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Glossary of Education Terms for Parents

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Parents, Special Education by Rachel Wise

As a parent, you may hear certain unfamiliar terms while attending school meetings or talking to your child’s teacher or principal. You may also hear your children saying some of these words, but when you ask them to explain further they may have trouble providing an accurate definition. Below is an alphabetical list to help you out. Feel free to …

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6 Research-Based Multiplication Strategies Parents Can Try at Home

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

This article has six short videos with effective, research-based strategies to help kids with multiplication (see research references at the bottom of article). The methods shown cover single-digit and multi-digit equations. Video number 2 gives great strategies for memorizing the times tables (100’s Chart) from 0 x 0 = 0 to 10 x 10 = 100. You will also find a …

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Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

In Behavior Strategies, Behavior Support, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

What is Responsive Classroom? Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching elementary and middle school students. Responsive Classroom stresses the importance of fusing social-emotional learning with academic learning to create the optimal environment for success. Research finds that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher math and reading achievement, an improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction. Responsive Classroom …

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How to Teach Children to Study Academic Content and Vocabulary

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Study Skills by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Studying can be a frustrating task when it doesn’t feel like you are retaining the concepts, you don’t know what to focus on, you are doing the same repetitive thing over and over, and you don’t feel prepared for the test. When children feel this way they often avoid studying, refuse to study, or shut down while studying. You may …

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Creative Ways to Get More Out of a Three-Ring Binder

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Sponsored by Quill.com Changing student behavior is one of the greatest challenges parents and educators face. Keeping children engaged, maintaining focus, and challenging them are all strategies in the toolbox for encouraging behaviors that enable kids to learn effectively. Sometimes, however, it’s the little things that have huge effects on behavior. The environment a child walks into each day can …

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Top 5 Reasons Why Physical Education is As Important As Schoolwork

In Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional by Ray SamLeave a Comment

Version in Spanish Many schools are now motivating students to maintain a balance between their school work and physical education. Physical education is an essential part of healthy living for people of all age groups, especially those going to school. This is because school life is full of stress and anxiety at every stage. Researches have proved the importance of …

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4 Research-Based Strategies Parents & Teachers Can Use to Teach Basic Math

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

When teaching math to kids, it is important to follow the natural progression of how they learn best. When children learn language, they first learn the name on an object by someone else pointing to it or touching it and saying the name. For example, a parent points to and touches the family dog while saying “doggy.” After the parent …

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Evidence-Based Approach Improves Student Behavior and Engagement

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

Research indicates that when teachers use the 5-to-1 ratio approach in their classrooms, student behavior and engagement improves. What is the 5-to-1 Ratio?During the school day students and teachers share a number of interactions. For example, they discuss academic concepts and content and teachers provide feedback to students. Research supports the idea that having five positive interactions to every one …

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Orton-Gillingham-An Instructional Approach to Teaching Students with Dyslexia

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

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach mainly intended for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. Dyslexia makes it difficult for a person to connect sounds to letters and/or blend combinations of letters quickly and fluently in reading. Dyslexia can effect phonemic awareness, the ability to hear and separate the smallest sounds in a word, which  can …

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Learn About the Water Cycle, Conflict Resolution & More through These Catchy Tunes

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Parents by Lauren MayerLeave a Comment

If you google that title phrase “Can Music Make Your Child Smarter,” you’ll get over 3 million links to articles, studies, and anecdotal evidence of how music affects the brains of both children and adults. Music is such a valuable learning tool.  Many teachers love using music to create a mood – calm music for when they want the kids quietly …

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23 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity in Teenage Students with ADHD

In ADHD, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Study Skills by Jack MilgramLeave a Comment

My primary goal is to make things easier for students. There are many obstacles students face when studying. I’m trying to simplify their lives by giving them helpful tips. One day, an idea to write an article for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) came to mind. A family member of mine named “John” struggles with ADHD, and talking with him …

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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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10 Simple Ways to Improve Children’s Behavior (Home and School)

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

Parents and teachers often wonder how to discipline a child with behavior problems. Although some children truly have challenging behaviors regardless of what strategies we try, many children just need to have the adults in their lives make changes in the way they react, respond, or interact with them. This article gives 10 simple strategies that you can start implementing right …

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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 …