Just imagine a child’s excitement when he is ready to begin school. Perhaps he watched cartoons and children’s shows depicting fun-filled school days filled with learning and activities, listened to his friends, parents, and siblings talk about school, and watched the school bus pick up children on the block. And now the time has come … Continue reading Failing Students or Failing Schools?
Many parents and even educators are confused about what it means when we refer to Whole Language, Balanced Literacy, and Systematic Phonics approaches to literacy instruction. When I teach children, I use storytelling and metaphor to make difficult topics relatable. The following story/metaphor will hopefully help you understand the terminology identified with each approach and … Continue reading Taken for a Ride With Balanced Literacy
Eat chocolate! It’s good for you! The latest claims will make you feel that this sweet indulgence actually has health benefits. I really want to believe this is true…. Every night I have a piece of dark chocolate after dinner, thinking I will live longer, prevent heart disease, and improve my memory by eating my … Continue reading Reading and Chocolate: Sweet Lies
“TRUMP TOWER TOPS THE LIST AS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ADDRESS IN THE WORLD!” When Trump built his real estate empire, his goal was to have his name synonymous with the New York City posh lifestyle. At or about the same time, Shark Tank star and real estate millionaire, Barbara Corcoran, was building her own brand … Continue reading Sharky Reading Data
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “Individualized” means to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of the individual. In the context of education, this means teaching according to student ability and need. Interestingly enough, just because someone is working with your child “one-on-one” does not necessarily mean the instruction is tailored to his … Continue reading Individualized Instruction