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Why Should Students Learn to Factor Over the Integers?

It’s hard to explain. Honestly, when people ask, “Why should students learn to factor over the integers? Can’t they use the quadratic formula instead?” I can’t just say, “Factoring is faster.” Because it isn’t – yet. Not at first. You …
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8 Board Games for English Practice

As we have discussed on this blog many times, English is hard! We spend a lot of time discussing tips and tricks, writing strategies and grammar skills – the list goes on and on. And that’s great! But sometimes it’s …
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Why to Start English Lessons Early

Starting English lessons early gives students an opportunity to engage in vocabulary building, grammar skills, and writing.  In turn, this will help them strengthen their understanding of the content when they become readers as well as making real world connections …
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5 Characteristics of a Good Teacher

When I started writing this article, I knew what I thought makes a good teacher, but I couldn’t help but wonder if other people agreed with me. Are there universal characteristics of a good teacher, or does everyone disagree? Well, …
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To-Do List for College Freshmen

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into your college or university of choice! You’ve done all the hard work of passing your college entrance exams, filling out your applications, and writing a ton of personalized essays to pique the interests of college …
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What’s New at A Grade Ahead—Summer 2018

A Grade Ahead has been busy over the past six months. All students across the system participated in new curriculum in May called Application and Development. We wrapped up the 2017-2018 school year and all students moved “a grade ahead” …
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