5 Tips for Using YouTube Effectively in Your Classroom

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Guest Post by Quincy Smith

With rapid advances in technology, almost every child has access to a screen of some sort. Instead of condemning these screens as a distraction, smart educators can leverage their power and effectiveness by building lessons around them. YouTube is one of the largest sources of free video material in the world. Regularly utilizing YouTube content in the classroom can help you keep your class focused and engaged.  It also helps children learn that the Internet can be used for more than just games.

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10 Online Resources and Apps for Dyslexic Students

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Guest post by Sharon Conwell

Having a child with dyslexia in your classroom is no longer an insurmountable challenge. In fact, these days there is no need for children with dyslexia to be at a disadvantage compared to their classmates. Technology has improved many aspects of life, including a variety of new tools that help dyslexic students thrive in school, and support their teachers. Here are the top 10 online resources and apps for dyslexic students.

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7 Tactics to Engage Students in Academic Writing

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Guest post by Gloria Kopp

Academic writing can sometimes be a difficult skill to teach. That is especially the case when your students are not interested and engaged in the lesson at hand. Each classroom will have a different dynamic, skills and ways of learning. As such, it’s essential that teachers adapt and adjust their methods in order to increase their classroom engagement and the interest of the individual students. Here are 7 tips for engaging students in writing:

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5 Things Teachers Wish They Could Tell Parents

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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Guest post by Paula Hicks, blogger and editor

In this day and age, being a teacher is one of the most challenging and stressful professions. Not only do they have to deal with the increasingly demanding curriculum and getting through to the students which are too preoccupied by social media, but they also have to deal with their parents who sometimes have unrealistic expectations.

Of course, it is only natural for every parents to think their child is God’s gift, but the fact of the matter is that reality is always different. Teachers see more than parents do, because they get a front row seat, and they know how education really works. This is why we have put together a list of five things teachers wish they could tell parents, but can’t for one reason or another.

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How Does Homework Affect Students? (An Infographic)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Martina Lavoie from Oxford Learning

Homework can help a child succeed in school, but it can also become a source of considerable stress. As parents, you can help your child have a stress-free homework experience. Having a clear and organized homework routine at a young age helps children develop better homework habits as they get older, when homework becomes more difficult and time-consuming. There are many ways in which you can support your child, including providing a quiet homework area, creating a consistent schedule, hiring a tutor, and more.

Read the infographic below to learn more about how homework can lead to students’ stress, as well as helpful tips on helping your child deal with that stress.

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10 Easy Ways to Help Your Child Develop Self-Control

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Alice Honeycutt

Self-control is an important life skill for kids to learn, ideally at a young age. If they know how to control their impulses, they will study instead of watching TV, save money for retirement, and otherwise “defer gratification”. Research shows that kids with self-discipline do better in school, get along better socially, and are more cooperative. They grow up to be competent, confident and content with their lives. These are not theories or assumptions, but proven insights from Walter Mischel, the psychologist of the famed marshmallow study.

Aren’t those some great reasons to help your young kids develop self-control? Here are 10 easy ways to help develop this useful trait in your child.

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Homework Study Skills: How to Study Smarter, Not Harder (Infographic)

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Guest post by Aris Grigoriou, Student Recruitment Manager at Study Medicine Europe

As students get older, demands on their time for both schoolwork and homework increase. Rather than studying harder (spending more hours on homework), they can study smarter. This infographic shares some useful study skills tips like chunking up study time into 30-minute blocks of time or taking a refreshing 20-minute nap.

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5 Simple and Inexpensive Educational Children’s Toys

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Guest blog post by Wassana Lampech

When parents hear the words “educational toys”, they may picture fancy high-tech gadgets or educational apps. But toys don’t have to be high-tech or expensive to be educational. Kids can have unstructured play with toys and still be learning. Here are 5 unexpectedly educational children’s toys:

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10 Tips For a Successful Party Book Fundraiser

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Guest blog post by Ann Garrett, Executive Director of CISPA (California Independent Schools Parents Association)

I recently asked a group of approximately 30 Parent Association Presidents: What is your single most successful fundraiser with the lowest cost and “headache”? The response was unanimous – PARTY BOOK. What is a Party Book? It is a fundraiser consisting of an assortment of parties that families purchase to attend. Party Book allows you to create a community within your school body and raises money at the same time. Here are some tips on how to put together a highly successful Party Book Fundraiser for your school.

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10 Ways to Help Your Teen “Survive” High School and Prepare for College

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Guest post by Bronwyn O’Malley, Marketer and Blogger

High school was hard when I was a teen, but feels like a cakewalk compared to the current demands on students to get into college. College admission has become much more competitive, and today’s teens find themselves under a great deal of pressure. Here are 10 ideas for helping your teen through their high school days and into the college of their dreams.

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