Author: Elizabeth F.

How to Deal with the Too Hard Mentality

How often do you hear, “That’s too hard!”? If you don’t hear it often, you probably aren’t dealing with this problem, but if your child says it all the time, he or she may be stuck in the too hard …
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5 Activities to Celebrate English Language Month

Having trouble coming up with something to do to celebrate English language month? Here are 5 ideas for ways to celebrate the English language and have fun at the same time! Celebrate English Language Month with 5 Fun Activities Word …
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Grade versus Percentile: What’s the Difference?

Grade versus percentile can be very confusing, especially when you’re still asking “What is a percentile anyway?” That’s why we’ve made this short video explaining the difference between a score and a percentile. Making Grade Versus Percentile Less Confusing What …
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How to Make the Most of Preparing for Tests Material

A Grade Ahead’s Preparing for Tests material is curriculum designed to help students study for their standardized tests. Most of our academies offer this material in February to guarantee that students have time to study before testing begins. And when …
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2 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

Want to teach kids about the MLK legacy in a way they can understand? These two Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities focus on key concepts with a simple, hands-on approach. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Hands-on Activities …
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Our Favorite Parts of Winter Break

We love learning more about the A Grade Ahead staff – and what better way to get to do that than to ask questions and listen to the answers! This time, we asked our staff about their favorite parts of …
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5 Ways to Improve Critical Thinking

Problem solving and critical thinking are some of the top skills that both schools and parents are worried about students learning. But while saying that it’s important is easy, figuring out how to help students learn it is hard! That’s …
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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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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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