How much sleep does my child need?


A common question we get here at Engaged Academics from our clients is, “Is my child getting enough sleep?”. Mostly, the answer is a big, “NO!” From our experience, a child’s day has become so filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities that they are not getting an adequate amount of sleep. Below, I’ve created a list of what the experts say about the right amount of sleep for your child by age.

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When should my child stay home?


Good question. The Leon County School system states your child should be fever free for twenty-four hours before your child returns to school. We don’t need a massive outbreak of the flu or strep-throat.But as parents, we know it’s not as simple as that.“Mooom, I don’t feel good … I don’t want to go to school today *cough cough*.”We’ve all heard it, and most of us have done it. But where do you draw the line?First, ask your child what’s wrong.

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Hiring a Tutor


Are your child’s grades falling like the leaves in Fall? Is the once vibrant and enthusiastic attitude of your child turning more apathetic? If any of the following sound familiar, it may be time to hire a tutor or academic mentor. Less joy and more frustration. General sense of negativity. Complains about not being able to keep up or understand the lessons. The teacher has emailed or called with a concern. Grades are falling.

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PIRATE


The one factor that we have determined to be most crucial to student success is learning strategies. It’s evident that the school system isn’t teaching how to assess your own understanding of information and strategies for students to learn best. Here is a mnemonic that may be helpful for your student. PIRATE!

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Should Teens Use Social Media?


In a connected world, is there such a thing as too connected? Personally, I feel a sense of loneliness when I can’t check for the latest updates from my friends and family. I’ve tried going “off the grid”, but I find myself craving the interactions. Sadly, most of the news headlines I read come directly from sites I follow on Facebook. I know, because I’ve read the research that social media giants push information to people based on what they want to see. They also push information towards

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What’s a Mentor?


“Wait, what is academic mentoring? ” Explaining the differences between mentoring and tutoring has become somewhat of a regular conversation. To analogize it simply, an academic mentor is like the head coach of a football team and a tutor is like the offensive/defensive coordinator. Each has their job to do, but the coach has to see the overall “big picture”.

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Students are missing….



Why is everyone missing the BIG idea of true education and learning? Our educational system focuses on content knowledge, testing, and …….. Well, that seems to be about all. There, the main objective is WHAT to know and not HOW to know. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great teachers and progressive schools that are implementing the HOW, but it’s definitely not the norm.

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Obsessed with Milestones?


If you’re a parent, you surely know about developmental milestones. You know, the ones that say your kid should roll over at 3 months, sit at 6 months, and walk at 1 year. If not, click here to see what the CDC says about the topic. Now that you’ve recapped, are you one of those parents that overly obsess over these milestones? Are you frantic, stressed, or feeling anxious that your child might be behind? If so, STOP; and here is why you should.

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What is a Charter School?


*Disclaimer: Engaged Academics, LLC does not intend to sway or convey an opinion on this issue. We only want to inform and have people participate in civil dialogue about the topic. Charter schools are independently run public schools granted greater flexibility and autonomy in its operation in return for higher performance and accountability. The term “charter” is a contract or agreement the school enters in which outlines its mission statement, program, students served, performance goals.

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Learning Styles – Fact or Fiction?


Before you read this blog, take a moment and complete this learning style inventory assessment. See what it says about how you possibly learn best. Then, read the rest of the blog. Click here, but don’t forget to come back and finish reading. Click here to take the assessment.Over the past decade, learning styles have gained attention. If you aren’t familiar, learning styles are the preferred method for learning material based on a student’s preference.

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