Immersive Reader is a tool developed by Microsoft, designed to improve online reading for our students who struggle with reading, students with special educational needs as well as ESL learners.  Immersive Reader is a full screen reading tool designed to support students with dyslexia and dysgraphia in the classroom, but is a support for any student who wants to make ...

As parents and teachers we are used to soothing, comforting, explaining and fixing. It is on our job description. ​ We need to remember that emotions won't break us or the child, and in fact, avoiding some emotions like anxiety can make them grow. https://youtu.be/nhr0nwmRHW4 TIPS: If the child's emotional distress is causing you to feel anxious or angry, take a minute to decompress​Waiting until you are centered before you respond creates the calm regulation ...

There are a number of ideas and strategies you can implement in order to help your child/student become independent. First, begin by discussing what independence looks like and then develop routines and strategies that can foster this. You can explicitly teach children/students what independence looks like and understand the criteria to be successful at this. You can either present or co-construct ...

Being able to think, learn and make good choices independently remains one of the most important skills that a child can acquire.​ While "spoon feeding" children can sometimes offer the most direct route to observable progress, it is possible to support academic, behavioural and social-emotional development in ways that allow for independence without sacrificing growth, outcomes or results​. https://youtu.be/DlMjZa2Qszg There are three important factors required in order for our ...

We thrive when they feel safe, feel a sense of belonging and have control over our lives. It is that overall sense of well-being and a growth “mindset” that allows us to cope in difficult times and when facing the unknown. It is not surprising that during these COVID times, our sense of security and safety is eroded, leaving us vulnerable to unproductive patterns of behavior and thought. It is also not surprising that we try ...

Learning remotely requires that your child demonstrate self direction, motivation and engagement. This is particularly important for your younger child who has not yet acquired self regulation and independent learning habits that develop over time. Younger learners will likely require mediation, support and ongoing oversight of an adult/caregiver in the home.   During the learning at home experience in the spring 2020, teachers gained insights into what works to engage your child. Researchers have also examined what is most effective in engaging students in an on-line platform.   The following are lessons ...

In the past 7 months most parents have spent more time supporting their child’s learning then ever before and many have expressed concern as to how they can ensure their child is academically successful.   For some parents there is heightened anxiety about future jobs and resources. This often has lead to unreasonably high expectations for students where the definition of failure has changed from getting a “D” ...

Parents around the world are concerned about the impact that school disruptions will have on their child’s learning. With approximately 90% of the world’s children out of school for a number of months in the spring 2020, due to the Corona virus, experts can only predict what this impact might look like based upon previous research on how other events such as natural disasters impacted student learning. In many cases, students are continuing with a hybrid model of schooling or school ...

As we’ve learned, learning from home in a blended, fully online, or homeschool setting can present its own challenges. The key is to overcome some of these challenges, which requires development of specific skills and characteristics. Time Management: This is one of the most important factors in experience success with learning at home. Having a good time management system can ...

This year almost 1 in 5 families are choosing Learn at Home programs. These programs range from fully online, partially online, blended, teacher-led homeschool, and traditional home school programs. The thread that connects these choices is the desire to want the best, safest, and most timely education for our children. But once the choice is made, how do you safeguard ...

Fear is a one of six universal emotions and it is critical for the survival of the human species. Our brain’s main purpose is to make predictions to keep us safe. It is constantly scanning the environment for potential threat. The brain loves predictability because the threat level is already known. When we are presented with a situation that seems ...