August 29, 2014

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Teaching History in the Present

By Hillel Gruenberg (History and Writing) Living in the age of the 24-hour news cycle we have been conditioned to believe that current events and all their rippling ramifications can and should be understood immediately and totally. As we watch one talking head after another hastily and confidently assert their perception of events as beyond  read more…

Parenting, Brilliantly

By Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Report The end of summer is when I finally get to catch up on the reading I’ve been wanting and meaning to do. In case you missed them, here are the posts I’ve written for Motherlode, the New York Times‘ parenting blog. Happy reading!—Annie Harry Potter Casts A Spell for Tolerance Parents often seek  read more…

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4 Qualities of a Great Tutor

by David Hollander (Test Preparation, Math, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation) 1. Fairness. You are the leader in the tutoring session and your behavior determines the student’s behavior. The student will look to the tutor constantly for consistent leadership. It is therefore important that the tutor understands what he or she asks from the student and  read more…

15 Can’t Miss Spelling Rules!

By Joanna Brown (Reading Specialist) Students who are struggling with decoding and spelling will benefit from explicit instruction offered with programs such as PAF.  In addition to the six syllable types mentioned here, there are many other rules that help to give organization to the English language.  Here are 15 spelling rules as detailed in the  read more…

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How Does PAF Make Learning How to Read Easier?

By Tony Majewski (Director, Lower and Middle School Divisions) PAF is defined as “Prevention Against Failure.” PAF is an interesting name for a program because preventing something usually has a negative connotation. To prevent forest fires, one must be very cautious while hiking in the woods. To prevent lung cancer, one must avoid cigarettes and being around those  read more…

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Back to School Book Reports!

By Brittany Cogan (Elementary and Special Education) It’s that time again folks. Labor Day is here and your son or daughter has yet to write a book report on a book he or she read this summer. You asked your son or daughter to begin the report and not leave it for the last minute, but  read more…

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