All students require tools and strategies to succeed. Accommodations provide students with a way to utilize their learning strategies so that they can utilize them as strengths. The trick is knowing what accommodations to provide and why.
As a special education teacher, I have worked with many challenging parents. This article covers strategies for effectively working with these parents. Teaching students is our joy. Their parents are the reason we work 60 hour weeks.
A personal view on the teaching of literature at schools and some ideas to help students get more involved.
This article shares some ideas for creating a functional, comfortable work space for your child's virtual learning.
This article provides directions for teaching third grade students how to write an opinion essay.
Choosing the right tutor or teacher will help your children excel at learning. Knowing what to ask in an initial interview is key to hiring the right candidate. This article suggests some questions to ask during the interview.
An unprecedented school year has ended. Now, it's time to review and reflect on a year marked by school closure and distance learning. What went wrong? And what went right? Fourth on series entitled "Diary of a Virus."
Inclusive schools don't come about by chance. Schools that offer their English language learners an environment of inclusion have taken specific steps to bring this about, whether they realize it or not. Here are 5 effective ways to create an inclusive school to help ELLs thrive.
In this article, small yet possible improvements in the classroom's environment are discussed, hoping to provide more values in teaching generally.
I can never forget the "deer in headlights" look on an ELL's face his first day of school. It's a glazed expression, filled with anxiety and fear of the unknown. Offering our English learners a positive classroom environment is a significant way to alleviate their stress and help them succeed.
Research shows that when parents are actively involved in their children's education, students are more likely to experience academic succes Here are 10 effective ways to help integrate the parents of English language learners into our schools.
A reflection upon methods of inclusion which have been directly observed in the classroom by the author, comments on the possible effectiveness of said methods and, where possible, suggestions on how said methods may be improved or expanded upon.
A critical review of key theoretical literature on effective pedagogy in science in the Broad General Education Secondary phase of the Scottish education system. This article also considers the opportunities and challenges that these approaches may present to a newly beginning teacher.
The purpose of community circles is for students to share and listen to each other's thoughts, feelings and ideas. They're a way to foster inclusion—a sense of belonging for all students—regardless of cultural backgrounds and life experiences.
Promoting speaking, reading and discussion is important to aid life skills, memory skills, social skills, self-confidence and education. This is aimed at helping others to learn words, put them into context and promote confidence in doing so.
This article contains a lesson about electricity along with activities for students with visual impairments. This lesson can be modified for students with other disabilities as well.
A guide for teachers, probationers and student teachers on the key aspects of formative and summative assessment, and how both can be achieved and used to inform practice within the classroom setting.
I work with kindergartners, but most of these activities are customizable to any elementary grade level. You can keep the kids from being bored or glued to the TV and iPad all day!
Our nation has encountered a new challenge that has touched every home in America with children. Due to COVID-19, we all find ourselves in the same boat. Suddenly we all became homeschool families. As veteran or newbie homeschoolers, what is needed to endure this challenging season?
Having trouble navigating your way through online teaching? Here are 10 badass tools that will make it easy peasy for you.
Looking for some fun indoor activities for kids? This article highlights 10 ideas for parents who are homeschooling their children. Plus, even adults can play the games too!
Traditional classroom procedures that are still effective today.
If you're thinking of enrolling your child into Connections Academy, here are four important things you should consider.
Need a homeschool transcript or wondering what a homeschool transcript looks like but don't know where to begin? I've got you covered. Here's how to create a homeschool high school transcript, step-by-step with pictures.
This article explains environment assessments for students with low vision as related to the IEP.
This article addresses the most common mistakes students make when writing in English. It discusses the conventions of punctuation, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and other issues found in novice writing.
Understanding the way we process knowledge is crucial for making the right decisions regarding education. The theory of multiple intelligences is a good start.
This is a guide meant to offer some help and insight to those considering teaching in Thailand. This guide is geared towards non-native speakers but some of the information can be of use to native speakers too.
Research has suggested that the best teaching takes into consideration children’s general developmental, cognitive, and social characteristics. In addition,effective literacy curriculum includes the integration of children’s interests, cultures, families, and the communities in which they live.
Classroom sharing has become the norm in many public schools across the U.S. Here are 3 good reasons why this approach is ineffective. Written by somebody who shared her classroom for several years.
Co-teaching has become increasingly popular in U.S. public schools. Here are 5 reasons it doesn’t work and is a huge waste of resources. Written by somebody who co-taught for several years.
Here are 5 significant yet simple ways administrators can support teachers before they even step into the building in the fall. Teachers will be empowered and equipped for a successful school year. In fact, they may never want to leave their school!
A teacher cannot be a successful teacher unless s/he knows how to motivate a student. In fact, without motivating your student, you will not be able to fulfill your sole responsibility as a teacher. Here are the 13 Tips To Motivate Students In The Classroom.
There are some teachers who seem to possess a natural ability to educate their students and then with others it seems more like a "tug of war!" Do these successful teachers incorporate a "secret weapon" or is it a technique everyone can obtain?
An effective and fun way to teach English vocabulary, idioms, and figurative language is through songs! English language learners are usually highly motivated to learn the lyrics of music they recognize and like.
This article covers instruction in teaching intermediate grade elementary children how to be proficient in applying the English language arts.