Characteristics Of Gifted Children

by Sinead Cowins on February 20, 2017 in Focus, Reading, Math, Education, Writing, School

Gifted children are often discussed in terms of their intellectual ability and rarely in terms of their behaviors, needs, difficulties and feelings. This often oversimplifies their capabilities; disregards the barriers they face and fails to provide them with the strategies needed to help them reach their full potential. Based on the research of Maureen Neihart & George Betts (2010), the following provides examples of giftedness. Parents can look to these examples to assess for giftedness in their children and individualize their needs.

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Why Do Children Refuse To Go To School?

by Sinead Cowins on February 20, 2017 in Education, Tutoring, Children, School

Research suggests that at least 5-8% of school age children experience school refusal (Kearney & Silverman, 1993; Sewell, 2008). Simply defined as a clear difficulty to remain in or attend school, school refusal can be very challenging for parents to deal with. Especially in small children, as school refusal is often comorbid with behaviors such as tantrums, verbal aggression, non-compliance and even somatic complaints (stomach aches, headaches, fake colds, the gamut). Things can become even more complex in older children whom are often nifty and completely capable of finding new and innovative ways to avoid going to school.

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What Is Considered A Self-Regulated Learner?

by Sinead Cowins on February 20, 2017 in Education, Children, tutor, Parents, Goals

Proactive, self-regulated learners are thought to be the most successful. Research suggests that they make attainable yet challenging goals and are normally learning oriented rather than achievement oriented. Thus, self-regulated learners continue to seek learning opportunities regardless of achievement or failure. For them, the goal of learning is understanding and self-regulated learners have a much more positive relationship with learning than other types of students. Several characteristics have been associated with self-regulated learning, each of which can be developed in students. The following will provide an overview of each characteristic and should be encouraged.

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What Are The Different Types Of Learning Styles?

For years, researchers have been enormously interested in academic achievement and I’m sure you can understand why. We are always looking for ways to better prepare ourselves and our children for success. We want our babies to do well in school and we want them to thrive as they grow! 

Currently, there is a general acceptance amongst researchers that academic achievement is heavily impacted by the way individuals approach learning. Therefore, exploring learning styles with your child and understanding the ways in which they are inclined to learn can be very helpful. 
Active Learners
Active learners learn best by doing things related to the subject that they are trying to learn. Thus, active learners are often the most open to discussion, role-playing, and group work. However, they may jump into action before thinking things through and make small mistakes as a result. 
Reflective Learners
Reflective learners like to think about things to themselves before acting. They may prefer working alone and take a bit longer to think about a learning situation. Due to this, reflective learners often take longer to complete their work and may not finish things on time.
Sensing Learners
Sensing learners are normally analytical and like to learn facts. Therefore, they may become uncomfortable when asked to think outside of the box and prefer to solve problems with well-established methods. Sensing learners are best at memorizing and doing hands on work.
Intuitive Learners
Intuitive learners tend to be innovative, open to change, and thrive when given possibilities. Repetitive tasks can frustrate them but they are quite good with grasping new concepts. Mathematics and abstractions are often very easy for them. 
Visual Learners
Visual Learners understand best by employing their sight. Pictures, diagrams, charts, films, and visual cues are their best friends. 
Verbal Learners
Verbal learners understand best by employing words. They tend to thrive well with written and spoken explanations of what they are learning.
Sequential Learners
Sequential learners learn best in steps. They look at things systematically and do very well when given information in logical steps. Because sequential learners tend to follow paths to solve problems, they often solve parts of problems even if they do not fully understand it.
Global Learners
Global learners understand concepts at random before they learn details. Many times, global learners can solve problems quickly, but are unable to explain exactly how they solved the problem. 
How Can You Help Your Learner?
Most people use a combination of styles, but normally have a clear preference for one. Tapping into your child’s learning style allows you the control of individualizing their education when they are at home. Although schools often treat it as so, learning is not always one-size-fits all.

Felder, R. M., & Soloman, B. A. (2000). Learning styles and strategies.
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How Can Constructivist Learning Be Effective?

by Sinead Cowins on February 13, 2017 in Education, Learning, Children, teaching

Active learning can be a vital instrument in developing confident, involved, independent learners. Psychologists such as John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner and Maria Montesorri have long promoted the idea of children being “hands-on” as a key to lasting learning. From their point of view, experience is the most vital facet of the learning process. And while we know the importance of understanding how and when to apply what we learn; most learning theories teach concepts without sufficiently showing learners how to apply their knowledge. However, Constructivist learning is different.

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Learning and Parent Child Interactions: What to Avoid

by Sinead Cowins on February 13, 2017 in Reading, Math, Education, Children, Parenting

Attachment theory suggests that the early interactions that occur between parents and their children deeply impact the way children think. These interactions can predict things like success in future relationships and even behavioral problems. What is relevant to learning, is that a parent’s level of demandingness vs their responsiveness in relation to how they communicate with their child, can also predict learning behavior.

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What Is Your Child's Learning Style?

by Sinead Cowins on February 07, 2017 in Reading, Math, Education, Children, School
For years, researchers have been enormously interested in academic achievement and I’m sure you can understand why. We are always looking for ways to better prepare ourselves and our children for success. We want our babies to do well in school and we want them to thrive as they grow! 

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When Praise is Not Enough: Establishing a Token Economy

Are you having trouble with your child? Are they acting out? Do you find that they avoid doing homework, seem to forget about their chores, and generally seem unmotivated? Are you at your wits end because nothing you do seems to be helping? If you answered yes to most of these questions, you may need to incorporate a token economy. 
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The Benefit of Forced Choice

by Sinead Cowins on February 07, 2017
Our children are little people. They have their own personalities and preferences, and like adults, hate being forced into things. Using yourself as an example, think about how you feel when you’re bossed around.  Does it make you want to rebel? Well the same thing happens to our children! While there are times when choices are simply not an option, you can definitely make opportunities for your little person to feel like they have a say in what they do. Forced choice offers this opportunity. 
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Encouraging Positive Homework Behaviors Using PRIDE skills

What Are PRIDE skills?
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