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Using Simple Imagery to Help Students Learn Mathematics

Posted by Erica Warren on

Utilizing imagery and visual memory can be very helpful when learning mathematics. A single picture can help a student define and remember a concept, or it can even help them to recall the steps required to compute a problem. What’s more, it often brings the “fun factor” into the learning environment as students can pull out their crayons, colored pencils or magic markers to complete the activity. The Palm Tree Method I recently learned about the Palm Tree Method from one of my students. I scoured the internet to find its origin, but came up empty handed. So, although I...

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108 Online Games that Offer Cognitive or Educational Benefits

Posted by Erica Warren on

Over the years, I have scoured the internet for great, online games. I am a learning specialist, and if I can get my students involved in activities that benefit cognition and learning, then they can expand their potential and also find joy in the process. Online Games that Benefit the Brain I have each of the games described and linked on the website for my private practice. In addition, the games are categorized under the following headings, so that it is easy to find the needed resources: cognitive, general education, writing and language, social studies, science, spelling, reading, digital story...

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Why Do Finnish Schools Finish First? 10 Ways to Improve US Education

Posted by Erica Warren on

Let’s face it, the US education system is a mess. Most kids are anxious and stressed, many teachers are fearful and disrespected, countless parents are confused and annoyed and scores of administrators are angry and aggressive. When programs are hurting most, funding is usually diminished. Kids don’t receive services until they are failing or close to failing, and if interventions help these underachieving students, services are continually stripped away as soon as they get their heads above water. It’s a competitive, punitive, and dysfunctional system that desperately needs radical reform. The Atlantic Magazine Summary This blog post reflects back on...

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Using Beach Balls For Comprehension, Math and More

Posted by Erica Warren on

I just love to use balls for teaching students. It's a great way to accommodate and engage your kinesthetic and tactile learners, and it always brings the fun factor into your lesson! I often purchase beach balls at the dollar store and use permanent markers to write down different, reading, writing, grammar, and math concepts. How Do I Use Beach Balls? Here are a few things that I use balls for: parts of speech multiplication touch math vowel combinations types of sentences letters blending writing prompts If you use balls for other lessons, please share your ideas. Cheers, Dr. Erica...

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How to Make Fun Sight Word Jewelry

Posted by Erica Warren on

As the saying goes, "Out of sight out of mind." Well, now tricky sight words can remain "in sight" and tailored to each individual student's needs.Kids love to make and wear their own jewelry. So, here is a fun project that your students will be sure to enjoy that will also help them to master difficult sight words. Links can be added or subtracted as they come across new, challenging words and master others. Here is the process: Materials: contact paper permanent markers paper clips Steps: Step one: Cut the contact paper into small strips. Step two: Write the difficult...

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