Number Two Pencils have been the mainstay of writing forever it seems. The problem is that there are students who struggle with getting the pencil writing dark enough so that they can easily read what they have written. For these students there is a new technology alternative.
There is a truly erasable pen called the Frixion Clicker which is sold under the Pilot label. These pens do erase marks completely. Sometimes the issue is the quality of the paper on which a student is writing. The good news is that students can easily see what they have written. This is especially helpful in math. Students need to show the steps in their work to solving math problems. The darkness of the writing makes each step stand out from the page. This is something to consider using if the student has dyslexia, reading comprehension problems, or vision problems or just likes to see their work more easily.
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What should a parent do when he or she hears, ” My teacher doesn’t like me!” The first thing to do is LISTEN CAREFULLY to what the child is saying. In the child’s perception, there is something wrong in the relationship between the child and a teacher. Narrow the complaint so that you can help your student act on it.
NO NOT ignore what the child is saying. It is important for the child (student) to have concerns validated. Ask the child to give you more than one example of why the teacher doesn’t like him or her.
The next step is to meet with the teacher. Start out with something that the child likes about the class and the teacher. Then express the concern that the child has. It is important to listen carefully to the teacher. By chance, is there a behavior that the child is doing that irritates the teacher? If yes, then discuss this in private with the child.
Follow up every few days with the child. See if things have gotten better. In an extreme situation, it might be wise to move the child to another teacher.
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There are many teachers who insist that their students do their work using pencil. This has been true through years and years. However, today, there is a brand of pen that is truly erasable. It is called Frixion and is made by Pilot.
For students who have trouble reading their own writing, using this pen helps them. Since erasing is easy, mistakes can be easily corrected. For students who have trouble reading notes written in pencil, using the pen helps them read it easily. For students who are proofreading their written work, the pen makes the mistakes very clear.
It is time for teachers to consider the new pen technology and how helpful it is for their students.
Have questions? Contact Beth Silver at 310-720-0390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the college application season . Some students have already done their applications. For those beginning, make sure time is set aside to enter information and do essays.
A student should make a list of possible schools. Some should be “sure-shots”- the student is confident of being accepted; some should be fair chance – the student has a good chance of being accepted; and some should be reaches – the student probably may not be accepted.
Essays should be well written. It is important for the student to “come alive” on paper so an admissions counselor can understand the person behind the application.
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A test study technique I use is called the A-B-C method. I ask the student to label all vocabulary and concepts with an A, B or C.
A means that the student knows the information without hesitation.
B means the student knows the information but is somewhat hesitant in explaining it.
C means the student does not know the information and needs to work to learn it.
Then the student should start with the C’s. After really learning the C’s, the student should work on the B’s. Then the student should just review the A’s 3 days before the test.
What is really important here is that the student is honest about his/her knowledge. It is important to stress that it does not make any difference the number of C’s because they are going to really learn them.
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Get organized! Make sure your student has everything needed with which to do homework, study and projects.
Teachers may have different requirements for classes. Make sure your student knows the difference and has the proper materials.
Extra binder paper, pens, and pencils are important.
Make sure your student has times when to do homework. A quiet study area is important. The kitchen table is not the best place for doing and learning school work. If the student needs supervision, find a place where checking with the student is easy but out of the way of the flow of other household activities.
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School has been in session long enough this year for possible problems to appear. It is important to look at these areas: student getting along with teacher(s); student completing homework; student’s scores on tests and student’s attitude about going to school.
The best way to begin to handle issues in these areas is to meet with the classroom teacher(s). Sometimes just clarifying what the teacher expects of the student is enough to bring clarity to how the student should be working. In a meeting such as this, the student will appreciate getting the teacher’s attention and understanding more about how to work.
Don’t wait when things start to be issues. Time does not always resolve difficulties; it usually makes it worse.
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Taking class notes is a skill most students need. Students experience various degrees of success with taking class notes. There are some students who just cannot take class notes because they cannot mutitask – that is listen and write at the same time.
If a student has difficulty taking class notes, there are some solutions. One is to get notes from a fellow student. Another is to get the teacher notes and the student can use that as a guide to add more notes. If the teacher uses a powerpoint, getting the powerpoint before the class lecture and discussion will be good because it can serve as a guide.
What about recording a lecture and discussions? This is a possibility. Permission is needed from the teacher to do the recording. It means the student has to re-listen to the lecture and discussion again and can stop the recording to take notes. This takes more time.
There is a smart pen that records the lecture and discussion as the student is using it to write notes. This functions as a recording and the student can go back and re-listen to the lecture and discussion.
The G.P.A. stands for grade point average. This is the average of all courses taken for college entrance credit. It is one of two most important numbers. The other is the board score for S.A.T. or A.C.T. There are some schools that have made the board testing optional. This makes the G.P.A. even more important.
The question about how many honors courses or AP courses should be taken is always debated. Grade bumps are usually given in these courses. That is, if a student gets a B in a course, the grade is bumped to an A. This definitely affects the G.P.A. There are two G.P.A. scores on transcripts. One is weighted- with the grade bumps. The other is unweighted-without the grade bumps.
It is necessary to balance the course load for a student so that the highest G.P.A. possible for the individual can be achieved. It is important to note that in courses that give grade bumps, the curriculum is covered more quickly and in more depth than the regular college preparatory classes. For every hour in the seat in one of these courses, the student can expect 1.5 to 2 hours of work to do on the outside of class to be successful. That means in a 5 day week, up to an additional 10 hours of work can be expected in the form of homework and studying. Be careful in designing the course load for a student.
Questions? I provide help for learning skills in the summer- in person or online: preview next year’s math course, get summer reading requirements done, work on writing skills, learn how to put information into memory and retrieve it for tests and polish reading comprehension skills. Contact Beth Silver. Email: educationsage.net. Phone 310-720-0390.
How do you keep your student’s skills alive and well during the summer vacation from school? There are various ways but it is important to pay attention to keeping skills polished.
Reading is one of the ways to help students during the summer. Depending upon a student’s schedule, reading for a minimum of four days a week is suggested. Select books that the student really wants to read. Work with a children’s librarian to select books that are appropriate and readable for your student.
Reviewing math from the previous school year is important. If possible, have your student learn the first three chapters of the new math book for the coming school year. Make sure there are word problems in the work being done. The reading skills for these problems are vital.
Writing skills are necessary. Have your student write a blog about summer and post on the blog at least three times a week. Keeping a diary is another good tool to sharpen writing skills.
Make sure you check with your student’s school to see if there is required reading during the summer. This required reading becomes the first material covered as soon as school begins.
I am available to help students during the summer. We can work online or in person. Questions? Contact Beth Silver. Email:email@example.com. Phone: 310-720-0390.