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Happy Spring! Have you recovered from the time change? If it’s been tough to get yourself or your kids out of bed post-Daylight Savings, there might be an app for that. On Monday, we shared an alarm Android App on our Facebook Page that forces you to complete math problems […]
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Over the years, our Educational Coaches have come up with helpful learning tools to conquer basic math, take good math notes, study and prepare for tests, and even keep track of all the nitty-gritty details included in word problems. Here are four learning tools from our math toolbox for note-taking, order […]
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We recently shared a post containing some math tools to help students with note-taking, order of operations, solving word problems, and working with integers. Today, we are sharing a math tip for how students can use different types of paper to make math more manageable. 1. Lined Paper Lined paper is […]
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There are two types of math people in this world. 1. Those who are good at math. The ones who “get” math. The ones who tried to help me understand parabolas and differentials. 2. Those of us who aren’t. The ones who re-read a word problem seventeen times and still […]
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In this post, a special guest presents three reading tips to help with: Reading fluency Organization of ideas Comprehension Meet our guest, Chewbacca! (Video by Mike Bitanga.) Let’s take a closer look at Chewie’s reading tips. 1. Read out loud. Reading out loud helps with reading fluency. By reading out loud, you are more likely […]
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Coaches are found in a variety of fields, including sports, business, fitness, finance, and education. An educational coach provides one-on-one support to students, but so does a tutor. So you might be wondering, what makes an educational coach different from a tutor? Tutors Focus on the Subject Tutors are skilled in a […]
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Finding the theme in a story or reading passage can be tricky. A theme is presented indirectly which means we must make an inference based on the information we’re presented with throughout a story. The author could tell a story, and at some point insert a line that says: “The theme […]
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What do you think of when you see the term active reader? Someone running down the street while reading a book at the same time? That’s not exactly what active reading is. Let’s explain the concept by first looking at the opposite of active reading, passive reading. Passive Reading Passive […]
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A lot of students are either wrapping up the first semester, or are a few weeks in to a new semester. Now is the time to look back at the first half of the year and then set smart goals for the remainder of the school year. Goal Setting Taking […]
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Meta-what? Metacognition. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? If you’re wondering what this word means, trust me you’re not alone. Metacognition is a term we use when coaching students. Even the younger ones. When introducing this concept to students, there are three stages. First, we help our students break up the word and examine each […]
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