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Tip of the Week: Avoid This When Choosing Math Curriculum

Math texts are largely made up of computation and problem solving tasks that increase in difficulty as the student proceeds through the book.  Change in the difficulty level of problems is usually gradual.  Continuity between one lesson to the next, from one chapter to the next, from one book to the next, can be seen ...

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Forget the Overriding Principle

In the last three Tip of the Week articles, I suggested an at-home reading test you could use to help you choose the most appropriate reading level for your child. This test measured three factors: the number of words read per minute, reading accuracy, and comprehension, all with passing standards. I also said there was ...

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Tip of the Week: How Well is My Child Comprehending?

In my most recent tips of the week, I suggested there were three factors to consider when choosing the correct reader for your elementary child. The two discussed so far are the number of words read per minute and reading accuracy. The third factor is reading comprehension. Reading can be thought of as two activities ...

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Tip of the Week: How to Identify Your Child’s Reading Accuracy

Once you’ve identified your child’s words-per-minute reading rate, identifying your child’s reading accuracy is a pretty simple process. Here it is: Identify the number of words your child read in the one–minute test. Total the number of errors your child made. Subtract this number from the total number of words read. This the correct words ...

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Tip of the Week: How to Identify your Child’s Reading Speed

Educators talk about three levels of reading. On one end of the continuum is the independent level. Children reading books at this level read them independently. They don’t need any help. They are books your children willingly pick up to read because they don’t require a lot of effort and are usually a source of ...

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Tip of the Week: How to Identify Your Child’s Reading Level

Are you conflicted over choosing the correct level in a reading series for your younger child? Uncomfortable with simply choosing a grade based on his or her age and hoping it will work out? Don’t want to simply “guess and go,” (the popular trial and error approach)? You’re not alone. While all reading series are ...

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Tip of the Week: Parse, Parse, Parse? No, No, No.

In last week’s Tip of the Week, I suggested that improvement in writing is often “caught” by continuous exposure to good writers. However, at a basic level you may be asking, can a student’s grammar be improved through direct teaching? I would answer yes, but not as a result of the common methods you find in ...

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Tip of the Week: Read, Read, Read to Improve Your Writing

When I was completing undergraduate studies in California, I took an advanced writing class. I was consistently pulling B+’s to A-‘s. Because I wanted to earn an A for the class, I gathered up the courage to ask the professor what I was doing wrong and how I could improve. She was quiet for a moment.  While she couldn’t put ...

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Tip of the Week: Give Up Your Big Ambitions? Pause and Reflect.

My wife and I are native Californians. As young adults and new Christians, we grew up in Orange County, a densely-populated part of the state filled with mega churches and a continuous stream of end-time teachings and rapture frenzy. We wanted to re-locate. We wanted to find a simpler and slower pace of life. We ...

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Tip of the Week: Will My Student Be Testing Over Common Core Standards?

Will my student be required to take a test that is Common Core aligned? The short answer, at least here in the Northwest, is… that depends. Students enrolled in any of the online public school programs such as K-12, Clackamas Web Academy, or Connections Academy will definitely face tests that are Common-Core specific. For privately ...

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