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7 Great Free Homework Help Sites

The internet offers a growing number of wonderful resources for students, and there are quite a few free websites that can help to make the learning process both fun and memorable.  Here is a list of my favorite resources:
Quizlet:

Quizlet allows students to browse through and use millions of study materials created by other users, or they can also generate their own.  Once information is entered into a set, students can use this content in many ways.  Electronic flashcards can be viewed or printed or students can also learn the material through questioning activities.  In addition, a variety of games can be generated from the information entered.  Finally, students can create tests in a number of formats and take them online for an immediate score.  Testing options include multiple choice, true and false, and fill-ins.  There are even visuals and a feature that reads information aloud.  Students can save their content, share them with others, and even merge them for midterms or finals.

Over 120 of the Best, Free, Online, Educational Games

Many parents and teachers limit computer time as many young learners get addicted to mindless computer games that reinforce all the wrong behaviors such as impulsivity and guessing.  However, there is a huge selection of wonderful educational and cognitive games available to young learners that can both strengthen areas of weakness and also teach difficult concepts. Over the past decade, I have created descriptions and links to some of my favorite games for my students on my Learning to Learn website.  In addition, I have organized them under the following categories: Cognitive Games, General Education Games, Writing and Language Games, Social Studies Games, Science Games, Spelling Games, Reading Games, Digital Story Telling, Math Games, Grammar Games, Typing Games, Social Skills, and Sequencing.  In an effort to "spread the word," I'm providing a link to my page so others can benefit from these beneficial games too.

To view all these games CLICK HERE

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Free Visualization Game: For Improved Reading, Writing, and Memory

Kinesthetic Reading Remediation

Many students struggle with reading and the learning process can become discouraging and difficult.  However, integrating kinesthetics as well as other ways of learning can make the process both enjoyable and memorable.

Mastering the Vocabulary
One common problem is mastering the vocabulary behind reading. Words like syllable, vowel, and consonant are abstract terms for many young learners and without an understanding of and recognition of these distinctions, students build their knowledge on a weak foundation.

How Can You Teach the Terms in a Multisensory Fashion?
The last two weeks, I video-taped a couple sessions with one of my students and then created a short YouTube video.   In these lessons, we tapped into all 12 ways of learning and as you can she, her enthusiasm is contagious.  The process addressed the following modalities:


VisualAuditoryTactileKinestheticSequentialSimultaneousReflectiveVerbalInteractiveDirect ExperienceIndirect ExperienceRhythmic/Melodic
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Helping Students Plan Long-Term Assignments and Projects

Figuring out how to manage long-term projects and assignments can be a challenge without a sequenced and structured approach, and teaching students how to manage these skills is a key element in the learning process. Planning and time management involve executive functioning, a portion of the brain that continues to develop until around 20 years of age. As a result, when teachers assign long-term assignments or projects, it is important for them to also instruct students on how to plot a strategy and break the task into manageable chunks.

Planning the Overall Approach:

1. Set and Example: Demonstrate how you plan and manage your own time.
2. Brainstorm: When you announce a new long-term assignment, discuss with the students how they might plan their approach and create deadlines.
3. Group Work: Create opportunities for students to plan their approach in small groups.
4. Offer Incentives: Offer extra credit for students that can make a plan and stick to it.

Planning the Details:
1. E…