Are Number Two Pencils Old Technology?

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.

Questions? Contact Beth Silver at bethcarolsilve@gmail.com or 310-720-0390. Visit Beth’s website at http://www.educationsage.net.

My Teacher Doesn’t Like Me!!

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.

Questions? Contact Beth Silver. bethcarolsilver@gmail.com or 310-720-0390. Or visit Beth’s website at http://www.educationsage.net.

Is the Pencil Old Technology?

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 bethcarolsilver@gmail.com.

College Application Time

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.

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

Test Study Technique

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.

Need help with a student? Contact Beth Silver, The Education Sage, at 310-720-0390 or bethcarolsilver@gmail.com. Beth’s website is educationsage.net.

Get Organized

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.

Need help with your student? Contact Beth Silver at 310-720-0390 or bethcarolsilver@gmail.com. Beth’s website is educationsage.net.

Early Warning Signs

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.

Need help with learning issues? Contact Beth Silver, The Education Sage, at 310-720-0390 or bethcarolsilver@gmail.com. Beth’s website is education sage.net.