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Homework: What To Do When Students DON'T Do It

There is a form on my website where I ask people to tell me their greatest concerns/challenges regarding homework.   It is probably no surprise that a significant number of teachers have responded with comments like this:

"No motivation."
"Students don’t do it."

If you are like me, then you probably don’t have fond memories of homework yourself, but you likely did it. 

It was not because you liked it. 

Effective reading comprehension techniques: F.A.C.T. Mnemonic

A mnemonic, (pronounced ni-mon’-ik) is a device used as a memory aid.

The F.A.C.T. mnemonic helps students organize and remember important comprehension strategies. The letters in F.A.C.T. stand for effective, research supported strategies that support comprehension:  Focus, Ask questions, Connect, and Turn on the visuals.


Gifted and learning disabled: Students who are twice exceptional

Parents may suspect that their child is gifted, yet be baffled when their smart child has difficulty learning in certain areas. Some intellectually gifted students also have special learning needs such as a learning disability. Gifted students may also have other special educational needs such as auditory processing problems, dyslexia, ADHD or emotional problems.

Automaticity is a Myth

Whole Word Presupposes An Impossiblity Called Automaticity

Summary: Sight Words, Dolch Words, Whole Word, Balanced Literacy--all the methods that start by having children memorize word-shapes--assume that it is possible for average children to recognize (and name) many hundreds of words by their shapes. Children must do this quickly, even instantly--an ability that is called automaticity. This ability is praised and promoted on hundreds of websites and in thousands of schools. It's routinely said that children "must" achieve automaticity.


How do you deal with the changing face of bullies?

This year, National Anti-Bullying week shines a spotlight on the fastest
growing face of bullying: cyberbullying. Basically, this means using
information and communication technology to deliberately upset someone
else. It includes bullying via mobile phones, instant messaging, emails,
blogs, Twitter, websites, chatrooms, message boards, Virtual Learning
Environments (VLEs) such as Second Life, or social networking sites like
Facebook and Bebo.

Cyberbullying can include: