Activities to Keep Mind’s Sharp over the Holidays

Students are looking forward to a relaxing holiday vacation with no school or homework. Parents are looking for ways to entertain the children over the holidays that are not in front of a screen.   There are lots of ways that parents can entertain their children over the holidays that are simple and basic.  They are even… Continue reading

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BC Calculus!

My son took 4 AP classes this year at Langley HS and needed help with Calc BC. The class at Langley HS has over 30 students, so the teacher has very little time to answer questions in class or give extra time to students (common problem with large classes at LHS). The NOVASTAR calculus tutor… Continue reading

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How to Use a Token System

A token economy system is a systematic method of providing positive reinforcement and can be used by parents, teachers, tutors, supervisors, coaches, and essentially any other adult providing instruction. A “token” is essentially a form of positive reinforcement that is given to alert the learner that he/she has done something well. There are endless possibilities… Continue reading

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The Writing Pyramid

The writing section of an exam can be daunting: an expanse of blank lines, after several hours grappling with dense text, tricky math problems, and linguistic trivia. The emptiness of the writing section, save for a brief prompt, can be terrifying, especially to tired test-takers.   In-class writing assignments, term and research papers can also… Continue reading

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Using the Incredible 5 Point Scale as a Tool for Communication

The Incredible 5 Point Scale, created by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis, can be used as an effective tool in emotional understanding and communication for those who have communication challenges. It was first designed to be used with children who have autism, but can be used with any student who faces challenges in identifying… Continue reading

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