September 23, 2014

19 Meaningful Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

By Terry Heick, Edutopia Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family. One of the most significant challenges facing formal  read more…

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Getting the Most Out of Practice Exams

By Grant Bergland From the Regents all the way to passing the Bar Exam to practice Law, tests are part of a student’s life at all ages. The best way to prepare for any test is to use practice exams to re-create, or put more cleverly, Pre-Create the experience you will have on test day.   read more…

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Learning How to Study

By Denny Simon (Math, Science, And Test Preparation) In my experience, the hardest part for most students (including myself) when getting ready for an exam is not actually learning the material- the real problem is having, and spending, enough time on all the material to be tested. I’ve seen friends and students study almost endlessly, but  read more…

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Decoding Multisyllabic Words and Vocabulary Development

By Liz Lazar Reading Specialist  Many students have trouble reading longer, multisyllabic words. They often look at the beginning of the word and guess at the rest of it, which usually leads to errors and thus affects their comprehension. I like to follow a plan that combines decoding the words more carefully using syllabication rules—there  read more…

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Using PAF to Bolster Reading Comprehension Strategies

By Tony Majewski (Director, Grades Pre-K through 8) The PAF program is full of strategies, not only based on phonemic awareness, but overall textual awareness that can also support a reader who is struggling with the process. The textual awareness aspect of reading is how the reader is able to give insight about what they  read more…

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Building Motivation & Interest in Struggling Readers

By Joanna Brown (Reading Specialist) Students who struggle with reading, often complain that they dislike reading.  Young readers often mask their difficulty with reading by saying things like,  “Reading is boring!” “This book is too easy!” “This is a baby book!” The latest research about struggling readers, such as dyslexic students, states that these types of  read more…

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