It’s never too late.

24 01 2013

EEstudyskills
The winter months are often difficult for teachers, parents, and students. Flu season interrupts learning. It’s hard to believe this school year is almost half over. The countdown to the end of the year starts in the back of educators’ minds. It’s not too late to help struggling students improve skills needed for all learning.

Every teacher embraces the responsibility of teaching students the basics…skills which are necessary for successful learning. Good learning habits contribute to positive academic performance. Deliberate instruction of study skills is the key.

Those study skills can be taught by parents.
Here’s a document which summarizes what most teachers know and do. As a parent, you may find you do many of the things as well to help your child perform well in school.
Teaching skills for all learning

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation which clarifies how to explicitly teach nonacademic skills that are the foundation for all learning.
Teaching young children basic skills

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Colorful Leaves Made Simple

7 10 2012

Young toddlers barrage us with their favorite question, “Why?”

Rebellious teens debate us with their challenging word, “Why?”

No wonder we cringe when we hear it.

When released from the mouth of an inquiring young mind, it’s a word to be celebrated. The child hasn’t ceased from wondering.

Robert Fulghum wrote the bestselling book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In it, he included this important piece of advice: Be aware of wonder.

It’s a challenge to us when life is so busy. There’s too much to do to stop and wonder…must go shopping, must get to sports, must make dinner, must get homework done…

I loved when my second graders inquired, “Why do leaves change color?”

Answering that simple question challenged me to explain it in the simplest terms.

Here’s what I taught them. We practiced saying it over and over so they could tell their parents.

Warm sun + less light + cooler temperatures = no more chlorophyll

No more chlorophyll – no more green color = hidden colors (there all the time)  

                                               

Click on the link below to see a 51-slide PowerPoint slide show I created using the advice from Robert Fulghum’s book. The Bible verses were added by me (not included in Fulghum’s book).

Learned All in Kindergarten with verses