November 20, 2012
When a child begins to struggle academically, the problem may be out of a parent’s scope of expertise. This may be the time to consider a tutor
to help a student over the rough patch. How do you know which tutor will be able to offer the most help to your child? Start by asking these 10 questions before determining which professional will meet your child’s specific needs best.
Which subject is causing the most difficulty?
Before considering a tutor for your child, it is important to identify the specific areas in which your child needs help. This typically involves a conference with the teacher
to determine which subjects are causing your child the most difficulty. Reading
should be evaluated first, since reading troubles can cross into other subjects as well. Math
and science are also common subjects requiring tutoring, according to Education News Colorado
Does my child face organizational or academic challenges?
For some students, school issues are pointedly academic in nature, such as the child who is struggling with reading or sums. However, if you notice your child is performing well on tests, but showing more difficulty with homework, the cause of the problem could be more organizational than academic. Does your child have trouble keeping track of assignments? Does he complete assignments but fail to turn them in? Organizational issues
may require a different type of tutoring than academic problems.
Is the tutor trained to work with children with learning disabilities?
If your child has a...read more
October 15, 2012
A wealth of resources and web site links for all subject areas for kindergarten teachers.
- Shape Book Patterns - A to Z Shape Book Patterns with and without lines
- Literacy Sites available en francais and English - Literacy Center offers a fun and interactive site where early learners can explore numbers, letters, colours and shapes in English and French.
- RECENTLY UPDATED! OCDSB Kindergarten RESOURCES -
- CENTER SIGNS - A wonderful site. Every sign you can think of ! Great for labeling ~
- Internet4classrooms - Online Interactive Web Sites ~ Literacy and Math ~ For use as Independent Skill Activities during Center Time
- More Sequenced Lesson Plans from Utah - Looking for ideas and formal lesson plans and activites for your core curriculum then do check this one out!
- BACKFLIP Kinder Collection
- Carls Corner - 'Where kids play and teachers learn' Literacy
- FRENCH sites - FSL Activities with M. Renaud
- KINDERGARTEN ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Includes Kindergarten systems of various countries, functions of Kindergarten, what should kindergarten activities include, readings and external links
- Kindergarten Rubrics - In writing and science..can be modified and adapted
- Kindergarten Web Site...ings of the Day - Check in here frequently for...
October 15, 2012
Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement. Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it.
Cooperative efforts result in participants striving for mutual benefit so that all group members:
- gain from each other's efforts.
- recognize that all group members share a common fate.
- know that one's performance is mutually caused by oneself and one's team members.
- feel proud and jointly celebrate when a group member is recognized for achievement.
Why use Cooperative Learning?
Research has shown that cooperative learning techniques:
- promote student learning and academic achievement
- increase student retention
- enhance student satisfaction with their learning experience
- help students develop skills in oral communication
- develop students' social skills
- promote student self-esteem
- help to promote positive race relations
5 Elements of Cooperative Learning It is only under certain conditions that cooperative efforts may be expected to be more productive than competitive and individualistic efforts.
Those conditions are:
1. Positive Interdependence (sink or swim together)
- Each group member's efforts are required and indispensable for group success
- Each group member has a unique contribution to make to the joint effort because of his or her resources and/or role and task responsibilities
2. Face-to-Face Interaction (promote each other's...
October 14, 2012
, the teaching of subjects related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is an essential component to preparing the workforce of the future. However, it appears schools across the country are failing to answer that call. Few primary and secondary schools are offering courses in these subjects that directly apply to the workforce needs of today, and even where courses are available, they are still not considered part of the core curriculum. The good news is that as gurus in these industries begin to sit up and take notice of the gap in our education system, some schools are also rising up in an effort to bring STEM studies to public education
STEM is not widely embraced by the public education system in the U.S. currently. According to a report at U.S. News and World Report, only 2,100 high schools out of 42,000 currently offer the Advanced Placement
test in computer science. This number is actually down 25 percent over the past five years. In addition, few states allow computer science to be taken to meet a math or science requirement. Only nine states allow computer science to be used as a core class that goes toward meeting graduation requirements.
“It will get you just as close to graduation as it will if you take woodworking,” Brad Smith, executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft, told U.S. News and World Report
. “I love wood, but it’s not the future of our economy,” Smith...
February 17, 2011
Technology has become a mainstay in most of our society today, but it remains conspicuously absent in many primary and secondary classrooms across the country. Some innovative educators are hoping to change that trend, by introducing technology tools
that enhance rather than replace the human element in teaching. By combining personal teaching with online instruction
, some schools are hoping to save money and expand course opportunities to students at the same time. This article will explore the new and growing field of blended learning to ascertain how it works and discover the far-reaching benefits this classroom style might offer.
What is Blended Learning?
According to an article at Detroit Free Press
, blended learning combines classroom interaction with online content and delivery systems for a robust teaching curriculum. Students conduct some of their class time with an instructor, and the rest is performed on a laptop from home. The mix of classroom and Internet instruction
varies from program to program, but both elements must exist for it to be considered a true blended learning environment.
While blended learning on the surface may look like a less personalized approach to the learning process, the truth is that this system allows teachers to customize lessons to students' specific needs and provides better communication between students and teachers inside and outside the classroom.
A blended learning school week will look different from school to school. In some cases, the students may spend three or four days taking online classes at home and one or two days...read more
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