"Here are a dozen strategies to motivate reluctant readers, and none of them involves stickers, certificates, or pizza. External rewards may work in the short term, but if you really want students to love reading you have to look for other options. Since this is just a quick overview, you’ll notice that some strategies contain links to additional sources that you can explore later"
Cursive writing at risk of being erased from schools Times Tribune of Corbin That research suggests the practice and process of handwriting may improve students' cognitive and motor skills development, enhance their literacy and help them retain...
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This week find four articles, covering a range of viewpoints, on the issue of privacy and large student databases. The SXSWedu Conference in Austin last week proved the topic is hot, and relevant to parents. Get informed. ● Enjoy articles this week by well-respected writers and researchers like Mimi Ito, Vaughan Bell and Alison Gopnik. ● Learn more about praising kids, overconfidence, attention, and why human young require such an investment of time and patience. ● Statements from PCM Top Influencers Bill Gates, Diane Ravitch, Linda Darling-Hammond and Randi Weingartenmade noisier news this week.
by Larry Cuban, School Reform and Classroom Practice
...the content and direction of preschools will be influenced by the ideological fervor of those wanting 'boot camp' instruction to prepare for school and those wanting more 'curiosity and play' rather than a brain on a stick. Thus, conflicts over what constitutes “high quality” preschools will continue even as access for toddlers expands. No panacea here.
The following quotes may be used in a variety of ways by both teachers and counselors. One idea is for a thought to be posted, read, and discussed at the beginning of each week. It could then be read daily with the students. At the end of the week ask them what they learned or how the thought applied to their lives or activities during the week. Have the children give written or oral examples, or have them draw a picture to illustrate their ideas.
Homeschooling has been around for most of recorded history, but hybrid homeschooling is a fairly new phenomenon. For hybrid homeschoolers, education takes on multiple dimensions, combining elements of both homeschooling and traditional schooling to take advantage of the best aspects of both. That means many hybrid homeschooling families study at home, with tutors, take classes with certified teachers, and even pursue outside educational activities to complete their curriculum. It’s a fun and enriching approach to education that is picking up steam, and we’ve noted several telling trends that say a lot about where hybrid homeschooling is today, and where it’s going.