Category: Guests

Teaching Math for Mastery: The Case for Spiral Review

We don’t talk about math much around here, so if you are looking for fun, effective, easy to use resources to help kids master math, you’re going to want to check out the adorable Kiki’s Classroom.  First, learn a little about how this Teachers Pay Teachers author solved an all too common classroom problem.  Her …

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A Better Way to Teach Vocabulary

Continuing my quest to find hidden educational gems that are ALSO helpful to struggling students, I’m happy to introduce Teachers Pay Teachers seller Social Studies Success. While you’ll find materials in her store that are mostly geared toward middle school students, many of her fabulously fun strategies can be translated to multiple age levels and …

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Center Management Ideas for Struggling Students

For parents and teachers of struggling students, some of the many helpful resources out there may not necessarily be targeted to those with learning challenges.  I’d like to introduce you to a few hidden gems from Teachers Pay Teachers.  My hope is that these not-so-obvious resources make your efforts to help your child improve learning …

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What’s the Deal with Sight Words?

For those of you who would like a better understanding of sight words I’m happy to introduce my guest today, Margo Edwards. From the wonderful place called SightWords.com she’s here to help make everything clear.   If you have a child who has reached Kindergarten (maybe even Pre-K), you have probably heard her teacher mention …

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #4

Introducing Ginger…   a homeschooling, Spanish teaching, Montessori mom extraordinaire.   She offers tip #4 in this teacher tip series, answering the question:   What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?     Maria Montessori firmly believed that cognitive skills must be purposefully developed before attempting to apply them to academic work.  …

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #3

  Continuing our series of guest teacher tips, educator Renee answers the question: What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?   As an early learning educator, parents often ask me how they can help their child grow.   Lo and behold the answer is not in flashcards or spelling drills but in …

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #2

Guest teacher Alessa Giampaolo Keener brings us the second in our series of cognitive skill builders for kids.  If you missed the first one, start here: Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #1   What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?   Perfectionism can be a roadblock to academic risk-taking. …

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