Have you noticed that so much of the instruction in our kids’ classrooms revolves around getting students to pass state tests? It seems that requisition of facts, and not critical thinking and creativity, is the name of the game. That’s all about to change.   On February 9th, President Obama announced that ten states would

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EC Success Stories: Charlie Rosas

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 by

From El Salvador to Stanford   Here at Educational Connections, we’ve been blessed to be a part of the lives of some truly incredible students over the past 14 years. We’ve taught children with disabilities how to read, helped young adults get into colleges they had never dreamed of, and inspired countless students to realize

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We get a lot of questions about careless errors from parents, tutors, and students alike. In my experience, these are the four most common careless errors I’ve come across along with some effective, field-tested solutions for you to try:   1) Dropping Negative Signs – This can also mean switching the sign mid problem or

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Tactics parents should avoid, and 3 powerful strategies to turn your child into a confident learner. “My child won’t raise her hand in class! If she just asked her teacher for help, she wouldn’t be so frustrated with her homework.” If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Asking for help is not easy for

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Talk So Your Kids Will Listen

Saturday, 31 December 2011 by

Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of parents facing all kinds of homework and study issues.  Many have been successful in dealing with these issues, but others have not. Those who have made the greatest progress have done two things:  They have opened up lines of communication within their household and they

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Some topics really seem to strike a chord with parents. These articles appeared in past newsletters and received a big response from our readers. 5 Homework Tips Every Parent Must Know Have a Math Test? 6 Proven Solutions to Study Smarter Parenting Styles and Why They Matter Get Organized with the Latest Smart Phone Apps

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The iconic overstuffed student’s backpack is quickly becoming a relic of the past and as a result, the way parents oversee their children’s progress in school will never be the same. Paperless Schools With an estimated four out of five K-12 schools having some sort of presence on the internet, teachers are quickly turning to

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Thinking of a last-minute gift that will make learning fun? Take a look at our recommendations for stuffing your kid’s stocking with gifts that will be both popular and educational. E-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook – All ages E-readers are perfect for students of all ages. They have internal dictionaries

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When Homework and Perfectionism Collide

Saturday, 26 November 2011 by

Does your child erase and redo homework over and over again until it’s just right?  Is anything less than 100% not good enough?  Welcome to the world of perfectionism, where unrealistic expectations are daily and unrelenting.  Perfectionists engage in frequent hypercritical self-talk, bringing themselves down and creating a whole lot of stress within the family. 

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I’ve always been interested in research-based ways to help students complete their homework more efficiently.  As parents, it’s our natural instinct to say things like “Turn that off!”, “Stop texting”, or “Facebook can wait.  Do you have to check your account while doing homework?”.  But in reality, our kids may “need” their technology and perhaps

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