Helpful Resources for Parents and Students
Back to School
The website Parent Toolkit offers some back-to-school advice to parents, especially for students who may be suffering from back-to-school jitters.
My Homework is "a lifesaver for the less-than-organized," according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The app creates a color-coded calendar of assignments, and it's FREE!
Crisis and School Safety
How to speak to your children about violence (from the American Association of Psychologists)
Webspiration is the online version of Inspiration. It allows writers to organize their ideas in webs before they begin writing. To use the site, you will need to provide some general information, such as email address in order to create an account. The site saves all of work so you can revisit it any time.
Self-Control is an app that blocks access to certain sites (that you specify) for a set time. This app may help you focus without the distraction of Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Health and Science: Students can't resist multi-tasking, and it's impairing their memory.
Does son or daughter have difficulty getting ready for school on time. Here are some tips that may help you catch the bus. WikiHow provides some ideas that you may decide to adopt as part of routine.
Vocabulary.com uses an adaptive learning system to improve your vocabulary.
Quizlet is an online tool that helps students learn vocabulary for any subject. Many students have already told me how much this site has helped them achieve higher scores on their assessts.
VocabSushi helps students prepare for the ISEE, SAT, ACT, GRE or other standardized tests by teaching them vocab words with real-world, contextual examples found in the daily news.
Learning the the meanings suffixes may help students improve their scores on the SAT. Michigan State University's site contains a list of suffixes that often appear on standardized tests.
You can also read about graduation requirementsts in the Program of Studies.
Do you want to know the curriculum for a particular course? Click here.
Mashable: 25 Apps You'll Need to survive college
The Guardian: 10 Things Academics Say Students Get Wrong in Exams
ReadWriteThink: Parent and Afterschool Resources (categorized by grade level)
U.S. News: Tips for Parents to Help Teens De-stress
The U.S. Department of Education provides some resources for parents who want to help their children with specific subjects, homework, reading, and general acadmic success.
USA.gov provides resources about education issues such as bullying, accredited colleges and universities, homework, special needs, and summer learning.
How and Why to Stop Multi-tasking is an article written by Peter Bregman for the Harvard Business Review. Maybe we should all vow to focus on the present. According to Bregman, multi-tasking lowers our IQ's. Can we motivate our students and children to do the same? Focusing may lead to more success in their academic studies.
Preparing for College: US News and World Report posted an article entitled A Crash Course in College Preparedness on August 16, 2010. The authors suggest that students practice thinking critically as much as they can in high school.
Want children to read more? James Patterson gives some advice about How to get kid to be a fanatic reader in his article published on CNN's website.
School Absences Translate to Lower Test Scores in Education Week
Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 5 Steps to Internet Safety
Readwritethink.org provides parental tips for keeping children safe online.
In 6 Career-Killing Facebook Mistakes Erin Joyce outlines and discusses the idea that you actions on Facebook (or any other social networking site) can get you hired or fired. Sharing this information with our children may help them make wiser decisions about the information they publich online.
U.S. News provides information about how admissions officers use Facebook profiles to research their applicants.
Parade.com published Age-Based Guidelines for Kids' Internet Use on their website (October 7, 2011). If you want to become more involved in child's digital activity, this article may be a good place to start.
The Innovative Educator: 7 Ways to Support Your Child in Being Digitally Responsible Without Contracts
Preparing for College
Andrew Flagel, president at Brandeis University, gives advice about applying for college in the news at Boston.com.
Mashable: 25 Apps You'll Need to Survive College
An article by Steve Cohen entitled Top Ten Myths of College Admissions debunks the myths people believe about the college application process. Cohen is the co-author of Getting In! The Zinch Guide ot College Admissions and Financial Aid in the Digital Age.
US News: Education: Five College Conversations for Families during Winter Break