Archive for the ‘Parents’ Category

  • Watch Your Mouth: Speaking with Parents

    on Aug 20, 14 • in Management, Parents • with Comments

    Parent Meeting

    Each year we get a new group of students and they bring along parents.  We have opportunities at the beginning of the year to set up a relationship here that can work towards learning or against learning.  There are a few simple things you can do as you start the school year to invite parents into your classroom and open communication. 1.  Watch Your Language.   As educators we are immersed in the vocabulary and acronyms of education.  We understand our curriculum and strategies we use in our classrooms for mathematics and reading education.  Parents do not know

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  • The Importance of Reading Out Loud

    on Aug 19, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Young Student Ready To Study

    Read out loud. It’s my mantra. I don’t care how old my elementary students are, I feel they all can benefit from reading out loud to their grown ups. And in this hurried world we live in, the grown ups benefit too. Younger readers need to read out loud to practice reading strategies, to work on pronunciation and increase comprehension. If younger students read on their own and stumble across words, they are losing valuable comprehension skills. Younger readers need to be reading under the watchful eye of a grown up in order for the

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  • 6 Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities Who Plan to Attend College

    on Aug 15, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Parents, Policy, Special Education • with Comments


    It’s that time of year again! Students everywhere, including students with Learning Disabilities, are gearing up to start another year of school. For many of these students, this will be their last year as high school students. It’s a year full of many emotions and uncertainty about their future. Homecoming, Homecoming Week, Prom, Senior Night, visualizing graduation ceremony, worrying about passing all their classes… and the list goes on and on of all the many activities and thoughts seniors have their last year in high school. There is simply so much to do and be

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  • Robin Williams Passing Shouldn’t be in Vain

    on Aug 12, 14 • in Featured, Opinion, Parents, Special Education • with Comments

    Robin Williams, 1951-2014 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Remembering Robin Williams, a Great Icon Like most of us, I was stunned to hear the news of beloved actor, Robin Williams untimely passing. It was a reminder to me that you never know what someone else is going through. From the outside, all looks well. However, depression is an emotion that starts on the inside and works its way out. No matter who you are, it can happen to you. In life, I always try to take something away from such tragic situations. As I don’t know Robin Williams personally, the one thing that

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  • It’s August: Better to Get to Work on those Summer Work Packets!

    on Aug 11, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Parents • with Comments


    “Ancora imparo. [I am still learning.]“ ― Michelangelo, at age 87 in 1562 In the United States, students will spend 96 weeks or collectively about two years of their academic life in summer vacation days. There is tradition of “taking a break” associated with summer vacation, yet, there is a growing body of research on the adverse impact of summer vacation on student learning.  Many researchers refer to the achievement damage done as the “summer slide,” especially for urban communities. So what do some teachers do to counter this effect? At the beginning of summer, students are sent home

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