Educational Strategies & Tips




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

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

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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-combiningContinue Reading

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

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

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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, fromContinue Reading

Check out These Fun Facts and Tips about Using Tablets in the Classroom

Check out These Fun Facts and Tips about Using Tablets in the Classroom

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What happens to kids who fall behind in the classroom? Many times they get discouraged, lose attention and get bored. And when that happens…they’re less likely to keep up, creating a detrimental cycle. So how do students who fall behind get caught up? Teachers have a new tool in their arsenal: the tablet. Here’s howContinue Reading

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

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

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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,Continue Reading

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

12 Ways Schools Can Support Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

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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 are unsure what should actuallyContinue Reading

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

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

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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 isContinue Reading

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

Printable Classroom Rules with Matching Visuals

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Set Up Your Rules Having 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 of thumb), and phrase them in the positiveContinue Reading

Research-Based Program Improves Students’ Ability to Focus, Concentrate, & Learn

Research-Based Program Improves Students’ Ability to Focus, Concentrate, & Learn

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Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based program, created by Pearson Education, to help students improve their ability to focus, concentrate, and learn by improving their working memory. Difficulty focusing, concentrating, completing tasks, or even following instructions may be caused by deficits in working memory. Working memory is defined as the ability to hold information in short-term memoryContinue Reading

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

Exercise Ideas to Support Kids with Autism & ADHD

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Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatmentContinue Reading

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

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

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  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 ofContinue Reading