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Susan Fitzell, the homework coach, shares practical resources that help all ages with the home work of learning!
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Umm Studying, What's That? - Video Article

This video article from the NH Chronicles television show focuses on Shivahn and Susan Fitzell, and their book, Umm Studying, What's That? Shivahn explains h...
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Yes, These Five Steps Will Help Your Students Learn Faster! -

Yes, These Five Steps Will Help Your Students Learn Faster! - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Teach Using These Five EASY Steps and Watch Your Students Learn Faster!
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Learn what every teacher should know about helping students have better memory,  comprehension, and test success! These five steps will help your students learn faster because they incorporate non-linguistic representation (that’s visuals in research jargon) into your homework instruction. 

 
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Parenting Strategies that Reduce Symptoms of Autism - Recommended Reading -

Parenting Strategies that Reduce Symptoms of Autism - Recommended Reading - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Reduce Symptoms of Autism
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This is an encouraging article for anyone wanting to support youth with autism. 

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Children and Personal Safety: What are you doing about it? -

Children and Personal Safety: What are you doing about it? - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Children and Personal Safety
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I have been teaching martial arts to children for years. At one time, I felt compelled to write an article titled, “Girls do Ballet and Boys do Karate” because of my frustration with the stereotype pervading children’s activities.Children and Personal Safety

Both my children took martial arts from Kindergarten through High School. They weren’t given another option. I realize that they could still get attacked, but I know that as their mother, I did the best that I could to make sure they had self-defense skills, understood what message body language sends to others and know all that you say in the video above. I pray they never need to use those skills, but I know they have them just in case.

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An Open Letter to Ann Coulter about the R-word -

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter about the R-word - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Special Olympics Athlete John Franklin Stephens writes An Open Letter to Ann Coulter about the R-word
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Special Olympics Athlete John Franklin Stephens posts a powerful and necessary open letter to address the use of the R-word. The R-word is a word that needs to go away.

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Seven Homework Strategies That Parents Can Use to Reinforce Learning -

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Seven Homework Strategies That Parents Can Use to Reinforce Learning
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Homework is controversial. There’s research that says it’s not beneficial. There’s research that indicates that it increases achievement. Which is it? Well, I'm sure that It’s not about quantity, or the amount of time spent on the homework. Then what is it? What can we do about it?

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Homework is controversial. There’s research that says it’s not beneficial. There’s research that indicates that it increases achievement. Which is it? Well, I'm sure that It’s not about quantity, or the amount of time spent on the homework. Then what is it? What can we do about it?

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Seven Homework Strategies That Parents Can Use to Reinforce Learning -

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Seven Homework Strategies That Parents Can Use to Reinforce Learning
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Homework is controversial. There’s research that says it’s not beneficial. There’s research that indicates that it increases achievement. Which is it? Well, I'm sure that It’s not about quantity, or the amount of time spent on the homework. Then what is it? What can we do about it?

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Homework is controversial. There’s research that says it’s not beneficial. There’s research that indicates that it increases achievement. Which is it? Well, I'm sure that It’s not about quantity, or the amount of time spent on the homework. Then what is it? What can we do about it?

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Evernote Clearly - Fantastic Solution for Students with Reading and Organizational Difficulties! -

Evernote Clearly - Fantastic Solution for Students with Reading and Organizational Difficulties! - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Evernote Clearly - Fantastic Solution for Students with Reading and Organizational Difficulties! Talk about a MAJOR solution for students or (adults) with ADD, reading difficulties, or vision issues!
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When I am on a web page and click on that little Evernote desk lamp icon (EN Clearly) it totally takes out ALL the peripheral distractions! All I have in front of me is my article.  And the best part?  This is one of those great tools that works on almost every platform!

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Martial Arts and the Awakening of a Public School Teacher | Cogent Catalyst Publications

Martial Arts and the Awakening of a Public School Teacher | Cogent Catalyst Publications | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

Do you struggle to understand what it is like for someone who learns differently? Whether that person is a youth or adult, it is sometimes difficult to walk in their shoes. Well, I had that opportunity and tell the story in my new eBook Martial Arts and the Awakening of a Public School Teacher. Available only in eBook format, for Kindle or Nook.

