At the PTA meeting at The Roosevelt Island School on November 19th, 2009 guest speaker Steve DeMeo gave presentation "Differentiated Learning, Differentiated Teaching: What It Means for Parents?" As a P.S./I.S. 217 student's parent and Associate Professor of Science Education at Hunter College holding a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Steve advises parents to:
- Follow up on homework.
- Check math/science work, and encourage seeking alternative methods of checking.
- Use "WSD" strategy for reading books: Write it out (summarize), Say it (put in other words, retell), Draw it (put in another modality).
- Work through word problems, and embedding qualitative and quantitative concepts. Beware of memorizing algorithms without understanding the meaning of the foundational concepts.
- Involve kids in cooking - get boys in the kitchen too! Following recipes prepares children to learning lab procedures later in their physics and chemistry classes.
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