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Digital equity is a concern in many communities

Digital equity is a concern in many communities

October 17, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

When I was in middle and high school, I would often meet my friends on Sundays at the local public library, where we would work on our homework and conduct research for projects. We would thumb through the card catalog, searching for books or magazine articles that we could use as sources. Now, students can […]

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How to make the most of parent-teacher conferences

January 28, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Does the thought of sitting down with your child’s teacher make you squirm in your seat like a second grader? It shouldn’t, but it is surprising just how many adults find the face-to-face meeting with a teacher an uncomfortable experience. The purpose of parent-teacher conferences is to inform parents about their child’s progress and to […]

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Learning: It may be a matter of style

January 28, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

“This is … Ancient Greece Jeopardy!” my son announced from the back seat, kicking off an unexpected but entertaining 6th grade social studies lesson. We were returning home from a weekend visit with family in Connecticut, and the three-hour car ride provided ample time for him to complete the study packet for an upcoming test. […]

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You got WHAT on your report card! Parent portals ‘spoil’ the surprise

December 1, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

I don’t like surprises. Not for birthdays or anniversaries, and especially not when it comes to my children’s report cards. Luckily, parents no longer need to be taken by surprise by the grades and comments on the quarterly report from school. Today, there are many ways parents can keep track of their children’s performance on […]

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Helping your elementary child adjust to homework

Helping your elementary child adjust to homework

November 22, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Number bonds. Tape diagrams. Counting up. I sometimes feel like my third-grade child is speaking a foreign language when he asks for help with his math homework. “Um, what does that mean?” I ask. He can’t always explain. “Didn’t you learn how to do this today in school?” I ask. He shrugs. Completing math homework-the […]

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Focus on learning over results promotes academic integrity

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A story about cheating at Dartmouth College provides an opportunity to discuss with school-age children the importance of academic honesty. The Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H., often described as one of the nation’s elite private colleges, has accused 64 students of cheating in a sports ethics class. The students, many of them athletes, allegedly […]

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The connection between a good night’s sleep and good grades

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

We hear it all the time: It’s important to get a good night’s sleep. But how important is it when it comes to getting good grades in school? A study by the University of Minnesota recently surveyed more than 7,000 high school students about their sleep habits and grades. The results? On average, the kids […]

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Are good grades contagious?

March 6, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Whom your child hangs out with can have an effect on the grades he or she gets in school. At least that’s the finding of a new study recently published in the online journal PLOS One. The research suggests that the grades of friends rise or fall toward the average of their social circle over […]

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A test already? We just started this class!

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There’s been lots of talk about tests around the dinner table this week. The general consensus is that our children don’t like to take tests when they don’t know the answers. They’ve been taking one or more “pre-tests,” new this year as part of New York state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), new rules that […]

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Spur middle school study skills

December 14, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Studies show that many children’s grades drop during the first year of middle school. It’s at this point that they can become less interested in studying and less self-assured about their abilities. But rigorous academic standards and tougher high school graduation requirements mean students need to be diligent with their studies throughout the middle school […]

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