Ann a.k.a AnnDolin
Ann K. Dolin is a former Fairfax County, VA public school teacher with over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience. Ann's undergraduate degree is in Child Psychology with Teacher Certification for grades 1-8. She received her M.Ed. in Special Education from Boston College and now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Ann is also the author of the award-winning book Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework. In her book, Ann reveals the core problems that commonly lead to homework stress and offers over 100 proven solutions to parents to tackle each situation.
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Technology has transformed our world so thoroughly that our kids cannot imagine life without gadgets. They expect to have access to these devices 24/7, but their expectations aren't always realistic.
In a recent KidsHealth survey, almost 90 percent of students said they felt stressed day in and day out. And so often, when kids are stressed, their parents are as well. Just as much pressure can be felt after the school bell rings as during school hours. If your after-school schedule feels more hurried, stressful, and complicated than you would prefer, try the following the solutions to make life a little simpler for you and your child: Reassess the After-School Schedule
School is starting - and that means school morning stress. In years past, have you found yourself struggling through chaotic mornings - trying to get your kids dressed, fed and out the door for school? It doesn't have to be that way!
‘Tis the season for testing our kids like there’s no tomorrow. As much as we complain about all the testing going on in schools these days, the truth is that when the H groundwork for good habits is set early on, students are more likely to experience success and increased motivation.
Boys as a rule don’t read as well as girls. And a major reason for this discrepancy is that girls tend to read for pleasure, while boys don't. What accounts for this difference?
Should parents go online to check their kids’ grades and homework? The iconic overstuffed student’s backpack is quickly becoming a relic of the past and as a result, the way parents oversee their children’s progress in school will never be the same. Paperless Schools
Is your child easily distracted? Does homework that should take 45 minutes end up consuming two hours? If so, you are probably a frustrated parent. Chances are you have learned that punishing inattentive behavior doesn’t work.
Forty years ago, an Indiana electronics company brought a product to market that did more to impact the way we educate our kids than almost anything else in the past century. The company, Bowmar Instruments, began selling the first handheld pocket calculator - for a whopping $240!
In classrooms across America, teachers strive to provide engaging lessons and meaningful homework, but more often than not, our students are not learning how to learn. Kids walk out of their classrooms armed with study guides, notes, and chapters to read, but they don’t know how to put that information into storage for retrieval tomorrow, next week, or three months from now. Here are four easy ways to help your child study smarter:
While the thought of a big math test can make even the most confident student stressed out, for some kids, the feelings associated with math go far beyond garden-variety stress. For these students, a feeling of intense anxiety develops - to the point that they are no longer able to think clearly. But how can parents tell whether their child's emotions are a real problem or just an excuse to avoid an uncomfortable academic subject?
A few weeks ago I was in my doctor’s office for an annual checkup. Having known my doctor for many years, I asked how his boys, who are now in high school, were doing. He rolled his eyes and said, “They’re great…not getting much sleep, but that’s what four AP classes will do to you!” He said it as though these AP clas
When it comes to school, one thing is certain - the more organized a student is, the better grades they tend to receive. Fortunately, there are a number of new smart phone applications that make organizing time and tasks easier than ever. And better yet, engaging graphics and designs help make keeping track of projects and school assignments a cinch even for reluctant students. Who says being organized has to be boring? Here are my top picks for iPhone and iPad apps that can be quickly downloaded to your phone or your kid's phone:
Thirty years ago, sitting down as a family to eat dinner together was the norm. Most of us grew up this way, but in today’s hectic environment, family dinners have fallen by the wayside.