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Editing Student Writing Using Free Mac Text to Speech

Posted by Erica Warren on

For many students, it is a struggle to edit one's own writing - if it is even done at all.  We all tend to read what we have written the way we meant to write it, and it’s easy to scan over misspelled words, word omissions, improper word choices and more.    Typos like “form” instead of “from,” will never be detected by a spell check and these types of mishaps can be very difficult to notice.  However, activating text to speech on the Mac can really help with the editing process.  For many students, it is a struggle to...

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12 Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety

Posted by Erica Warren on

With constant tests around the corner, many students are perpetually battling feelings of anxiety.  Although a small dose of the jitters can provide some motivation, larger degrees of anxiety can virtually cripple many young learners. What is Test Anxiety? Test anxiety is a product of fear or worry about a test or quiz.  In fact, a student that struggles with test anxiety may know the material, but he or she can not access the information during the examination due to this enfeebling mental state.   What are the Causes of Test Anxiety? Test anxiety can manifest from a number of root causes? 1)...

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Teaching Students to be Mindful and Conscious Learners

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According to recent research, a growing number of school-aged children are experiencing a plethora of social, emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with school success, interpersonal relationships, as well as the potential to become competent adults and productive citizens.   Many Students are Passive Learners What's more, many students are passive learners that mindlessly attend classes and complete the work.  As a result, a growing number of young learners are unmotivated to learn, struggle with encoding academic content, and have trouble getting the grades that they desire.   So what can we do to help these students?  A simple strategy is...

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Over 100 of the Best, Free, Online, Educational Games

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Many parents and teachers limit computer time as many young learners get addicted to mindless computer games that reinforce all the wrong behaviors such as impulsivity and guessing. Educational & Cognitive Games However, there is a huge selection of wonderful educational and cognitive games available to young learners that can both strengthen areas of weakness and also teach difficult concepts.  Dr. Erica Warren Shares Her Favorite Free Games Over the past decade, I have created descriptions and links to some of my favorite games for my students.  I keep them on my private practice's website, Learning to Learn.  Here my students...

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Executive Functioning: Problems and Solutions

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Many young learners are being diagnosed with executive functioning weaknesses and schools are struggling to meet the needs of this population of learners. The problem is that many teachers and administrators don’t understand the difficulties associated with this problem and therefore find accommodating these students an ever increasing challenge.  Click This Image to See a Free Prezi or Click Here What is Executive Functioning? The command and control center of the brain The conductor of cognitive skills The cognitive process that connects learned experiences with present actions. The place that encodes, retrieves and manipulates information.  What is the Impact of...

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