Why strengthen the link between right and left hemispheres?

by Sarah Major, M.Ed There is a lot of discussion these days about right-brained learners and what we can do to help them become more left-brained in their processing. Sometimes the implication is that if they are right-brained learners, they are processing in a less desired way. Two things about that idea: which hemisphere is more desirable depends fully on …

Phonics Games for Kids – Helping Your Child Learn to Read

Phonics Games for Kids – Helping Your Child Learn to Read by Racheal Tighe Reading is a fundamental skill that every child needs to succeed in school. It is at the core of how we communicate, and vital to the intellectual development of every student.Whether children struggle with reading at an advanced age, or if they simply appear hungry to …

The Reasons for Preschool

PreschoolAn investment that pays huge dividendsBy Catherine Atkin 2:00 a.m. June 12, 2009 At a time when we are all looking for ways to fuel our economy’s recovery, we must not ignore one of the state’s greatest resources, our children. With new research quantifying just how much the achievement gap costs our economy and demonstrating how we can narrow that gap, …

OUSD 6th Grade Math Benchmark Test Topics

OUSD 6th Grade End of 1st Semester Benchmark Topics Benchmark exams end of January 23rd and 24. Some of the key topics are: 1) Proportions, rates, and ratios, especially word type problems which represent the types of equations. 2) Translating word problems into equations. 3) Order of operation 4) Distributive property 5) Solving 1 & 2- Step equations 6) Combining Like terms, with terms on one-side and …

Underachievement in Gifted Students

By Lesley K Sword,Director, Gifted & Creative Services Australia Pty Ltd© 2003 Characteristics of underachieving gifted students include: lack of self-confidence fear of failure fear of success              academic skill deficits inability to persevere lack of integration towards goals poor self-concept excessive need for attention avoidance of responsibility thoughts of worthlessness avoidance of competition   …

English Language

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONFUSING VERB/NOUN PRONUNCIATION REVIEW Can you read these correctly the first time?  1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce.3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.  4) We must polish the Polish furniture.  5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.  6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.  7) Since there is no time like …

The True Purpose of Discipline

Excerpts from “Principles for Principals – The Principal of Discipline” by Steve Peha, founder of Teaching that Makes Sense.org Since systems of escalating consequences and even more destructive “zero tolerance” policies define most discipline systems in our schools, how do we create positive change? By changing the definition of discipline. Actually, we don’t have to change it, we just have to …