How Teachers Spend Their Summer Vacation 

The end of the 2017-2018 school year is here.  While students are off enjoying their summer long vacation teachers also get a vacation but it’s probably more accurately characterized as a working vacation. One important thing that teachers do over the summer is to reflect on the past school year. Teachers think about what worked what didn’t work and what needs modification.  Teachers ponder how to best help students learn effectively or, how to be the best teacher they can be.

Topics such as new developments in multi sensory learning, teaching strategies, curriculum content, and classroom management are just some of the  themes that teachers may be mulling over the summer months. The single most important result of these summer reflections is that teachers get re-inspired to get back to school relaxed, refreshed and ready to assist a new class of students with their learning.  We hope you have a relaxing summer and return in August refreshed and ready to learn as well.

The End is Near But Not Yet Here: How to Finish the School Year Strong

Springtime is like no other time of year.  The warm weather and seemingly longer days beckon us outdoors  and the temptation to slack off on school work may be overwhelming with the end of the school year finally in sight.  If you detect spring fever in your student keep in mind that, for them, finishing the school year strong is vital.  A strong finish will make them a better student overall as well as instill the important life lesson that following through on goal accomplishment brings its own rewards.


Here are a few suggestions that you can do to alleviate spring fever and help students stay encouraged and energized through the end of the school year.

  1. Continue to help them stay organized with school and home life as this will help them to deal with  seasonal distractions and keep them focused.
  2. Support healthy eating and sleeping habits to ensure that they have the energy and stamina to follow through to the end.   
  3. Encourage them to stay engaged with school work as well as school activities in a balanced way.  
  4. Tell them how proud you are of them for all the hard work they did to get to this point and remind them that the end is near but not yet here!   
  5. Reinforce the importance of not quitting before the job is finished – as it may lead to regrets later.   

Keep your motivational intentions cheerful but consistent. Your goal is to help your student keep their school performance on par with the work they did during the rest of the year. Remember, a well deserved summer break is just around the corner.  Help your student stay focused and engaged and soon you both can look back with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!

Dyslexie Font: Developed For Those With Dyslexia

media-20180122Dyslexia Font is a print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to, “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer while he was a student in Amsterdam. It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam. Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a type that would make reading easier. He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q. Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.

Dyslexie Font is available as an App and is invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.  For more information or to download a free version of the software visit  Dyslexie Font Website

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