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Teaching Independence To Improve Math Skills, Plus A Big Secret

Teaching Independence To Improve Math Skills, Plus A Big SecretWhat Happens In Class Imagine 20 still-wiggly 5th graders, or maybe too-cool middle school students, all lined up in their desks for math class. Backpacks everywhere. Enormous three-ring binders spread over their desks. Pencils at the ready. After going over the […]

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Parent-Teacher Communication Part 3: The Conference

Parent-Teacher Communication Part 3: The Conference​Effective Communication Is Worth Its Weight In Gold ​I’m no traditional math teacher. I don’t wear wooden jewelry or floral print dresses. I don’t have schoolhouse, chalkboard, and apple art all over my classroom. I like things to be as simple as possible for my […]

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For Parents: How to talk with the math teacher.

Parents: How to communicate most effectively with your child’s math teacher. Life as a busy parent is full of challenges, and today we’re going to start looking at how to work through just one of them. Your child’s math teacher is almost certainly drowning in a sea of emails, planning […]

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Teachers: Flip Your Lessons and Reclaim Your Classroom Time

Teachers: Flip Your Lessons and Reclaim Your Classroom Time It seems like I can’t look at my email or read education news without coming across a dozen new stories about technology in education. And the message is, overwhelmingly, if we just have MORE technology then student educational performance will improve. […]

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Parents: This Week In Math Class

This Week In Math Class Recently we looked at a typical workday for 7th grade pre-algebra teacher Ms. Stevenson, let’s look at her week from a curriculum standpoint. Ms. Stevenson has 50 minutes per class period, or 250 minutes per week with each student. At the behest of her district […]

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Middle School Organization: Three Things You Can Do Today

Middle School Organization: Three Things You Can Do Today Middle school is a shock to your child’s well ordered world. Not only do they go from being the big fish to the minnow again, the common middle school schedule includes six or seven classes per semester. This occurs normally with six […]

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Parents: A Peek Behind The School Day Curtain

Hello Parents, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a teacher’s workday. It’s usually a long, rewarding, frustrating story, but I think it will help us draw some conclusions about the best ways for you to help your children. Let’s make it a Wednesday, and we’ll follow the […]

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Helping Parents Help Their Math Students

The Best Curriculum Resources For Your Child We teachers and tutors hear the same question from parents almost every day: What else I can do from home to help my child achieve in math? Well, the incredible connected-ness of our networked world can help us answer that question. Or it […]

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Parents: Talking To The Teacher Part 2, Reach Out Before You Need To

Hello Parents, This is part 2 in a 3 part series about effectively communicating with your child’s teacher. We’re not talking about those dreaded parent-teacher conferences with a half-dozen people in the conference room gravely discussing Johnny’s lack of organization. We’ll get to that later. Instead, here’s a simple email […]

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Hybrid One On One/Virtual Tutoring Model For Tampa Families

Grade Squad’s New Hybrid Model One great thing about being a nimble company run by an experienced teacher with a military background is that Grade Squad can respond quickly to customer needs. Our customers asked for homeschool support, so we learned to speak homeschool. Now our Tampa based teachers are […]

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