Stress-busting strategies for test season

Sweaty palms? Check. Racing heart? Yep. A bad case of butterflies in the stomach? You bet. It must be test time. Many students struggle with exam anxiety, but those feelings of panic and dread can be even worse for struggling readers and English learners. Here are a few simple strategies you can use to help your students relax and get ready to ace those tests:

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Free webinar this Tuesday, February 14: Helping long-term English learners

Do you know what long-term English learners need? Listen in as presenter Lily Wong Fillmore addresses key questions related to this growing group of students who rarely receive the support they need to attain true proficiency and succeed in secondary grades.

In this webinar, you’ll learn why so many English learners appear to stall in their efforts to learn English as a second language. You’ll also learn how to use academic English instruction and the right kind of instructional support to help long-term English learners overcome obstacles and reach proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking. Don’t miss your chance to find out what you can do to help your long-term English learners find success–register today.

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. MST

Presenter: Lily Wong Fillmore, Professor of Education Emerita at University of California, Berkeley




About the presenter:

Lily Wong Fillmore, Jerome A. Hutto Professor of Education Emerita at University of California, Berkeley, is a linguist and educator whose scholarship focuses on the education of language minority students. Dr. Fillmore has studied social and cognitive processes in language learning, cultural differences in language learning behavior, and primary language retention and loss. Her present research efforts focus on how academic English instruction can help teachers support students’ literacy development.



Groundblog: Happy Groundhog Day!

Here’s the bad news: Looks like we’ve got six more weeks of winter ahead of us.

Here’s the good news: Our wintry sentence was conveyed by a most charming messenger–Punxsutawney Phil, the nation’s most celebrated groundhog.

Here’s the even better news: We’ve got some Groundhog Day fun facts to help you celebrate this, one of the more obscure American/Canadian holidays, with your students. Here they are:

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From struggling readers to overachievers

When students struggle to read, they struggle to succeed. Watch this short video to find out how Imagine Learning is changing that for students at Eisenhower School.

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