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Study Guide: Successful Students Avoid 4 Causes of Failure. Failure.

Study Guide: Successful Students Avoid 4 Causes of Failure

Don’t you hate that word? There is such a finality to it. It’s a said and done kind of word. You tried, but you failed. You are a failure. We hate the word, and rightfully so. Since then, we’ve been more or less a nation that values winning above just about anything else. But at some point for every student, that augmented pseudo-success reality where no one loses and everyone succeeds goes away.

Before we keep going, we want to be clear about what we mean by failure. When we say failure, we mean specifically an instance when a student does not live up to his or her potential success level. Sometimes this isn’t bad. We’re not going to dodge the reality of failure. 1. Many students need better study skills. In fact, being more specific, it isn’t really more study skills students need, but rather a simplification of their study skills.

Quit Missing Test Questions: How to Understand Ideas. 4 Steps to Reading a Textbook Quickly and Effectively. Effective textbook reading is a key study skill for student success.

4 Steps to Reading a Textbook Quickly and Effectively

Nearly every class makes you read them. “Makes” is the right word here. “Requires,” “forces,” or “insists” will also work. Few people read textbooks unless they have to. If you read textbooks for fun, shoot me an email. Reading textbooks is weird. Think about it. The goal of a textbook is simple: inform and educate. The goal of the Harry Potter books is very different.

The Thinker Builder: 8 Ways to Encourage Summer Reading. Summer break is drawing near, and during these last couple of weeks, I inevitably get asked the question by a smattering of parents: "Do you have any suggestions to get Billy to read this summer?

The Thinker Builder: 8 Ways to Encourage Summer Reading

" When I'm talking with parents about encouraging their child to read over the summer, I try to be thoughtful about my suggestions, especially since I've just spent an entire school year with their child. So I use what I've learned about their little Billy, what I know about their family situation, and I give a few practical, specific ideas for them to try.

Texting in the Classroom - The Brown Bag Teacher. Our students are saturated in a world of technology.

Texting in the Classroom - The Brown Bag Teacher

As educators there is immediate buy-in when we connections between our students' real worlds and our classrooms. One of my favorite (free) resources to do this is called ifaketext. It allows users to create faux iPhone text conversations. The website lets you fit between 35 and 50 words on one screen (a conversation between 2 different people). Then, you can take a screen shot of the conversation or right-click to save the picture as a Jpeg. . (1) Morning Message – I plan on greeting my students at the door every morning and after the first few weeks they will be well trained in the morning routine.

. (2) Reading Journals – Why not set up a conservation between characters in a story and then, have students complete the conversation in their reading journals? (3) Introduce/Review Vocabulary – At the school where I’ll be teaching, ‘flashbacks’ are the required first step of each class. Well friends, these are just a few of my ideas. The Thinker Builder: Organize Your Literacy Block, Without the Headache. Let me see how close I am...

The Thinker Builder: Organize Your Literacy Block, Without the Headache

You woke up this morning, made a cup of coffee, maybe scrolled through your Facebook feed read the newspaper, stopped your children from chucking puzzle pieces at the cat watched your children build a puzzle together, even binge-watched four seasons of Parenthood on Netflix caught the tail end of a fascinating documentary on the History Channel. But then you started thinking about how to structure your literacy block for the upcoming school year, because well, you are a teacher, and teachers can only not think about school for so long. So of course you go directly to The Thinker Builder blog browse through Pinterest, looking for some inspiration, and you click here. How'd I do? Regardless, I'm here for you. Core-Beliefs What do you believe in your heart, grounded in best practice, about how best to teach children to read and to write?