Teaching Order of Operations – Whole and Complete Lesson

After students reach fluency in math facts, fact families, fractions and multi-step math problems, the next steps involve order of operations. Here is a whole and complete lesson for you to use for free. This lesson uses Direct Instruction scripting to reduce frustration and confusion for the student. It also uses behavior objectives and precision…

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An All Too Infrequent True Story

I have been working with children who are at-risk for 50 years. I’d like to tell you a story of one of those kids and how it changed both of our lives. It was a dark and stormy night – no, that’s not it. Let me start again. Once upon a time in a land…

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Counting by 2’s Forward

Rationale: Another important math skill is to be able to count by numbers other than 1’s. Some count-bys are relatively more useful than others. Counting by 5’s has application to money and time-telling applications, while counting by 8’s has few directly applied uses, but is still useful when estimating. Being able to do fluent count-bys…

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Learning Channels As An Aid To Learning.

 Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 until you read this. Rationale:             When we are teaching students new skills or reviewing skills that they already have learned, we rely on information based on learning channels. Each learning channel has an input and an output. There are many different kinds of each. Eric and…

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Rote Counting Skills From a Number to a Number (Forward) : Part 2

 Task 2: Rote Counting from a number to a number from memory. Think and Say Numbers from a number to a number (forwards) Materials: The numbers as printed from a particular number to some other number (forward). 37      41        (5) 23       31        (14) 86       89        (18) 49       53        (23)…

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Local Learning Centre’s Work Goes Global

Press Release Sept. 17:  Maloney Method program featured at Copenhagen Social Research Conference The Maloney Method teaching system was featured this month at a major European social research conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Robert Flynn of U of Ottawa presented a study on the effects of training foster parents to tutor foster children in reading…

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What Does the Research Say About Homeschooling?

                  What Does the Research Say About the Academic Performance of Homeschooled Students?  Written by Rachel Wise, CEO and founder of In a recent radio interview, the host asked me what the data says about homeschooling. “Do homeschooled kids perform as well as non-homeschooled kids? Is…

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Why a U.S. Government Agency Covers Up Proven Educational Methods While Millions of Children Become Illiterate

It is naïve to pretend that science is free of bias and of political involvement.  If it were, there would be no need for lobbyists in Washington from groups like the chemical and defense companies. “Science” may be conducted more for their benefit, than for its indisputable proofs. When influenced by “big tobacco”, some studies…

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September Curriculum Review – Why do schools spend weeks reviewing last year’s work?

  The Existing Condition Each year as kids head back to school, they can most likely expect to spend a few weeks catching up on the basics that they were taught the preceding year. Parents and teachers suggest that review is needed due to forgetting over the long summer break with minimal or no practice.I…

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While you’re waiting for the cavalry to arrive .. An alternative for children with autism

A New Challenge                                                                At the end of November 2008, I began a journey, both literally and figuratively into the world of autism. I was…

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