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Help Your Child Improve the Quality of Their Writing with the Sentence Combining Strategy

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

In the sentence combining strategy (generally used with children in grades 3 and up), students are taught to combine two simple sentences into one more sophisticated/complex sentence. Example: Simple Sentences: The girl lost her doll. The girl is crying Complex Sentence: The girl is crying because she lost her doll. Research studies demonstrate that sentence-combining practice can help young students …

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Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

In Educational Games and Programs, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educational Tips, Fun Ideas, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Working in public schools for over ten years, I have seen many teachers utilize the Starfall website to assist students with attaining basic reading skills. This is a program that can easily be used at home as well. Starfall, a program based on established research studies, can be used for students of any age, from emerging readers to those struggling …

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How to Set Up the Classroom for Students with Autism and ADHD

In ADHD, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators by Rachel Wise

This article gives a number of strategies that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to create a physical environment that helps meet the educational and behavioral needs of individuals with autism or ADHD. Very young children or children who have trouble understanding language would also benefit from some of these strategies. Every person is a unique individual, so in a group situation …

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12 Ways Schools Can Support Children on the Autism Spectrum

In Autism, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

As a behavior specialist and school psychologist, I often hear parents of children on the autism spectrum asking what support schools can provide for their child. Children with autism often have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school to enable them to have specific goals, accommodations, and modifications; however, some parents may be unsure of what should actually be put in …

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How to Motivate Your Students and Get Them to Listen to You (39 Effective Strategies for Classroom Management)

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators by Rachel Wise

This article (and video presentation which you will find at the end) gives you 39 effective classroom management strategies to help you get your students motivated to complete their work and follow the classroom rules and expectations. These strategies may not be what you are used to and might require changes on your part. While there is no perfect method for eliminating …

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Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

In Autism, Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Oppositional Defiant Disorder by Rachel Wise

See below for strategies and tips on implementing your classroom rules. Download [130.34 KB] Set Up Your RulesHaving rules/expectations for behavior in the classroom is a great way to encourage positive behavior if used correctly. For rules to be effective: keep them short and to the point, do not have too many rules (3 to 5 is a good rule …

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Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

In Bullying, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is a research-based program with a long-term goal to create a society of adults who are responsible/well-mannered citizens that use positive parenting methods. The overall short-term goal of the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. Empathy is defined …

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How to Help Kids Improve Reading Comprehension with Story Mapping

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

Research indicates that students who struggle significantly with reading comprehension benefit from learning a strategy called Story Mapping which is explained in detail below. To read more about the research on Story Mapping see The Effects of Training in Story Mapping Procedures on Reading Comprehension and A Story Mapping Intervention to Improve Narrative Comprehension Deficits in Adolescents with ADHD. What is Story …

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Is Labeling Children Good or Bad? The View of a School Psychologist

In ADHD, Autism, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

I am a school psychologist. My main job is to evaluate students to see if they are eligible for special education. In order for a child to be eligible they have to meet criteria for one of 14 disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). If they do not meet criteria for at least one of these …

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What Is Cyber School Like? 10 Facts About the K – 12 Experience

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Homeschool & Cyber School Info, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Have you ever wondered what cyber school is like? Working as an independent contractor school psychologist for grades K to 12, I work with a variety of types of schools, including charter schools, cyber schools (which may be run by a charter or district school), public schools, and private schools (secular and non-secular). My primary role is to evaluate students …

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What Can You Do if Your Child is Having Persistent Problems in School? (Tips for Parents)

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Special Education by Rachel Wise

The contents in this article refer to public schools in the United States. If your child attends private school or school outside of the United States, speak to your child’s school to find out if their policies for addressing the matters discussed in this article are the same or different. When Would You Request an Evaluation by a School Psychologist? …

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How to Help Your Child with Writing Skills through Guided Writing

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article explains how to help your child/student(s) develop writing skills through a research-based writing strategy called Guided Writing. While Guided Writing lessons are usually done with a small group of children in the classroom, parents can also utilize these strategies at home.It is very common for young children or children with learning or developmental disabilities to have trouble organizing …

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3 Ways to Use Timers to Encourage Homework and Chore Completion

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Parents, Study Skills by Rachel Wise

Sometimes getting children to do chores or complete homework can be a challenging task for the adults in their lives. Timers are an excellent way to motivate your child or student(s) to complete tasks and follow directions. Research and reputable resources consistently indicate the benefits of using timers with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). …

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5 Great Music Videos About Science for Kids: K to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Inspirational Stories/Videos, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Music is such an amazing teaching tool. It helps keep the learner engaged and is a great way to get concepts in grained in memory. There are so many amazing learning music videos on Youtube. Here are five great science songs, excellent for early elementary school kids. These songs even have my two year old interested in science. Once you …

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5 Fun Scientific Art Projects for Kids

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Hands-on Activities, Parents by Rachel Wise2 Comments

Just like all of us, kids want to feel happy and interested while they are learning. Hands-on activities, where children are creating, moving, and problem solving are wonderful for keeping kids engaged and involved. Science and art are two great ways to create hands-on activities! Interacting with kids in a positive way also helps to build bonds, practice social skills, and learn life lessons. …

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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Math Strategies, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise4 Comments

Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child’s memory. Have fun watching these videos with your child or students. Once they have learned the songs, enjoy singing them any …

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Break Ideas to Increase Student Motivation & Participation

In Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Preface: When I was in college majoring in psychology, I learned that the famous actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, had behavior problems in Junior High School. One of his teachers told him that he could do a comedy routine for a few minutes at the end of class for following the rules and completing work. This had a huge positive …

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5 Short Must-Watch Videos for Teachers

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel Wise1 Comment

The other day I saw this very powerful, motivational video on Linkedin and thought, “This is a must-watch for anybody who works with or raises kids!” (This is the first video below, by legendary educator Rita Pierson). Watching Ms. Pierson got me thinking that there must be other videos out there that can help boost the spirit and morale of …

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8 Unique Studying Tips for College Students with ADHD

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Educational Strategies & Tips, Study Skills by Doug Puryear

*Many of the tips in this article can also be taught to middle and high school students.School was never really a problem for me – until I went to college and hit a brick wall. I didn’t know how to study, and I didn’t know that I didn’t know how to study. I thought you studied by reading the chapter, …

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5 Ways to Give Your Child Extra Brain Power

In ADHD, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips by Rachel Wise

Parents help their kids with succeed at school in countless ways – with unconditional love and encouragement, pitching in on an extra-challenging assignment, helping secure the best possible IEP for children with ADHD, learning disabilities, or other special needs, etc. But it may not occur to many parents that there are ways to directly impact the very instrument of academic …