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Debating Current Issues

     Debating current issues is a great way to develop a student’s critical thinking skills and maximize student participation in the classroom.  Successful debates involve the selection of audience centered topics.  In preparation for the debates students utilize research from library databases and the internet.  On the day of the debate students should bring copies of research, notes, and speech outlines. 

A basic format for the Cross Examination Debate includes the following:

Educational techniques for ADHD -- What are executive function skills?

Individuals with ADHD and ADD often have difficulty with Executive Skills, also called Executive Functions. These are the skills that help us manage and direct our lives. They are analogous to the activities that an executive engages in to manage and direct a company or business.

Executive skills allow us to plan and organize our behavior, make well-considered decisions, overrule immediate desires in favor of longer-term goals, take conscious control of our emotions, and monitor our thoughts in order to work more efficiently and effectively.

The reading process: Research supported teaching strategies

Reading is a highly complex, integrated activity that daunts as many as 33 percent of the population.

Many children become proficient readers regardless of how they are taught. However, for children who experience difficulty learning to gain meaning from print, reading must be systematically and carefully taught.  Mastering the following components of the reading process is essential if students are to become proficient readers.

Effective reading comprehension techniques: Clicks and Clunks

The "clicks and clunks" technique was originally introduced by Christine D. Bremer, Sharon Vaughn, Ann T. Clapper, and Ae-Hwa Kim in 2002.  Read their original article here.

When it "Clicks," all is well in the world of decoding and easy comprehension. Reading is a joyful way to explore the world!

But when students encounter parts of the text that are not understood, they "Clunk!" and the reading process slows down.

Educational techniques for ADHD -- Bracketing distracting thoughts

One meaning of the term “bracketing” is “to place within.” This concept of “placing within” is a helpful strategy that students and adults can use to identify and appropriately deal with distracting thoughts.

In stage one, students decide whether their current thoughts are appropriate for the task at hand. If they are not, students can bracket them in stage two.

It is very helpful to teach students (and adults) to classify thoughts into three groups:

Guide Your Special Needs Child To Unlock Their Inner Greatness!

Children with special learning needs have experienced more failure and disappointment than other children.  Parenting children with special learning needs can be difficult, and calls forth from their parents an extra measure of care in “planting the seeds of greatness.”

Seeds of “greatness” grow into strong, confident children—skilled learners who make bold choices and expect the best for their lives.  They see setbacks as temporary and know they can find ways to surmount the obstacles that present themselves.

Special Needs Students--Personal Attributes That Promote Success

Children who live with failure experience negative feelings such as shame, isolation, and anger. These students need guidance to develop personal skills that support their success. According to research conducted by the Frostig Center in Pasadena, six personal attributes form the core characteristics that contribute to success for special needs students. Successful individuals do not necessarily have all six of these qualities. These attributes are:

Times Tables - Why So Difficult?

A short web search only and you will find many utterances like the followings:

“Learning the "multiplication tables" is one of the first traumas that children usually face when learning arithmetic.”
“The dread rite of passage all children face: the multiplication tables.”
“Parents often remark that their children experience difficulty retaining their math’s times tables.”
“On a personal level, as a kid I found learning my multiplication tables terribly hard.”

The Future of Educational Technology - Education 3.0

by Stephen T. McClard -


Thinking of what education might look like in the next decade, one quickly realizes that the trends in technology are leaving a large number of our students behind. We no longer live in an age of visible movement when it comes to progress and innovation. Today is an age of exponential change. New and ever-improving technologies are popping up every day and in every corner of society.