November 26, 2014

Keeping Them Interested…Every Time

By Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Report (Purpose-based education is the key!) “Why does this matter?” Teachers are often called upon to answer this question about an academic subject, and computer science instructors may face this demand more frequently than most. Learning to write lines of code can seem, to many students, like a pointless exercise in  read more…

Common Core! Common Core! Common Core!

Christina Alicea (Elementary Education and Reading) As educators, parents and students we hear this controversial phrase being thrown around constantly but what does it mean? What IS the Common Core? The Common Core is a set of educational standards (goals) for grades K-12 in both mathematics and English language arts. As a nation, we decided that  read more…

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Is a finance or consulting job in your child’s future? (This skill will put them YEARS ahead of their peers)

By Laura Togut (Economics, Excel, Photography) No boss will ever ask your child to recite the quadratic formula by heart. Yes, math can be useful in the real world, but in ways that aren’t typically taught in schools. So why wait until your child leaves the nest to equip them with skills that they will  read more…

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CLOVER: 6 Syllable Types

As a strategy to teach decoding, students can learn to identify and categorize within 6 syllable types.  The acronym CLOVER helps students to remember the 6 types. Closed Consonant Le Open Vowel Pair Magic E Bossy R Once students develop an understanding of these six syllable types and can accurately code words by categorizing the  read more…

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Kids and Screen Time: What Does the Research Say?

By Juana Summers, NPR.org Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without  read more…

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Bloom’s Taxonomy Saves the Day

by Elizabeth Walters (Writing and Test Preparation) “Read this chapter for tomorrow, and be prepared to discuss it.” Students hear sentences like this one over and over in school, but what does it mean to be prepared to discuss a text? Often it means to be ready to answer the teacher’s questions, but how do  read more…

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