The Dreaded FSA: What You Need to Know


Florida Standards Assessment testing for the 2017-2018 school year starts in March. If your child is in public school, they’ve probably heard about this test all year long—but what exactly is it?Florida public schools have given standardized tests for over thirty years. Past tests were mostly multiple choice with a few short essay questions.

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Appropriate Technology


When is using technology appropriate for learning?Technology is never the answer to an assignment, test, project, or anything in between, but when used correctly, it can be one of the most useful tools to help find the answers.By this I mean “Googling” the answer to a specific question to see if someone has already done the work is not how students become better learners.

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Preparing for Exams


How can I prepare for exams?Being a student is hard enough. Unfortunately part of being a student is constantly being assessed on the information you learn to gauge understanding of the subject matter. When it comes to preparing for tests, all students are different. Some students have extraordinary memories and barely need to study at all, and others struggle with retaining information and have to study extra hard to succeed.

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How do I deal with test anxiety?


Do you have test anxiety? Check out these tips that will help you become a test-taking expert!Top 4 ways to reduce test anxiety:In the passenger’s seat of my high school best friend’s car, we’re plummeting down the road toward another state while the clock flashes 6:00a.m. the morning of the ACT. Two unopened granola bars lay in the center console, and the usually giggly atmosphere is deafened by exhaustion and anxiety.

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How is screen time affecting your child?


As an overly conscious parent, I often ponder if I’m doing more harm to my children than good. You’ve likely been here. It’s been a busy day at work; you’re heading home, but you’re stuck in traffic for too long. The person beside you cuts you off and you shout a few expletives before you know it. Now, the rest of the evening you aren’t going to be that ray of sunshine you’d hoped.

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The Arts – Are They Important?


Why are “the arts” and other extracurriculars important to my child’s development?We all know that every student is different and has different likes and dislikes when it comes to school. Some students just push through the day to get to math club, or some push through to get to choir class, web design, or soccer practice. We put significant pressure on our students to succeed in academics.

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Could my child have a learning disability?


So, your child is struggling in school and nothing is working. The idea pops in your head from time to time that maybe they have a learning disability? It’s something no parent wants to think about, but it’s important to have good information to help you make the best decisions for your child. Some signs you may be seeing are as follows according to the National Institute of Health.You may notice one or more of these. Difficulty reading or writing.

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The 3rd Quarter Slump


It’s been a brutal first half, but you somehow made it to half-time. You’re sitting there, resting, trying to refresh yourself before getting back on the field. The game just didn’t go your way the first half. You were doing everything you’ve been coached to do, but it’s just not working. The coach is giving his half-time pep talk, trying to fire you back up.

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Could my child have ADHD?


*Disclaimer: Engaged Academics, LLC does not diagnose children with ADHD. We do however, help parents make informed decisions on treatment. We are not clinicians. We are educational professionals. We do work with children with ADHD and help them succeed regularly. The main purpose of this text is to help inform you of ADHD and when to seek medical advice. When are inattentiveness and the inability to focus and sit still more than just a childhood behavior?

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Seeking a 504 Accommodation Plan


What is an accommodation plan? What is a 504? You’ve probably heard these terms thrown around from time to time. We want to provide you with a bit more information that will help you better understand the 504 accommodation plan and what it’s for.What is it?Thanks to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 states that students with disabilities are to be given the same opportunity to federally funded programs as their peers without disabilities. That’s it in a nutshell.

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