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.
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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 can be a good help for their students in distance learning. Here are some important tips.
- 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.
- Make sure all the devices being used by your student are properly charged.
- Make sure your student can clearly tell you what was done in class and what the assignments are that were given.
- 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.
- Make sure your student is on time to sign in for each class.
- 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. 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.
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.
Questions? Contact Beth Silver. firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-720-0390. Or visit Beth’s website at http://www.educationsage.net.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Beth’s website is educationsage.net.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Beth’s website is educationsage.net.