Happy New Year Kids And Teachers! We've Got Another Chance To STOP Winter Slide And Improve All Those Number Skills!

RE@L Logo 60pxAs we look ahead to our New Year’s resolutions. we are focusing on the goal of making this next year of 2015 an even better year for both students and teachers. What better way to do it than sharing this fine blog column we found in Mind/Shift™ recently, and authored by Ben Stern: BenSternFive Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School.”

We think they apply just as well to a Winter Break, too. Mr. Stern’s piece appeared on the widely-read Mind/Shift website: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/08/five-smart-habits-to-develop-for-back-to-school/

We firmly agree with Mr. Stern’s compass direction, but we do quibble a bit on the best way to get there. We find too much focus on tools and systems and not enough on the blueprints and plans on how to make it happen. ClassroomIn a nutshell, we believe that: “Primary students are the new power tools of change in education. They are the most ignored and they have the most at stake. No one understands better than those learners what needs to be done.” Especially when it comes to the building blocks of math skills: Those number Facts we all need to know to make more progress: + , – , x , and /

Here’s more helpful New Year’s Resolution tips for teachers we found in our researching: • There’s already too much focus on testing, teachers and tools, so avoid more of it if you can. • Breaking away from current curriculum is a risky move for a young teacher,Classroom so instead visit the classrooms of experienced teachers, What techniques do they use that you can use. • Make short videos of yourself teaching, What can you improve on? Get suggestions from the best teachers you can find to view it with you. • Try having teams of students demonstrating what they have learned instead of correcting hundreds of homework assignments that show very little. • Put your own Professional Development at the top of your Survival List. It is the most important gift you can give to anyone….give it to yourself.images

Here’s some more helpful tips for learners: • Take greater charge of your own learning. • Buff up and memorize your basic number skills so you are ready to learn more complex skills. • Show that you know!

How can RE@L help, you ask? Well, we have an array of helpful skill software and more will be coming soon. But here’s some helpful tools that work with your iPads:
Our Raceway Math Series will help young learners improve their number skills (http://realexperiencesatlife.com/app/rel-raceway-math-addition-facts/) And Happy Holidays to You! RACEWAYThe ENTIRE Raceway series of additon, subtraction, multiplication and division number skills will BE A FREE DOWNLOAD NEXT WEEKEND!!!!

RE@L_Numbers-Counting2Our RE@L Match game helps even younger learner with the basic skills of numbers and counting

Babysitting_GetOrganized_120x120_roundedRE@L’s answer to other needed real-life skills, now being crowded out of the K12 curriculum, starts with a rich-resource of useful skills for tweens and teens, Babysitting, Inc: (http://realexperiencesatlife.com/app/rel-babysitting-get-organized/).

Yes, summer is a great time to stop the “summer slide.”, but so are the Winter Holidays for stopping your “winter slide.”. Searching for more effective ways of learning needed numerical skills and getting back what you’ve lost is why we’re back at it again. And it’s a fun game too. How about for every hour at home spent on Angry Birds or whatever, you also spend an hour with your Raceway Number Skills. Parents will absolutely love your work ethic, kids, and brag about your diligence to their friends.

There is no way you can lose playing Raceway games. You’re a winner every time! And your forehead will be plastered with gold stars.


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.

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