Posts Tagged ‘classroom education’

Ways to improve your child’s reading comprehension

If children are reading the words, but not understanding what they’re reading, then they’re not really reading. Educators call this “word calling” and it is a significant issues. Reading comprehension is an essential component of literacy, and until children have mastered this component, they are not fully literate. The good news is that with reading comprehension practice, this essential component…

Knowing but Not Showing: When Knowledge Seems to Vanish

A couple of weeks back, we started on a problem that is a nightmare for many parents and children. It’s the mediocre or even less than mediocre grades that appear even when your child has really studied and seems well-prepared. As we talked about then, there are a number of language and learning issues that can contribute to this pattern….

The Online Learning Revolution (Schools That Work)

Edutopia has a nice series on their site called Schools That Work, which examines what school successes are made of. I particularly like their Online Learning Revolution segment. They write: “Is the future of learning online? Not exclusively. But online learning is expanding access to knowledge and personalizing learning in schools across the country. In regions where teachers (and resources)…

What Is My Child’s Reading Level? Part II: The Fourth Grade Transition

In the course of the school year, many parents find themselves facing a report that is not only disturbing, but unexpected. One mother described her experience as follows: “Last month, at back to school night, I was shocked when the teacher reported that my son, who is in fifth grade, is reading at third grade level. Up to that point,…

They Call Me Mister Fry

A few weeks ago I saw a performance of They Call Me Mister Fry, a one-man show by an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As Mr. Fry inspired me to steal a few of his teaching techniques in tutoring Victor, I decided to interview him. They Call Me Mister Fry chronicles your journey in becoming…

What Is My Child’s Reading Level? Part I: Level of Accuracy

While there is considerable variation, schools provide a fair degree of information about a child’s reading performance—from scores on standardized tests to comments on classroom performance, and grades on report cards. Yet many parents still are unclear as to just how well their children are doing in this vital area. The lack of clarity is understandable. Reading represents a vast…