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Great Online Site For Reluctant Readers

If you are struggling to encourage a reluctant reader to read for at least 30 minutes per day, this website may help.  I began using this with Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL) students but have found that it also works well for K-6 readers as well.  Here are the instructions for accessing this FREE site:     Go to http://larryferlazzo.com/englishbeg... read more

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Wyzant Wants to Know

Q WyzAnt wants to know If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of academic or professional advice, what would it be? My greatest piece of advice to my younger self would be to have more courage in following your true passions.  For example, I knew very early on that I loved writing but was fearful that my writing "wasn't good enough" and that I... read more

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A Tutor's Plea for Parents

With the end of the school year quickly approaching I am receiving a lot of frantic requests from parents, “Could you please meet with my child tomorrow? He has a math test on Friday and if he doesn’t pass, he may have to go to summer school!” My policy is generally to refuse such requests, although I always do so with a very heavy heart since I know that the student most likely will fail... read more

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Favorite Education Quote

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ? Nelson Mandela I think this quote speaks to me more strongly than many others because of the trend of anti-intellectualism that I see among some students today. For reasons that are still largely unknown to me, I've witnessed some young people who appear to be under the impression that to excel academically... read more

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What is My Teaching Philosophy? Do Whatever Works!

When I began applying to graduate schools three years ago as part of my plan to make a major shift from corporate America into the world of education I quickly realized that developing and articulating a “teaching statement” or a “teaching philosophy” was going to be an integral part of the academic application process. According to the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning (Writing Teaching... read more