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To help your struggling reader maintain the gains she’s made in school this past year, make reading a priority this summer. All students, but especially those with learning challenges are at risk for the “summer slide” or taking a step backward in skill development over the long break from school.
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Everyone talks about the summer slide, but is it really a thing? Try these summer learning activities and tips to create a summer learning routine.
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Perfect hair and dress, lunch packed, materials organized, room cleaned, and you have been standing at the door of your classroom for half an hour eagerly waiting on your students to arrive.
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Putting down a good book is hard—finding one shouldn’t be. You don’t want your students to stop reading because they can’t find a good book to read, yet this may be a reality in your classroom: 73 percent of boys and girls surveyed said they would read more if they could find books they like.
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Storybooks provide a rich opportunity to build not only literacy skills, but also math understanding. Books with math concepts woven into the pictures and storylines can promote children's mathematical thinking and introduce foundational math concepts such as numbers, shapes, patterns, and measurement.
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The summer holidays await, and with the distractions of warmer weather, trips abroad or the latest Xbox game it can be difficult to make sure pupils read for pleasure. So ahead of the break, the National Literacy Trust has highlighted 16 recommended titles for all ages to inspire children to pick up a book wherever they are – whether in bed, climbing a tree, or even on their trampoline.
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The dog days of summer are here—and many kids have a lot more leisure time on their hands. To prevent overuse of tech devices, try these ideas for non-tech activities that are fun AND promote language, literacy and learning. Many of these activities are suitable for both younger and older children.
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About five decades ago, scientists believed that our brains were fixed — either at birth or by the time we were adolescents. This led to the schooling approach that now fills schools: identifying learning disabilities, providing accommodations and working to students’ strengths. Recently, though, the scientific world has found that this may be wrong — and that even students diagnosed with learning disabilities may develop the brain pathways they need, through careful teaching.
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I’ve been in the special education business for more than 15 years as a teacher and school leader, and if there’s one thing I’ve heard over and over it’s, “I don’t know how you do it.” My immediate reaction: I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. And, with the wisdom from my years in K–8 education, I can confidently say that special education is the best gig out there. Here’s why...
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If you’re like me, you might find yourself surprisingly, woefully underprepared for your first special needs school search, especially if you are considering mainstreaming and attend tours that mainly consist of parents of typical children.
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