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Art, I say “Amen” to that! It

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Art, I say “Amen” to that! It was good to read your blog. I teach Reading at Lehigh Carbon Community College, and today spoke of that very subject with my students and posed the question: “What is the best Reading environment?” When they write journals about what they read, one of the things I require from them is to tell me a bit about how their reading process was. Did they have any distractions? Where did the do their reading?

I purposely bring this topic up after they have written their first journal. I had a few students who wrote: “I read my assignment on my bed;” “My friend kept on texting me;” and “the TV was on.” We then talk about how they can improve their reading/study environment.

The Smartphones, IPods, and laptops are definitely distracting, and so are some of the websites they like to browse between looking at Facebook statuses, Tweets, and flashing videos, which are in flux non-stop.

I have four children and encourage them to sit down at a desk to study or work. Currently, ITunes during this time is forbidden as is Facebook or Gmail, but I do allow them to go on to educational sites. They enjoy Cubert’s Cube, which is a website they tried in the summer. This site encourages story writing. It’s colorful and very user-friendly. It also has story-starters to inspire them to write and a gallery where they can draw or upload a picture to illustrate their work. I allow that site and also a few others they use at school like Spelling City and Prezi. Otherwise, the computer is off, IPods are away, and the books are out.

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We are having a Parent Symposium in June to help parents become confident about engaging more with school. I feel that many low income parents feel intimidated not because they don't care about their children's education but because they don't KNOW HOW to engage with educators without feeling inadequate. Organizing skills and Study Habits is one of the topics we intend to touch on so thanks for these tips. I will be distributing them to the parents. Giving parents more practical "How to" tips they can use now may help increase their self-efficacy as an academic advocate for their child. Can you talk now about "How parents can use the Summer vacation period to enhance their child's academic and career learning during some of those EIGHT weeks (and still enjoy some rest and recreation)? and why it is important to do so? It usually takes so much time to recover lost skills after summer. And it seems like the agrarian school calendar is not going to change any time soon.
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Great tips, they will be

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Great tips, they will be equally useful for the adult students we have at our vocational school

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