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10 things parents can do to help their child start the school year strong

WRAL – Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

“Summer break is nearly over (gasp!) for most kids in the Triangle. The National Summer Learning Association and Learning Heroes recently shared this list of 10 things parents can do to help their child start the school year strong. There’s still time to brush up on those skills and gear up for a new school year!” (more)

Give your child a head start with math

Medical X-Press – Len Canter

“Many kids struggle with math—and for a number of reasons. Knowing when to be concerned will allow you to get your child study help early on, which is important because research shows that young children who have difficulty with math typically will continue to struggle as they get older.” (more)

Five easy ways to boost children’s spatial skills

Medical X-Press – Kym Simoncini And Tracy Logan

“When we read maps, pack the car for holidays, assemble flat-pack furniture or cut cake into equal slices, we use spatial reasoning skills. These allow us to mentally manipulate objects or think in a way that relates to space and the position, area, and size of things within it. Not only is spatial reasoning an important skill in everyday life, it is important in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related careers. And it is never too early for children to develop and enhance their spatial skills.” (more)

More Talking in Class, Please

Edutopia – Kasey Short

“Providing consistent, structured time for students to participate in collaborative conversations can improve the overall classroom environment because once the need to sit quietly is replaced with opportunities to discuss course content, the amount of off-topic talking declines. Both small group and whole class discussions can provide these opportunities.” (more)

Admins: Here’s what teachers think about professional learning

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Teachers are overwhelmingly turning to social media and online resources to drive their own professional learning, according to new Speak Up Survey data released by Project Tomorrow on July 30. The data gives district administrators insight into what teachers still struggle with in the classroom, as well as the professional learning approaches they say they most value. Teachers are turning away from face-to-face professional learning conferences (47 percent did so in 2010, compared to 40 percent in 2017) and are:” (more)