Report Cards – Wk. of November 6, 2017

Report cards came out last week.  That being said, they were only for the first quarter of the year.  If you/your child were/was happy with the grades, then let that serve as a motivator to continue working hard.  Even with straight A’s, there is ALWAYS room for improvement.  However, if you/your child were/was not happy with the grades, then let that also serve as a motivator to work hard and do…

Halloween Safety Tips

October 30, 2017 – As we get ready to celebrate (if you do) Halloween and go out trick-or-treating, here are a few reminders for you and your children that I’m sure you’ve heard before, but here they are anyway: Halloween Safety Tips Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down…

Music and Studying

October 17, 2017 – There have been many studies done to show the effectiveness of music and successful study habits.   For some, playing music at a very low volume level (preferably instrumental music that won’t distract the student) can actually improve the brain’s function while studying, thus improving test scores.   Of course, this may not be for everybody, but in my experiences both as a teacher in the classroom and during…

Brainstorming

October 10, 2017 –  Before writing a narrative or expository essay, it is very important to brainstorm.   Brainstorming allows you to think of all of the ideas that come across your mind and write them down without committing to them.  It also allows you to sift through all of them and eliminate the ones you don’t want.   Once you’ve narrowed down your list to about four or five, you can…

That little plus sign…

October 6, 2017 – When we learn addition and get into regrouping, where we carry the tens digit of the sum from the ones column into the tens column, (a.k.a. “carry the 1”, even though it isn’t always a “1”), we just write that digit down and usually remember to add it to the original digits of that column.  However, when children are first learning this skill, I’ve noticed that sometimes…

Test Anxiety

October 5, 2017 – One of the more significant issues that seems to be getting swept under the rug at times is test anxiety.  Many students, most of whom have good grades and great ability to understand concepts, seem to suffer from this.  Unfortunately, it can take an “A” or “B” in math and turn it into a “C”, “D”, or even an “F”, depending on how far along the…

GETTING REFOCUSED – October 1, 2017

Our thoughts and love are with the people of the islands as they begin their road to recovery after the recent hurricanes that struck them.    Relatively speaking, we here in Florida are very fortunate overall.   The casualties in this state are not to be overlooked, as well as those in the state of Texas. Despite the fact that we are lucky to have warnings, the downside of hurricane preparation, the storm itself,…