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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 Sam

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. Several Researches have proved the importance of physical activities …

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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 Strategies, Parents by admin

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 & Engagement

In Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Special Education by admin

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 …

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

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

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 Mayer

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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Five Ways Musical Training Helps with Children's Brain Development

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Natalie Wilson

Music engagement is an excellent way to encourage brain development in children. Music has the ability to activate many different areas of the brain at once, such as areas associated with language, memory, hearing, and areas used to process sensory information. Additionally, music is also adored by children all over the globe, therefore making it an excellent way to do …

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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 Milgram

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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Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by admin

A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you? Additionally, many occupational therapists, experienced in working …

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Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn't Real! Here's Why!

In ADHD, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by admin

If you are not familiar with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), below is an image of the the diagnostic criteria reported in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V), which is the manual utilized by doctors (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians) to diagnose ADHD. After the image, I will discuss my thoughts about the popular claim …

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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 Strategies by admin

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 …