Have you ever thought that your child is struggling to learn the way that he/she is being taught? Or, have you ever felt that no matter how much you review something with your child they just don’t seem to retain the information? Observations such as these may be indicative of either their particular learning style or possibly a learning disability. Children learn in different ways and the one size fits all models that occur in traditional classrooms may not be beneficial for all children. There are three primary types of learning: visual, auditory, and tactile. Some children will have overlap…
Do these phrases sound familiar? “I forgot my book at school.”“I did my homework, but I can’t find it.”“I didn’t know we had a quiz/test today.”“It takes forever for me to do my homework.” Study Skills seems to be quite the buzz phrase lately. Is there too much hype surrounding “study skills”? Absolutely not! Study skills can make or break a student’s success in the classroom and at home. We have repeatedly seen students increase knowledge, which improves grades, when applying sound study skills strategies. The best news is that using proven study skills is easily done. At the Learning…
One of the most common questions we hear is: “When should my child start planning for college and preparing for the ACT and SAT?" The short answer is that he or she has been doing that since entering first grade. It began with learning how to read and then learning simple math. Year after year, the reading became more advanced; same with the math, and then science was added. And as each bit of information becomes a larger “byte” of knowledge, students inch progressively closer to college. Preparing for the ACT or SAT is not a sprint. It is instead…
Providing individualized learning in a 1:1 student-teacher ratio is hardly a new idea, but this type of school model is changing quickly as our worldview concerning education evolves. Though it is an overused phrase, “teaching to the middle” of a group of students with widely varying ability levels (which is true of any classroom) has been proven to be quite ineffective for most children. Fast-paced learners often grow complacent or inattentive, while students needing more individualized consideration can be left feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. These are often the students who will “act out” or engage in problematic behaviors. It is…
When school doors close at the end of the year, most kids (and families) never look back. Summer is finally here. A break from teachers, grades, tests and from the overall anxiety that school causes some children. However, just because school shuts its doors for two months, doesn’t mean that learning doesn’t, or shouldn’t, happen. Summer school traditionally carries a negative connotation. For many students, it feels like a punishment and imposes a stigma that the only students subjected to summer school were those who truly failed the previous year. But in reality we need to erase the idea that…
My ongoing contributions to this page will be based around both a conceptual and practical understanding of behavior and how it is shaped, reinforced, and punished. We will utilize one "pretend" scenario, dissect it, analyze it, and look at the kinds of errors we may make in situations like this and the tools we have to deal with those successfully as well. Behavior, in short, is shaped by reinforcement and punishment. That statement may feel overly simplistic, but it is imperative, in that if we are to understand how to actually affect, change, manipulate others’ behavior(s) (and our own), we…
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- Catching learning differences early: Why it matters
- Improving Study Skills
- Preparing for college – and entrance exams!
- Benefits of a 1:1 Classroom
- The Summer Learning Advantage
- Reinforcement: One Key Tool In Managing Behavior
- What Is IQ and Why Is It Important?
- Metacognition and the Reading-Writing Connection
- Practical Ideas for Launching a Smooth New School Year
- What Role Does Confidence Play in Academic Success?
- Non-traditional Learning: The new trend in educating your child
- The Impact of Punishment on Behavior
- Why Assessment is Important…And Why You Shouldn’t Wait
- Back to School Tutoring Help? Better to Start Early
- Your Guide to a Parent-Teacher Conference
- How to Help the Unorganized Writer
- Giving Power to Parents
- Improving Handwriting and Communication Ability with Occupational Therapy
- ADHD and Giftedness?
- How to Get Started with Homeschooling
- Preparing for Exams – Study Tips that Work!
- Creating Clear Expectations
- Understanding the New SAT
- Applying to a private school? It’s all about the ISEE
- Planning Your Homeschooling Curriculum
- Managing the Parent-Child Behavioral Relationship
- Tips for a Successful School Year
- Setting up the Home Command Center
- When Getting TO School is Hard! (School Refusal)
- Preparing for the ISEE
- Is Online Schooling a Good Fit for Your Child?
- Homework Help—How much help is just right?
- True Behavior Modification is a Slow Process
- Learning Lab Wins Best Tutoring Center in Nashville & Williamson Parent Magazine
- Juggling Your After School Schedule
- Blended Learning: The nexus of education and technology
- Helping Your Child Define Goals and Success
- Is My Child Kindergarten Ready?
- The ACT Writing Test