms behind, too often they leave learning behind as well. The result is a “summer slide” that leaves students playing catch-up when they return to school in the fall.
So the problem is, how can we as tutors, educators, and parents help prevent this “summer slide”? One thing is for sure, if we are …
3 Steps to Encourage Student Mindfulness
As educators, one of our most important roles is helping our students acquire knowledge and giving them authentic opportunities to apply it. Typically, these efforts are focused on curriculum and standards-based skills.
5 Practical Ways to Use Music to Promote Learning
The correlation between music and learning remains a frequent topic of research and inquiry. Whether it’s listening or playing, studies clearly show that music can positively impact the brain’s ability to engage with and learn content.
Of course, there’s more to maximizing this …
Personalizing Student Support
Support for students is crucial for their growth. More importantly, providing personalized support means that the educator or facilitator of learning sees each student as an individual and makes a plan to meet each one at his or her point of need.
Seemingly more than ever, the focus on the student, the whole student, and nothing but the student is an afterthought. Many other variables mask what …
Three Ways to Boost Vocabulary
Improving literacy skills can often be a complicated proposition. Successful readers and writers use a combination of several skills such as print awareness, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension skills, grammar, and spelling to be able to both understand and create meaningful text. Improving a student’s overall literacy skill-set requires a multifaceted approach that deals with the individual skills as well as practice putting the skills together.