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Can we accept that only 37% of high school students read at proficiency level?

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The latest results from the 2015 Nation’s Report Card were just released. They show that only 37% of high school students read at proficiency level, and more than 25% read below basic level…

We cannot accept this. We all know that the best way to increase kids’ reading level is to start as early as elementary school. There is a huge need to develop the love of reading and engage kids with reading. They just need to be offered the right content in the right format.

This once again reinforces the importance and the urgency of our mission here at News-O-Matic. News-O-Matic plays a major role in mitigating this situation early on by providing the most engaging daily news experience for a young audience. Already 200,000 kids read News-O-Matic every month.

About 18,700 students took the reading test organized by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

By Marc-Henri Magdelenat, Founder


Teaching Mindfulness to Reduce Test Anxiety

For many students, spring isn’t just about sunshine and flowers. It’s also a nerve-wracking time to take standardized tests. In order to calm kids down, child psychologist Dr. Phyllis Ohr had some advice. She says that teaching mindfulness can help!

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Cooking Up Goals

The Teacher’s Lunchbox: Cooking Up Goals

The year 2015 is well underway. How will you help your students set — and realize — achievable goals? By setting goals and measuring their achievements, students are able to see what they have accomplished and what they are capable of. Continue reading


10 Thanksgiving Teaching Tips

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to teach students about GRATITUDE. In fact, child development experts have found that classroom teaching of gratitude has some wonderful benefits: Children enjoy school more and teachers experience less “burn out.”

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The Teacher’s Lunchbox: Reaching Out to Anxious Students

Hello, educators. I hope your first few weeks of school have been exciting. By now you are getting to know your students and most likely amazed by the many different personality types or “flavors” represented in your class. Exposure to a diverse or “flavorful” class can help children develop compassion and tolerance, especially when their teacher models acceptance and support.

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Tips for Positive Teacher-Student Relationship

The Teacher’s Lunchbox: Recipes for Positive Relationships

The importance of positive teacher – student relationships

Hello, educators. My name is Phyllis Ohr, and for the past 20 years I’ve engaged in teacher consultation and mentoring as a school psychologist throughout the New York City area. I’m very excited to share some of my ideas with you in a series of monthly blog posts. This first post comes at the start of the new school year, a perfect time to develop rapport with your students. Most of my ideas for positive teacher techniques are common sense, but there may be some relationship strategies you haven’t used before.

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It’s Summer Learning Day!

That’s it; school’s out for summer! But with summer break comes the dreaded summer learning loss. Some students lose two months in math skills over the summer, according to research, and more than two months in reading achievement.

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