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Literacy

The Balanced Approach to Literacy

It is important to use a balanced approach to literacy to effectively teach students to reading. A balanced approach to literacy is the most important strategy in teaching students to read. There are many places to go to find different strategies to a more balanced approach. I think the best p ... ...
Teacher Books

Books for the Teacher's Soul

    As educators, we do a lot of reading. We read stories to students, read stacks of paperwork, and read articles for professional development. So, when do we read just to read? And if by some miracle we have downtime to read why on Earth would we want to read about teaching? Becaus ... ...
Empathy

Developing Empathy - The Value of a Good Book

Research has shown that reading literary fiction, taking in stories that make you think, that challenge you to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, increases your empathy. I doubt that surprises anyone who's reading this blog. If you've worked with children then you know just how ... ...

Thinking Words vs. Fighting Words

   With a classroom full of students to teach and manage it can make for a stressful day. Many of us end up barking out commands and issuing ultimatums in order to keep things together. While sometimes necessary, using “fighting words” with students can often lead to power str ... ...

Teachers Create Their Own Apps

Smart phones are everywhere, and almost everyone, even kids, can now have access to smart phones. And this is one factor that has led to the proliferation of apps. Any app one can think of is already there. But not quite! There are teachers who would love to create their own apps, what with their h ...

Book Talks: A simple way to boost summer reading

Summer is fast approaching, and for some schools, students may already be out. If you are still teaching, now is a great opportunity to motivate your students to read books that interest them over the summer. One way to do this is to have book talks.To do this, you need to collect several books i ...

Emotional Learning Was Never More Important

Even children who are small enough to attend preschool and kindergarten should be given the opportunity to pick up important skills such as playing and sharing with and helping the other kids. Data from a growing corpus of research as well as elementary common sense suggests that the social skills ...

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Speech Therapy is Increasingly Important

Communication is the first step that begins to shape our lives. From learning new things in a school to solving an issue without taking extreme measures, proper communication is necessary to achieve many things.Language, by far, is one of the best modes of communication we humans have. It is a way ...

5 Reasons to Pursue a Career as an OBGYN

Also known as obstetricians, OBGYN doctors, specialize in women's health, reproductive issues and child birth. Those who wish to become an OBGYN must complete medical school and a four-year residency in a hospital pediatrics and OBGYN ward. Once college coursework and a residency have both been ... ...

Sustainability Management Tips for Small Businesses

Ways of doing business are changing drastically all over the world; various kinds of ideas and innovations are being implemented in businesses to make them successful. Business owners are looking forward to different kinds of business sustainability plans and programs so they have higher productivi ...

Fun Literacy Kit for Young New Yorkers

The New York Public Library has come up with a little something for kids to help promote literacy and get them started on reading and learning. It is called the Early Literacy Kit. This kit contains a literacy tip sheet, a growth chart, a guide to some extra literacy resources, and more.It's ce ... ...

Helping Your Students with ADHD

Teachers always face challenges with their students but what we are going to specifically talk about here are the kids who stare out the window, substituting the arc of a bird in flight for their math lesson, or the one who embraces their arts skills instead of paying attention in math class. These ...

Helping your Students Find Motivation

For some, school is a breeze. They glide through, it seems, without any sort of hold-ups and come out on the other side, unscathed. However, this is not the case for others. Some have a hard time getting done what they need to and stumble and falter the whole way through.While one student may have ...

An Inspiring Holyoke Story

HELIHELI, is an acronym that stands for the Holyhoke Early Literacy Initiative, a program initiated to encourage and train young children to read as early as possible during their formative years. It is a partnership between Holyhoke Public Schools and local community organizations that works with ...

Be Inspired by this Middle School

Children Learn More When InspiredIt’s a universal truth that people excel when they follow through on what inspires them. In this day and age, many middle and high school teachers will tell stories about how difficult it is to teach their students. One teacher who does not deal with this dile ... ...

Expand Your Horizons with an Overseas Stint

Traveling abroad to study or work is a big leap of faith. That is why there are only a few people that actually pack their bags and say goodbye to everything they grew up with. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the world though? Not just see it, but learn from its different cultures and expand your ... ...

AIM for French

French is the second most common language in the world, after English. It is the mother tongue of over 75 million people, and many others speak it as a secondary language. French is also one of the two working languages of the UN, apart from being the official language of 32 countries of the world. ...