In the Classroom

Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Why is My Child Being Taught “Executive Skills" in Kindergarten?

The term "executive function" is popular in education and psychology, but you may be thinking, “Why does my child need to learn executive skills in kindergarten?” Executive function skills are actually essential for self-regulating behavior that governs a child’s emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, such as brushing your teeth, remembering...

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Stress is Showing Up in Our Schools (and Our Teens Don't Know How to Handle It)
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Stress is Showing Up in Our Schools (and Our Teens Don't Know How to Handle It)

Stress is something that every individual experiences at one time or another, but the amount of stress that students are facing—even those in elementary school—has researchers concerned for the state of our youth. According to a joint study by NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health,...

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Strategies for Boosting Literacy Rates and Building Lifelong Readers
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Strategies for Boosting Literacy Rates and Building Lifelong Readers

There is plenty of concern these days about how literate America’s K-12 students are, and statistics indicate that this concern is well-placed. According to the most recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a norm-referenced test given to students in grades four, eight, and 12, also known as...

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Using Art to Inspire New Ways of Thinking and Learning
Thursday, August 9, 2018

In October 2016, an unusual mural went up on an outside wall at P.S. 11 in Brooklyn, New York. When artist Steve Powers put paint to brick at this neighborhood elementary school, the result was a vivid scene full of letters, color, and pictures, with the word “WRITE” spelled out...

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In the Classroom: Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)
Monday, July 9, 2018
Let Students’ Minds Wander (But Not Too Far)

How long can you stay focused? According to researchers, nobody is immune to the occasional daydream. In fact, many of us know all too well how difficult it can be to rein in our imaginations and pay attention to the task at hand. It may come as a surprise that...

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How a Focus on Writing Across the Curriculum Can Help Boost Writing Skills
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
How a Focus on Writing Across the Curriculum Can Help Boost Writing Skills

In an article in the February 2017 issue of the Educational Leadership journal, California teacher and author Kelly Gallagher made a straightforward declaration: “Wide swaths of students are not developing their writing skills.” Gallagher, who works with high school students, based this conclusion on workshop sessions he has held with...

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Context Clues: 5 Fun Activities to Boost Vocabulary Development
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Context Clues: 5 Fun Activities to Boost Vocabulary Development

In an effort to build students' academic language, educators are incorporating increasingly complex texts into their lesson plans. With College and Career Readiness standards emphasizing the acquisition and use of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, students are encouraged to find the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary by choosing flexibly...

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