Tag Archives: Education

Dear Parents….You are not alone!

Dear Parents, Do the following statements sound familiar to you? “My kid takes forever to do his homework.  It is causing so much tension!” “He gets so frustrated when he has to write an essay or do anything on the computer.” “I am so tired staying up until 1:00am typing her homework!” “When I look over their notes, I see half sentences, unfinished thoughts and no clear understanding of what they are learning.” Well, you are not alone.  As parents, we go into overdrive to solve these problems.  We don’t like to see our kids struggling.  We see that look of defeat on their faces and it drains us – we hate to hear them say, “I’m just not smart”! Personally, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me when I was dealing with my struggling child.  … Read More

Don’t “Write Off Writing” Instruction : Creative Ideas for Teaching Composition to Your Struggling Learner

By Faith Berens, M.Ed HSLDA Special Needs Consultant “I am frustrated with trying to teach my child to write properly! His spelling is atrocious, and he does not use punctuation or capitalize consistently. Maybe he is just lazy? His writing is also short and poorly organized, and I don’t even want to talk about grammar! We do copy work and have tried so many workbooks on grammar, usage, and mechanics, but they are not helping. Should I just forget about writing instruction and focus on the other basics? Please help!” —Frustrated homeschooling parent Many parents, particularly those who do not enjoy writing or who feel it is not a personal area of strength, get overwhelmed when it comes to teaching their children to write, particularly when one of them is a struggling student. Parents sometimes mistake their child’s difficulties for … Read More

It’s time to place an effective typing curriculum near the top of the list.

I just read an article in The Hartford Courant about “allowing students to bring to school any online device they had- Smartphone, tablet or laptop- for use in class as teachers saw fit.”  Educators are realizing that it makes no sense to stop students from using the digital tools they use outside of school.” I totally agree with this but I do have one concern.  Why would you hand a student a laptop and NOT teach them how to touch type beforehand?  You don’t drive a car until you take driver’s ed….you don’t jump into a pool before you learn to swim….you don’t give a child a book without teaching them how to read first.  My point is that there are steps to learning how to do something.  You don’t start at step 10 and work backwards!  You start at … Read More

Wow! My Kid Really Knows the Latest Technology….

Many parents see their children texting and gaming and think, “Wow, my kid really knows the latest technology!”.  But do they?  Watch over them when they are trying to type their homework….  or input information into the computer.   Can they proficiently type at least 35 words per minute?  Can they type without looking at their fingers or the keyboard? MANY schools have adapted the Common Core Standards.  Each student is expected to take the test online which means they will be using the keyboard to type their answers!  The stress of not only the testing BUT their inefficiency working the keyboard can negatively impact your child’s performance as well as cause them to lose their confidence in their abilities! What’s a parent to do? Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself! 1. Does your child use one or … Read More

Would You Give A Child…

Would You Give A Child A Book And Never Teach Them To Read?  I ask myself this question every time I see a young person sitting in front of a keyboard.  I’m not talking about an i-Pad or a cell phone where their thumbs do their talking, but an honest to goodness computer keyboard.  It’s what they’ll use to do their homework, fill out those college applications, and most likely, make their living in the real world.  I stand over their shoulder and watch… and shudder. More than 75% of our children can’t type.  Oh, they can hunt and peck, and some of them are pretty fast.  But put a book or a pile of notes next to the computer, ask them to type without looking at the keys, and they’ll crumble like a wounded video game character.  So I … Read More

An Offer to Tutoring Centers

I have been working with learning centers throughout the United States and Canada and would like to update you on my Affiliate Program partnership with these Centers. Teaching students how to type is fast moving up to the top of the ‘Most Important Skill to Teach” list! I know most tutoring centers don’t offer this skill because of the time constraint with their student’s schedule. I have a solution for this!  Keyboard Classroom, developed by educators, is the only typing program that guarantees that a student who practices typing for 15 minutes a day will become a proficient typist within 6 months! My idea is to refer Keyboard Classroom to your clients to practice at home.  I have an Affiliate Program where your Center can earn a 40% commission on each sale! This is a win-win for all! Here is … Read More

WHY JOHNNY CAN’T TYPE

“Johnny” from Massachusetts is your typical 10 year-old.  The oldest of four, his mother “Susan” has stressed the importance of a well-rounded education from the time Johnny and his siblings were old enough to attend preschool.  She’s a supporter of the new federal Common Core Curriculum guidelines as a way to fundamentally improve the basic skills students will need to succeed in the real world.  Susan also sees education as a parent-teacher partnership and has always been on the lookout for ways to reinforce Johnny’s in-school studies with books, games, and exercises that will give him the skills he’ll need to pursue a successful career. Early on, Susan recognized the importance of the computer to her son’s education and development and tried to incorporate the latest electronic software into his after-school day.  There was only one problem.  Johnny didn’t know … Read More

Teacher Conferences will be here before you know it!

I can hear it now….why isn’t ‘Johnny’ progressing in his work?  Why can’t he take good notes?  Why can’t he keep up in class? Well, you are not alone if you hear those words!  As parents, we go into overdrive to solve these problems.  We don’t like to see our kids struggling.  We see that look of defeat on their faces and it drains us-we hate to hear them say, “I’m just not smart”! There are many answers for those questions.  I can help in the written communication aspect of learning.  Writing is an important skill for ALL students.  However, some students find writing extremely difficult to learn and to master.  As the Director of an educational program at the Ben Bronz Academy in Ct. I worked with many students who had a hard time manipulating a pencil/pen.  We introduced … Read More

A Simple Solution for a Struggling Student!

Yesterday I visited a friend whose child just started 4th grade. He was at the kitchen table doing his ‘homework’. The assignment was to write about his summer vacation. The first thing I noticed was the look on his face as he contorted it in frustration. I wondered where this struggle was coming from so I watched him…There it was! The dreaded “pencil syndrome!” He was gripping the pencil in an unusual way and had a hard time forming the letters. His eraser was getting a good workout! He was fumbling, stumbling and bumbling his way through the paper. Of course, the meltdown came half way through the paper and the mom started finishing it for him!!! Unfortunately, this is NOT an uncommon occurrence! There are many different motor skills that go into writing. Writing is an important skill to … Read More

The Keyboard Interface and Dyslexia

I always find it so interesting when a student describes an educational break through to me.  Once they describe their solution to their struggle I wonder why an educator or parent didn’t think of it first! Read how Yishay Garbasz went from “Handwriting” to “Fingertyping” and how it helped him facilitate his dyslexic writing process. “A few years ago, when I exchanged pen and paper with a monitor and a keyboard I went through a change that was more than the significant but obvious advance in technology. I changed something very basic in my dyslexia, or rather in my dyslexic existence. Of course the first noticeable difference was my handwriting.  It was clear and easy to read.  I now call this my “fingertyping”. For the first time in my life others, as well as me, could actually read what I … Read More