College Support

College Support

School has started.  Leaves are in the process of changing colors.  The weather is turning brisk.  These are signs that fall is in the air.  For high schoolers, this season brings with it the excitement and perhaps intimidation of applying for colleges and universities.  These deadlines are approaching quickly, but for struggling students or students with disabilities, there are still questions that need to be answered.

To Type or Not to Type...

To Type or Not to Type…

To type or not to type….. that is a question many students are facing when thinking about taking notes during this new school year.  A new school year is a fresh start in studying habits, being organized, and a renewed commitment to the learning process.  However, with the technology age in full throttle, we may need to rethink the way our students are taking notes, so that the actual studying and learning becomes more productive. 

Summer Slide

Summer Slide

Do you remember the exhilaration of simply sliding down a slide?  Do you remember the joy of exploring a new playground with an unconquered slide waiting for you to try out?  Slides seem to be a staple item on playgrounds, parks, or even back yard play structures.  But not all slides are beneficial to our children.  Summer is in full swing, but an all too common slide is lurking waiting to hurt our children more than we can afford. 

Running and the Brain

The encouragement to keep physically active is everywhere.  Strengthening our heart and lungs, are essential to helping other organs and our bodies in general work better.  All exercise generates more energy for the brain.  With the dawning of new and promising research, it is being seen that there is a strong link between running and a younger, more active brain.  Doctors are now discovering that not only are we smart to run, but we can actually become smarter if we do! The act of running not only strengthens our heart and lungs but also is building our brains to function better.  Vigorous cardiovascular exercise such as running pumps oxygen and glucose-rich blood to your brain.  As we age our brain read more[…]

Let the Music Play!

There was a song in the ‘90s where Janet Jackson requested the DJ to “Give me a beat….”  Not surprising, a very catchy beat was then played along with the rest of the song.  I would hear this song, sing, and tap the steering wheel as I drove.  Little did I know or realize that the simple act of clapping, drumming, or moving to a beat was actually improving my language skills! The BBC News recently published that rhythm is an integral part of language and language skills.  Some of the discoveries through different tests and studies show that different methods of interacting with music or rhythm enhance different aspects of language skills.  One discovery was that practicing music strengthens reading.  read more[…]

Teaching that Builds Math Understanding

Teaching that Builds Math Understanding

There is a debate raging in math education today centered on an an old question.  “Which is the more important when teaching mathematics – algorithm or conceptual understanding?” The question stems from different mathematical points of view. Countless studies for both methods of teaching exist, but the latest research being presented may be the “peace offering” to both sides of the debate. The most recent research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics focusses not on which method of teaching mathematics is better, but in the assurance that good, logical, and concise teaching of mathematics is happening.Good teaching of math needs to be equally focused on two areas to create well rounded students who can take the mathematical principles learned read more[…]

Fun with Fractions

Fun with Fractions

Moans, groans, and physical agony may be seen and heard at the simple instruction of “Please take out your math book.”  Adding to the horror is the realization that today’s lesson is on Fractions.  Fractions can be one of the most difficult math skills to master, let alone understand.  It is the black sheep of the mathematical family, for it breaks the rules many young students have mastered.  However, new research and techniques can make learning fractions fun! The government is doing its best to restructure how fractions are taught to young students.  They are taking notice from testing results that students who often do well in math are suddenly and quickly hitting a wall when fractions are introduced.  There read more[…]

Get Ready for "Read Across America Day" on March 3rd!

Get Ready for “Read Across America Day” on March 3rd!

Just around the corner, students across America will have VIP visitors in their classrooms.  The unconfirmed but highly speculated visitors will include: The Who’s from Whoville, Sam I Am, Mr. Knox and Mr. Brown, Aunt Annie, Horton, and of course The Cat in the Hat.  These are just some of the headliners.  On March 3, schools across the country will launch a month long celebration of reading with Read Across America Day.  We can thank Dr. Seuss for giving us such colorful characters that will grace their presence in the classrooms.  As a thank you, educators throughout the nation will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ (Theodor Seuss Geisel) birthday. March 3rd is the official kick off for a month long encouragement read more[…]

Dyslexia and New Brain Research: Encouraging Findings

Dyslexia and New Brain Research: Encouraging Findings

You have just been told your child has dyslexia.  Some may be thankful for a diagnosis that explains years of academic struggle, while others face the reality with discouragement.  Every parent wants their child to walk a path that is struggle free; however, that kind of life is not a reality. New research may offer encouragement, though, to parents of a struggling child to see their child’s unique strengths. New scientific findings support the theory that people diagnosed with dyslexia may possess unique cognitive strengths.

National Handwriting Day: Let's Make John Hancock Proud!

National Handwriting Day: Let’s Make John Hancock Proud!

  January 23rd, 2014 will mark the 277th birthday of John Hancock.  Known for being a prominent statesman, businessman, and member of society, it is Mr. Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence that may be one of the most recognized accomplishments of his life.  Being the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, he did so with confidence and elegance. In his day, a person’s signature signaled social class, education, and feelings toward a document. It was said that “A good hand was the sign of a good man”.  His signature and penmanship has been evaluated, copied, and respected to this day.  To celebrate his birthday, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) created the National Day of Handwriting in read more[…]