Category Archives: Practical Education Skills

Youth Reading Mastery Questions for Parents

Who takes time to sit down & listen to their children/teens read?

Do they have voice inflection, cadence, and understanding of what they read?

Do you ask them questions from the reading material?

Do you have them give you oral/written reading reports?

Don’t let your children/teens be complacent readers.

Actively engage your children when it comes to reading. Other wise, they will be surface readers.

Reading Mastery is So Much More than Calling Out Words.

KT
7/7/2017
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Why Complain of Youth’s Low Reading Scores–When Reading Basics are Weak?

What is the reading material the children scores are based on?

Who will teach tools & techniques to reading mastery? Figurative Language, Author’s Intent, Inferences, Context Clues, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Close Reading, etc.?

Children are held accountable for scores on standardized tests & most times, it is not certain if they have been given the reading tools & techniques in detail.

Look into the records of the students, those low scores didn’t come out of the middle of nowhere. The reading struggling didn’t just pop out the ground.

Most times, children are given boring reading material, and they are expected to be hyped up about it.

What do they have a passion for? That is the key to unlock mediocre reading scores.

The brain is a muscle & it must be constantly exercised. If not, it gets out of shape. Flabby.

Poems, Song Lyrics, Quotes, Proverbs, Short Essays, etc are very powerful when it comes to students mastering reading. Break the class down in a circle or semi-circle & let the students read out loud. Some will read better than others. Students will laugh. At first. But, the teacher or reading coach must say, “don’t laugh too quick, because all of you are going to have to read aloud. We are going around the circle.”

See how long the laughing last. That is going to be knocked off real quick.

Some of the fast readers might not comprehend as well as the slow readers. In that case, the fast readers are more of an entertainer. Sometimes, the slow readers comprehend better than the speedy rabbit readers.

Everybody will read the same text in the circle. Nobody knows if they will be called next. You think they are going to goof off? Nope. Too much embarrassment, if they are caught looking out the window at squirrels or something. They will pay attention.

The teacher/parent/reading coach must know the material inside out & outside in. That way, they will be able to ask questions right on the spot or after a student gets through reading.

Anyone can answer the question asked. The more these type settings happen, the more young people are inspired to be master readers.

Some days, you go over prefixes, suffixes & root words. Etymology. The origin of words.

Go over Greek & Latin, French, Old English, Spanish. Then, they will have a solid understanding of the core of the English Language.

Have the Youth Breakdown Poems & Song Lyrics. Ask them about the stories in the poems & songs & ask them have they had similar experiences.

Reading Mastery is no Cookie Cutter Template. It takes hardwork to see a rise in Reading Scores. It takes sacrifice on students & the adults part.

Who is willing to turn the difficult soil over?

KT
8/10/2017
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Watch “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks”

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Why School is Only 180 Degrees of Education–Home & Trade Education Complete the 360 Circumference

4,5,6 year olds doing Algebra & Geometry & Reading 2-3 Grade Levels Above & Teenagers Learning Trades gets less Attention from Adults than a Pro Sports Game or Music Awards Night or Reality Show or Holidays where Adults can Barbeque & Play Music & have A Good Time.

While all that go on, children & teens are getting their confidence broken in classrooms, not understanding math word problems, not doing well in standardized tests, not able to relate their education to the real world, can’t explain math steps on the board in front of the class, not really understanding their homework, and many things that don’t have their parents full attention.

Children & Teens are exposed to material much earlier than previous generations. Many are getting very frustrated with school.

Without trades, even honor roll students will be at a disadvantage. Only reason I bring up honor roll students is because most people think they good to go with great grades. Without trade knowledge, they too are at a disadvantage.

Trades. What can you use your mind & hands to invent, create, build, manufacture & produce?
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***—>>> Will your child/children–teens have trades when they graduate from high school?

Are you fine with them only having book knowledge knowledge?

Are you fine with them not having a trade or trades & not being able to use their minds & hands to create, invent, manufacture & produce?

Are you fine with them not being able to apply their education to the real world?

KT
2016
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Lets Have Some Fun–Lets Play Youth Educational Challenge Championships

We should strive to be Fans of Youth Education.

Throw some youth think tank parties, tailgate & throw some barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs on the grill with drinks & play some good music.

Lets get excited in the barbershops & beauty salons & neighborhoods & homes & everywhere else about youth education & trades & black history & technology.

Bring the children. Have Multiplication Superbowls, Spelling Bee Superbowls, Reading, Math & Science Superbowls.

Lets have some fun…lets play, lets play Youth Educational Challenge Championships.

KT
2016
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How About Spending Time Talking to the Young People about the Real World

Most people, after High School are out on their own. A few people might win scholarships—either through sports or good grades.

These people are very few. People are pushed out into a hard, cold—heartless world—real fast.

For years, they have dreamed of being out own their own. Maybe not. They might have been scared to go out into the wide world.

No matter what they feel about life after High School—that is it.

They are considered grown. Yet, many times they are not even properly prepared to deal with the world mentally, spiritually, financially, skill wise, trade wise, technical wise, know how wise—or any other way.

