Ed Sage School

Ed Sage School begins in August of 2021. It is designed for bright students who have had learning issues, disabilities, ADHD, or Executive Function issues. These students can get the individual help they need in a regular classroom setting. They learn that they can be successful by achieving well. The school serves students in grades 5-8.

Ed Sage School is an outgrowth of the brain-based educational therapy work done by Beth Silver over her 36 years of practice. The website for the school is: http://www.edsageschool.com. Ed Sage School is a digital school and learning is remote but very interactive for each student.

Interested? Contact Beth Silver at bethcarolsilver@gmail.com or 310-720-0390.

Read Questions First for Reading Comprehension?

In my experience, the answer is a definite, “No!” Do not read the questions before reading an article. Why?

I have found that when students read the questions first, they only look for answers to the questions in the reading, but they miss the “connective tissue” of the meaning leading up to the answers to the questions. They only look in the passage for the same words that are used in the question without making true meaning or comprehension.

Then what does a student do? How should a student read?

The student should read the passage paragraph by paragraph- stopping in the paragraph to understand meaning and at the end of the paragraph to summarize what was read. Another tool that should be used is dictionary work while reading. Any words that cannot be pronounced or the student does not know the meaning of should be found. My students use Dictionary.com. It provides the pronunciation of words as well as the meanings.

This style of reading takes practice. Answering comprehension questions at the end of the reading is important. The reading can be leveled by grade or ability to read.

Any questions? Contact Beth Silver at: bethcarolsilver@gmail.com. Look at Beth’s website: http://www.educationsage.net.

Distance Learning and Organization

One of the most important pieces of distance learning is organization. It is important for the students’ work areas to be very organized.

What does this mean? A To-Do List Planner is needed. This can just be a spiral bound notebook, or the student can have an actual planner distributed by the school. The student should have this planner open to the date or a new page and write the date on the top. This should be ready before the student gets online for the day. Once online, the student should be writing all notes needed and assignments. Notes may be put into a spiral bound also with the date.

Students should be ready to listen when the session begins. This means that writing tools should be ready. All material that was being used and is not related to the lesson should be put away. The volume should be set so the student can clearly hear what is being said.

Electronic devices work on batteries. A good suggestion is that the students should keep laptops or computers plugged in as much as possible. All electronic devices should be on chargers once the student is finished for the day.

A parent should take the time to check to make sure all needed supplies are in the work area. Paper and pencils and pens seem to disappear quickly!!!!!!

Parents and Distance Learning

Parents can be a good help for their students in distance learning. Here are some important tips.

  1. Make sure the internet connection is working well. Look at the bandwidth you have for your house. Can it accommodate all the people who will be using devices at the same time? Look at the speed.
  2. Make sure all the devices being used by your student are properly charged.
  3. Make sure your student can clearly tell you what was done in class and what the assignments are that were given.
  4. Make sure the lighting helps your student’s eyes. Some students have found it easier to stay on the computer for many hours using a blue tinted pair of glasses.
  5. Make sure your student is on time to sign in for each class.
  6. Make sure all the apps your student needs are on the device being used to login for classes.

One of the most difficult things is your student getting the assignments – clearly. Next is being sure the assignments are turned in on time. The parent should be vigilant about this.

Distance Learning Can Be Positive

Distance Learning can be Positive. It is important for the onstructor to “read” the actions of the students to understand who is paying attention and getting the lesson and who isn’t.

The instructor needs to make sure the lesson is presented in a way that can be understood. Talking fast does not work. Talking slowly doesn’t either. It is necessary to strike a happy medium.

The instructor should take time to listen to the flow of his or her voice. The dictate on Microsoft word or google should be used. Instructors need to remember that it takes a certain amount of time for the students to hear and process the information.