Linguistics for Learning

One of the increasing challenges facing educators is teaching students English Language Learners.

In a recent Learn It webinar, author and professor Dr. Anita Pandey provides a fascinating look at how linguistic can help educators overcome cultural barriers many ELL students and families face.  She provides a high level review of what teachers could learn from a linguistics course and presents several practical ways to get students with linguistic barriers acclimated successful to English language acquisition. She also links linguistics to the Common Core and shows how each are related to successful communicate skills.

To view a replay of this webinar, click here.

Helping Kids Complete Their Homework

Here are five tips for parents to support their child in completing their homework.

1.  Promote a Healthy Study Environment
When your child arrives home from school the first thing they do is turn on the TV, right? Break this trend by creating a healthy study environment that they go to immediately after they enter your home. Reserve a space that is “their space” to do the various homework assignments they bring home each night. If your child likes music and it can help them focus, put some on in the background, just don’t let it become a distraction.

2.  Show an Interest
Make time to take your child to the library to check out materials needed for homework (and for fun too), and read with your child as often as you can. Talk about school and learning activities in family conversations. Ask your child what was discussed in class that day. If he/she doesn’t have much to say, try another approach. For example, ask your child to read aloud a story he wrote or discuss the results of a science experiment. Another good way to show your interest is to attend school activities, such as parent-teacher meetings, shows, and sports events. If you can, volunteer to help in the classroom or at special events.

3.  Look Over Completed Assignments
It’s usually a good idea to check to see that your elementary school child has finished his/her assignments. If your junior high school student is having trouble finishing assignments, check his/her’s too. If you’re not there when an assignment is finished, look it over when you get home. After the teacher returns completed homework, read the comments to see if your child has done the assignments satisfactorily.

4.  Help your Child get Organized
As mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to set a regular time for children to do homework. Put up a calendar in a place where you’ll see it often and record assignments on it. If your child’s not able to write yet, then do it for him until he can do it himself. Writing out assignments will get him used to the idea of keeping track of what’s due and when. You may want to use an assignment book instead of a calendar. A bag for books will make it easier to carry homework to and from school. Homework folders in which youngsters can tuck their assignments for safekeeping help many students stay organized.

Keys to A Successful RTI Program

Prior to the advent of Response to Intervention (RTI), many schools struggled to provide the appropriate supports to all students. Yet, despite the proliferation of RTI tools, some schools still struggle to systematically identify and address student learning issues.

In this webinar, Learn It’s Director of Education, Dr. Patrick Byrne provides educators with an overview of the four keys to developing academic and behavioral RTI supports in schools.

  1. Get all the adults in the school together and diagnose the situation.
  2. Develop responsibilities and ownership, and determine what results will be measured.
  3. Focus on evidence based practices.
  4. Promote sustainability and build buy-in through communication.

To view a replay of this webinar, click here.