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How the school library is beginning a new chapter

How the school library is beginning a new chapter

January 22, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

When I was in school, many years ago, I spent many hours studying and researching in my school library. The library not only had the greatest variety of informational resources, it gave my friends and me a place to gather and work on projects together. We had to rely upon encyclopedias, newspapers and books as […]

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Brain breaks are fun but have a purpose

Brain breaks are fun but have a purpose

January 20, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

My kids love “brain breaks.” They will dance and follow directions with an attention I rarely see while they sing songs about syllables or follow brief workout routines. What’s a brain break? A brain break is a short mental break, typically limited to five minutes, taken during classroom instruction and work best when they incorporate […]

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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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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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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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Homework help: There’s an app for that

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Your child’s smartphone or tablet ranks high on the list of potential distractions to getting homework done. But instead of viewing technology solely as the enemy, you can harness its potential to improve organizational skills and enhance learning. An application called MyHomework (iOS, Android) provides a digital calendar for students to keep track of homework […]

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Raising a responsible child

February 29, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The text came within 60 seconds after the bus pulled away from the curb. “I left my math homework on dining room table. Can you bring it to school?” It was the fourth time in three weeks my 7th grader had forgotten something at home that absolutely had to be delivered to school or she […]

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Learning is all about style

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Any child who’s a fan of the Disney television show “Hannah Montana” has likely seen the episode in which Hannah (Miley Cyrus) sings “The Bone Dance Song.” It’s a song she made up to help her remember the skeletal system for a science test. Singing is a great way to remember information, but that doesn’t […]

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Minimize homework hassles

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

Your third grader bounds off the school bus, races into the house and tosses his backpack carelessly on the floor. He grabs the television remote and flicks on the TV before heading into the kitchen for a snack. Homework is clearly the furthest thing from his mind, and though you’re reluctant to bring it up, […]

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