Preschool Practice: Shapes and Colors!Learning shapes and colors may well be a young child’s first educational endeavor. Although recognizing objects as red or blue, round or square might seem like child’s play, it’s actually integral to a young child’s cognitive development, and sets the stage for math concepts from sorting and patterning to geometry, and beyond!

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Human Trafficking in BahrainMore than 50,000 foreign workers are employed as domestics in Bahrain today, yet they lack legal protection from exploitation or abuse. Instead, these workers—typically women and girls from Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe—rely on the protection of their employers or unscrupulous international agents who bring them into the country for profit.

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Multiplication - Do you I have to show the work?Teachers have uttered the mantra of “you must show the work!” since any of us can remember. But is there any good reason for it?

The only reason that would make sense is to find out if the child understood the problem.

But if a child can consistently get the right answers to multiplication, or other math equations, what good reason would there be for him or her having Read More →

Bullying Prevention: Beyond Crime and PunishmentOn May 3, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick signed the state’s first anti-bullying law, four months after the suicide death of Phoebe Prince, 15, of South Hadley, Massachusetts. Prince committed suicide after alleged months of torment by her fellow high school students.

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What's the Future of Merit Pay for Teachers?“The jury is still out on whether she’s going to make it,” Barbara Thompson said of Rhee’s compensation plan. Thompson, who heads-up teacher quality and leadership issues for the Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization for state officials that oversee education, said proposals like this scare teachers. “The thought that Read More →

An Introduction To Speedy Systems In Ayurvedic Medicine Constipation Piles - EducationHemorrhoids, most common as piles is often a health disorder seen as a protuberance of soft balloon-like veins around anal region. According to the location of piles, this health disorder can be divided either as internal or external. Lots of factors contribute in the formation on this health disorder. Common causes contributing for hemorrhoids problem include Read More →

A Family-Friendly New Year's EveChampagne is out. So is a countdown to midnight. New Year’s Eve isn’t the most family-friendly holiday, but there are still some seriously fun ways to celebrate with your kids. You can ring in the New Year…

With traditional New Year’s Foods. Southern legend holds that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s brings good luck. Many Americans serve greens or cabbage in the hopes that it will Read More →

Accelerate Learning in Your ClassroomWhile using station teaching or acceleration centers as an approach to co-teaching is often very successful for both teachers and students, it is important to use this approach correctly. To help those co-teachers already using, or thinking about implementing, an acceleration center approach in their classroom, here are:

Tips for Successful Acceleration Centers

Reassign partners every four to five weeks. Don’t change partners in response to student requests or complaints. Doing so opens up a Pandora’s box of potential problems. Acceleration Center assignments must be able to be managed and completed independently. If students cannot manage the assignments by themselves they will often stop completely or interrupt the teachers and/or other small groups for help. The goal of the center is for students to be able to increase achievement but also for teachers to gain valuable conferencing time or small group work time uninterrupted. Teachers must be able to optimize Acceleration Center time. Acceleration Centers are not thematic nor do they become obsolete at any point during school year. Avoid any seasonal connotation. They are set up for sustainability, requiring minimal prep work when prep for the centers is viewed in light of creating lesson plans suitable for an entire school year. Use Acceleration Centers to support state standards or curriculum goals from basic to proficient. Create procedures and rules for utilizing the Acceleration Centers with students as part of the process. By doing so, teachers engage students in the process they are more likely to buy into. If setting up more than one center, start with the first one and practice the rules and procedures using the first one as a teaching tool. As silly as it may sound to a secondary teacher, whether middle school, junior high, or high school, it is imperative to have students practice moving from their seats to the Acceleration Center to choose an activity and back to their seats or small groups until they can do it quietly and efficiently. This typically will take 10 or 15 minutes of practice, set up as a timed contest. Use a stopwatch and practice until students can run the procedure in three minutes or less. It may be beneficial to incorporate a reward system to maintain proper behavior and efficiency over the course of the school year. Keep records of completed assignments and how those assignments align to state standards or curriculum goals. Train one or two “student experts” on how the Acceleration Centers function. They do not need to know how to do the academic portion of the center; rather, they need to teach other students how to follow the instructions in the folders, how to keep the center organized, and how to explain the logistics of the center to other students. The “student expert” makes it possible for students to work without interrupting the teacher while the teacher is coaching others.

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Getting Started with HomeschoolingStatistics show that more and more parents are making the decision to homeschool their children. Maybe it’s for religious or spiritual reasons. Maybe it’s because their children have special needs, or are gifted, and a home education is more suited for them. Maybe it’s because they live in an area with a less than favorable school system. Maybe it’s a little bit of all of these reasons, or entirely Read More →