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Parental Engagement in CTE [Research]


Parents are often overlooked in conversations regarding career and technical education (CTE).

A lot of attention has been paid to the importance of parental engagement in academic education contexts. But parents are often overlooked in conversations regarding career and technical education (CTE). In this blog post I’ll share research from three different studies which underscore just how important parents are for student success in career and technical…
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3 Reasons Why Spelling Tests Don’t Work


What’s wrong with this traditional, time-honored method? Short answer: it doesn’t work.

Does this sound like your spelling instruction, either from your own experience or with your kids? Monday: Receive list of about twenty words; take pre-test. Tuesday-Thursday: Interact with words on list through various activities (writing them ten times, sentences, word searches). Friday: Take final test. And then, maybe even if you got 100% on the…
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5 Tips for Reducing Math Anxiety in Your Children


Kick math anxiety to the curb with these tips.

What is Math Anxiety and Why Is It Contagious? Many children struggle with early math concepts. This can produce feelings of stress which can then lead to anxiety. Together these can produce both biological and psychological symptoms in the form of an upset stomach, frequent headaches, sweating, memory impairments, tension, and concentration issues. When past…
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Is Homeschooling the Best Way to Educate? [Article]


An article in Business Insider proclaims: "Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century." We unpack this in our blog post.

An article in Business Insider proclaims: “Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century.” The article runs through a litany of reasons, most of which are likely familiar to you already, detailing why homeschooling makes sense. First and foremost, it is personal by design, allowing the curriculum and even sequence of…
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Parents: You Are Smarter Than Screens


The time we share with our children is important for bonding and for academic success.

We are increasingly aware that early childhood is the best time for a child to build a foundation of learning. Parents play a crucial role and are “smarter than screens,” writes Laura Overdeck in her op-ed for U.S. News. Overdeck begins her article by asserting that when it comes to fixing underperforming schools, we’ve focused…
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Can Virtual Reality Transform Science Education?


Michael Bodekaer imagines how virtual reality can pair with science education.

When it comes to innovative teaching methods, few things rival flight simulators. Flight simulators cut down on safety risks by allowing students to gain proficiency before trying out the real thing and also minimize training costs. Entrepreneur and tech enthusiast Michael Bodekaer was inspired by the success of flight simulators in imagining how virtual reality…
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We Need to Trust Parents to Parent Their Children


Anna Mussmann argues that our society, in treating kids like consumer products, has begun to strip away trust for parents.

In an article for The Federalist, Anna Mussmann argued that our society, in treating kids like consumer products, has begun to strip away trust for parents. Mussmann writes that: We are witnessing a drastic erosion of public support for the idea that ordinary parents are the people most likely to know what is best for…
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What to Do When Your Kid Makes a Math Mistake


Here are four simple ways that you can respond to a math mistake in a positive way that will really support your student's long-term mastery.

In my work with my students, it’s really essential to me to also create a relaxed, playful environment. And a big part of this is how I handle it when students make mistakes. I create a growth-oriented environment by asking very specific questions which support their mastery process. Here are four simple ways that you…
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Mom’s Post About Kindness Goes Viral


A simple act of kindness generated viral attention in July, 2016 when a mother posted on Facebook praising a fellow mother.

In Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, Gandalf reminds Bilbo that there is great power in little acts of kindness. Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.…
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3 Ways to Make Student Mistakes Valuable


How can we help change the negative perceptions associated with mistakes so our children can more easily bounce back?

Our children are growing up in a world that emphasizes high standards for academic success. As parents, we want our students to put forth their absolutely best effort each and every time they attempt a task. In doing this, to some degree, we create academic learning conditions that discourage mistakes. Watching our children make mistakes…
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