Back to School!

Back to School!

Parents and teachers all across America are all making major choices and adjustments.
Having worked at both a traditional public school and a public online school, I know both options work.
Whether in a traditional school, or homeschooling, parental support and a daily routine are key.

Proverbs, Quotes, and More

Proverbs, Quotes, and More

“There is always an opportunity to start again and again, if the old ways are not working last year, look for better ways of doing it in the new year and start again afresh.”― Bamigboye Olurotimi

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans.” –Isaiah 1:17

Some people have a life verse or quote that really grounds them, and/or defines a path they would like to take. For me, it is Isaiah 1:17. It helps me remember that we have to “learn” to do good. It’s a process and a deliberate act. I also love the verbs in this quote: learn, seek, help and defend.

Think about what inspires you and start to act on it! Have a wonderful week!

The Benefits of Oral Rereading

There are many benefits to having your child/students orally reread stories.

The texts should be at an independent reading level (meaning the student should be able to independently read the text with about 95% accuracy). The student’s reading should be supervised by an adult, older sibling, etc. It is fine to model reading the story first.

Oral rereading of texts improves:

  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Reading confidence

Time your student/child’s initial reading of a passage, then the second and third re-reading–you will be surprised by how much he or she improves!

A good goal for which to aim is to have your child/student reread a familiar text three times. (The benefits generally don’t go beyond three times.)

Back to School!

Front-loading and a New School Year

The new school year is well under way, and educators have been working hard! This is a because of a process called front-loading.
Front-loading, in education, is a process where teachers allocate extra energy at the beginning of the school year. We do this to have a smooth rest of the year. Some examples of front-loading in education are:

  • Setting up classroom rules and expectations.
  • Reviewing and practicing classroom procedures so they become second nature.
  • Practicing appropriate behavior during transition times.
  • Setting up and practicing school-wide expectations (e.g. behavior in hallways, assemblies, etc.).
  • Teaching classroom policies for things such as: how to turn in work, what to do when a student finishes early, rules for group work, etc.
  • Setting up academic expectations.
  • Gathering baselines for the beginning of the year.
  • Learning students interests, strengths and areas of need.
  • Establishing a positive tone for the class.

Front-loading takes a lot of energy It takes a lot of time thought to have a well-run class, but setting up and diligently enforcing classroom standards at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the entire school year. It’s exhausting, but well worth it!