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Not being very coordinated or athletic, my martial arts practice put me in the shoes of students who struggle in school in a way that hits home on a very personal level.

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Virtual Manipulatives! for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Virtual Manipulatives! on the App Store. Download Virtual Manipulatives! and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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How Parents Can Help Their Child With Homework? | Parenting

How Parents Can Help Their Child With Homework? | Parenting | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

Homework is very important for children. Performance at school can depend upon it. Some teachers give a lot of homework. A child may need help from the parents. In fact, parents should always help their child complete homework. How?

How to Help your Child Complete His or Her Homework?As soon as your child returns from school, check and see if he or she has any homework.
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This list of homework tips for parents is a wonderful foundation to build upon.
Recent scientific research has confirmed that we all have different learning preferences and that we all learn best with different strategies. Brain research has shown that regardless of learning style, we all process information in specific ways.

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Teachability: RTI: A Clustering Strategy to Assist Overwhelmed Writers

Teachability is an environment for passionate teachers to connect, discuss, learn and improve. An environment where questions are welcome and breakthroughs are celebrated. This blog post on April 5, 2012 hightlights a writing solution: Educational consultant Susan Fitzell wrote a short post on her Response to Intervention Online website last week about helping students with writing assignments by using clustering.  By having a student brainstorm for topic-related words, and building them into sentences and paragraphs, the overall assignment became less daunting and overwhelming.  The post also includes a useful download.

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What makes the process that I discuss different than most clustering processes is the use of strips of paper and the specific steps in which the paper is written. It simply works! I've used it with struggling writers, to students filling college application essays, to my husband having to write an essay for a job application. I love strategies that work!

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Differentiated Instruction Intro | AutismSpot

Differentiated Instruction Intro | AutismSpot | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
What is Differentiated Instruction? Susan Fitzell describes what it is and what it isn't. She then delves into how it can be used in the classroom.
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Differentiated Instruction explained in parent friendly terms. Click on the photo to watch a video sponsored by AutismSpot.

 

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Motivating vs Enabling: How to Motivate Students When They are Stuck -

Motivating vs Enabling: How to Motivate Students When They are Stuck - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

Learn How to Motivate Students When They are Stuck: At some point I realized that my students had simply been copying me! Children are excellent mimics. While we were in class, they had been watching me and copying the moves. Then they went home and couldn’t remember the moves to practice on their own. Here's why...

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So, how do we help our youth without doing too much for them?

For example: You’ve got a student who’s taking a test and is stuck on a question. So, you...

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So, how do we help our youth without doing too much for them?

For example: You’ve got a student who’s taking a test and is stuck on a question. So, you...

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Math Homework Help -Webmath - a Tutorial Help Site -

Math Homework Help -Webmath - a Tutorial Help Site - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks “solve.” In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.
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If you or your child/student struggles with math, check this post out now!

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Assuming That Students Understand Our Words

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I thought I understood. I really did! When I stood in front of my class and I taught my students, I tried to bring language to their level, enough so that they could understand but still keep up. I thought they understood what I was saying. The story taught me that probably a good amount of the vocabulary I used, my students didn’t know, and they would never raise their hand and say, “Mrs. Fitzell, what does that word mean?”

How many times was I speaking a foreign language? I had read the books! I had the experience! I used the strategies; yet I had no clue.
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I thought I understood. I really did! When I stood in front of my class and I taught my students, I tried to bring language to their level, enough so that they could understand but still keep up. I thought they understood what I was saying. The story taught me that probably a good amount of the vocabulary I used, my students didn’t know, and they would never raise their hand and say, “Mrs. Fitzell, what does that word mean?”

How many times was I speaking a foreign language? I had read the books! I had the experience! I used the strategies; yet I had no clue.

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Relocate offscreen windows back to your desktop

Relocate offscreen windows back to your desktop | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Check out these three options for rescuing rogue windows that appear offscreen instead of where you want them. Read this article by Nicole Cozma on CNET.
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This is helpful when you connected to a dual monitor, run programs and then disconnect and some of your programs are on the "other" screen.

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I'd love to see you at InclusionWorks in Arlington, TX! -

I'd love to see you at InclusionWorks in Arlington, TX! - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Susan Fitzell, M.Ed, CSP is speaking at InclusionWorks 2014 in Dallas/Arlington, TX, February 10th and 11th.
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Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Arkansas educators: I'll be speaking at InclusionWorks 2014 in Dallas/Arlington, TX, February 10th and 11th. I'd love to see you there. If you attend, please stop by and say hello! I'll have an exhibit booth, also.

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How to Make Speech To Text Work for Special Needs

How to Make Speech To Text Work for Special Needs | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Speech to Text is a tool for people who struggle to write. For some people, speech to text does not work because of poor enunciation. Here's a solution.
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I would love for you to try this strategy with your child and get back to me to let me know if it works. Can your child speak like a robot and make speech to text work?

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Allmyfaves for Kids and Homework Help! -

Allmyfaves for Kids and Homework Help! - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
Allmyfaves for kids highlights some outstanding, safe things for kids (and playful adults) to do on the web, including finding websites that offer homework help!
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I’m amazed at what is on that page for kids all in one place and visually represented! Much of it is actually *beneficial* for their learning. There’s even a category for homework help.

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One Girl's Special Memory Strategy -

One Girl's Special Memory Strategy - | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
One girl's special memory strategy
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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to present my program, “Please Help Me With My Homework,” to a group of parents and students in Chester, NH. The Chester Academy Parent Support group invited me to talk to parents and students about simple strategies for memorizing facts, keeping homework fun, and organizing assignments to make them manageable. One little girl told me...
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Institute for Educational Development - NEW iPad Seminar!

Institute for Educational Development - NEW iPad Seminar! | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

Strengthen Your Instruction Using iPads® and Other CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY with Your STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Best Apps and Technology Resources to Engage ALL Students and Increase Learning(Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By Susan Fitzell

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The iPad apps and strategies work for all students whether gifted or with special needs.
Location: OMAHA
Date: January 29, 2013

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The iPad apps and strategies work for all students whether gifted or with special needs.
Location: OMAHA
Date: January 29, 2013

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There is No Place for Sarcasm in the Classroom

There is No Place for Sarcasm in the Classroom | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

“Jackie, is it all right with you if I start class?”   

This seems like a harmless question, doesn’t it? When teachers say it (and I am guilty at times), they are being sarcastic, because they know it isn’t up to the student whether they start class or not. What they really mean is that Jackie is talking or otherwise goofing off and keeping class from starting. Most kids can laugh this off and jokingly respond, “Sure, Ms. McCoy. I’m just now finishing up.”

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I completely support getting sarcasm out of the classroom. In all honesty, I've tried very hard as a parent to keep it out of my home. Everyone thinks sarcasm is funny if they are not the target of that sarcasm. The target of that sarcasm pays the price. I'm not ok with that. I realize my stance on sarcasm is at odds with most other people who have the attitude, "Oh! it's just humor!" or "She needs to grow a thicker skin." In my opinion, sarcasm is often a form of bullying.

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12 Ways to Improve and Enhance Your Paraprofessional-Teacher Experience

12 Ways to Improve and Enhance Your Paraprofessional-Teacher Experience | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it
1. Communicate with each other. One of the most important aspects of an effective working relationship between the paraprofessional, special educator,
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Paraprofessionals and teachers work together as a team for the benefit of students : Teachers At Risk

Paraprofessionals and teachers work together as a team for the benefit of students : Teachers At Risk | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

I’ve been really fortunate to have worked with some wonderful paraprofessions at different times in my teaching career. These men and women made a huge a difference to the lives of the students in my class. For that matter, they’ve made a huge difference to my life as well.

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Insightful article that validates the role of paraprofessionals in the classroom.

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Insightful article that validates the role of paraprofessionals in the classroom.

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Differentiated Instruction at Home | AutismSpot

Differentiated Instruction at Home | AutismSpot | The Homework Guru | Scoop.it

Susan Fitzell explains how you can use differentiated instruction at home, making adjustments based on your child's learning style. Click on the photo to watch a video sponsored by AutismSpot.

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If you've struggled with homework and helping your child at home, you'll get some practical strategies in this video that support homework without tears.

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