How many grown people have spent time talking to the young people of the real world? How much true talk—no matter how startling it might be—has transpired between the old and the young?

Young people need to be taught skills, trades, crafts, and many other things. They should be talked to about job situations they might be in once they get out on their own. How will certain situations be handled at work? How will they deal with bosses that might be hard to get along with? What strategies will they use to get around obstacles at work?

Do the young people know how to make a resume? Do they know how to conduct themselves in an interview?

Reality talks from older people prepares the youth for adulthood.

KT
2017
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Can Your Child Spit Math Answers like they Spit Rap Song Bars?

Do your children know how to change from a decimal to percent or percent to decimal?

What about a decimal to a fraction or fraction to decimal?

Do they know the difference between a proper fraction, improper fraction or a mixed fraction?

Do they know decimal places? What lies on the left & right of a decimal? Do they know the left of a decimal represents whole/–& the right of a decimal represents part?

Do your children know signed numbers (Intro to Algebra)?

Do they know how many Degrees are in a Circle? What does half represent in a circle? What is the name of the line that runs straight through the center of a circle making 180 degrees on both sides? What is the name of that line?

Do they know another name for a Right Angle/how many Degrees does a Right angle represent?

Our children should be spitting the answers to these questions like they spit/recite whole rap songs, love songs, and any other songs they know from top to bottom, left and right, and every other kind of way.

We got to get on the grind of elevating our children’s minds/once they grow up/ain’t no rewind/without proper knowledge/how they gon ever get they self out a bind?/Knowledge is powerful/when applied/let’s be real folks/& get off pride/–we should be tired of being at the foot of civilization/we are a powerful people/when we unite & build/we ain never got to yield/dreams do come True/if we stay true to ourselves.

KT
2017
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How Storytelling is Not Dead & How “Smart Phones” Can Really Be Used to Be Smart & Productive

Storytelling is not gone forever because of tight beats & hook filled songs & reality shows.

There are some great writers putting out some great material in the form of plays, movies, monologues, podcasts, blogs, poetry, spoken word poetry, documentaries, relevant songs & raps, literary reviews, essays & many other forms.

Make sure your children & teens read a lot. Reading is powerful.

The children & teens have smart phones & tablets. Make sure they don’t just play games on them.

People call phones”Smart Phones.” I agree. They are SMART PHONES. If used in productive ways. These phones & tablets are very productive tools, if used productively.

Here are some of the things Phones & Tablets can be used to make:

* Films
* Podcasts
* Books (Print & Ebook)
* Blogs
* Movies & Documentaries & other types films
* Music
* Art
* Photography
* Audio Engineering
* Video Editing
* Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.)
&
Much More

KT
2017
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Watch “8 parts of speech Focus on Preps”

3 Ways a Relevant Education is Way More Beneficial Than Rote School Learning & Wishful Thinking

1) Make sure your children & teens have trades. Something they can use their brains & hands to build something, invent something & manufacture something.
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2) Paperback & Hardback Books in a Technology Age

There is nothing like a Paperback & Hardback Book.

Many publishers having to compete with what’s going on in the Tech World. Writers are starting to put out their own books, cutting out the Middle Man. Keeping Money in their own pockets.

Readers not spending on physical books like they used to. Many readers now reading books for cheaper on digital devices and can carry a whole library of books on a digital devices. Thus reading more.

White Screen Nooks & Kindles -vs-Color Nooks, Kindles, Ipads & Samsung Tablets for Reading

The Amazon Kindles are Great. The Ipads are Great. The Samsung Tablets are Great. The Barnes and Noble Nooks are Great. They all have Color Screens. Important for Apps & Videos Viewing.

But, if you are a Hardcore Reader, go for the Nooks & Kindles with the White Screens. The Battery Life is Much Better. Maybe 2X-3X Better. You can Read on them without Glares & in any kind of Lighting without tilting the Monitor a Certain Way to get Better Lighting. The Color Monitors are Very difficult to Read Outside in Sunlight. Many times, you have to adjust the Brightness level on Color Screens.

Overall, the White Screen Nooks & Kindles are a Better Reading Experience, Less Strain on Your Eyes & Better Battery Life.

In many ways, it is the closest we will get to Reading a Physical Book in A Digital Age.

2014
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3) Relevant Education on Many Levels

School is not enough for Youth. They must learn trades. Jobs ain’t knocking on doors. Teach them to be financially sharp too.

Find out what your child has a passion for, other than sports & entertainment.

Help develop it. Inspire them to 1 day make into a business.

What happen to Trades in School?

Without a trade, people in bad shape. We go down roads we never thought we would to survive.

Talking Intelligent don’t mean anything, if we can’t survive in a hardcore world. We must all build our toolkit of skill sets.

No money or time to go back to school. Read, study, talk to old people, become apprentice, buy Kindle/Tablet, Download Free Ebooks from Amazon, Internet, etc.

People go to College, listen to Professors lecture, read, study, & take tests. What if you don’t have money or time for College?

SELF-STUDY.

2013

KT
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