Academy for Mathematics & English, Denison Centre

Academy for Mathematics & English, Denison Centre The Academy for Mathematics & English, Denison Centre provides world class tutoring in math, English, reading, and the Sciences, from pre-K to Grade 12.

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"Convincing students that they could make themselves smarter by hard work led them to work harder and get higher grades....
11/09/2021
There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

"Convincing students that they could make themselves smarter by hard work led them to work harder and get higher grades. The intervention had the biggest effect for students who started out believing intelligence was genetic."

What if students understood that "intelligence is highly malleable and can be developed by hard work…that learning changes the brain by forming new…connections and that students are in charge of this change process?"

This is what we instill in our students every day; this is why our students' skills, grades, and confidence quickly and dramatically improve.

https://qz.com/139453/theres-one-key-difference-between-kids-who-excel-at-math-and-those-who-dont/

“I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people”…

👉US kids age 5 to 11 will start receiving COVID-19 shots as early as this week  - and no doubt Canada will follow suit s...
11/02/2021
Pfizer vaccine for children gets backing of CDC panel in U.S.

👉US kids age 5 to 11 will start receiving COVID-19 shots as early as this week - and no doubt Canada will follow suit soon!

“Today is a monumental day in the course of this pandemic, and one that many of us have been very eager to see,” she said at the opening of the panel’s all-day meeting. “For almost two full years, schools have been fundamentally changed; there have been children in second grade who have never experienced a normal school year.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2021/11/02/pfizer-vaccine-for-children-gets-backing-of-cdc-panel-in-us.html

Once OK’d by the CDC director, the program to distribute the vaccine will be fully up and running next week, said a coronavirus response coordinator f...

Congratulations, Kathryn! You are our Student of the Month for September!Here is what her proud Centre Directors had to ...
10/18/2021

Congratulations, Kathryn! You are our Student of the Month for September!

Here is what her proud Centre Directors had to say:

"Kathryn, like many students, has missed or forgotten many concepts that were covered during her Grade 3 school year. In order to fill the gaps from the previous school year and to prepare for the challenging work ahead, her family decided to enroll her in the Academy at the beginning of summer, for 4 hours of lessons per week.

With her dedication, determination, and hard work, her results have been nothing short of amazing! She has improved almost an entire grade level in just 3 short months and is continuing to build her confidence and understanding, quickly ramping up to the new school year's curriculum.

Keep up the great work Kathryn! We are so proud of your progress!"

Congratulations, Kathryn! You are our Student of the Month for September!

Here is what her proud Centre Directors had to say:

"Kathryn, like many students, has missed or forgotten many concepts that were covered during her Grade 3 school year. In order to fill the gaps from the previous school year and to prepare for the challenging work ahead, her family decided to enroll her in the Academy at the beginning of summer, for 4 hours of lessons per week.

With her dedication, determination, and hard work, her results have been nothing short of amazing! She has improved almost an entire grade level in just 3 short months and is continuing to build her confidence and understanding, quickly ramping up to the new school year's curriculum.

Keep up the great work Kathryn! We are so proud of your progress!"

As early as the end of October, COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 could be available in Canada: “All doors will be open...
10/06/2021
Ontario preparing to expedite COVID-19 vaccines for children, once approved

As early as the end of October, COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 could be available in Canada:

“All doors will be open” to immunize children between five and 11 as quickly as possible once COVID-19 vaccines are approved for that age group, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said Tuesday.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ontario-preparing-to-expedite-covid-19-vaccines-for-children-once-approved

“All doors will be open” to immunize children between five and 11 as quickly as possible once COVID-19 vaccines are approved for that age group, Ontario’s…

09/16/2021

Want these results for your kids this critical Back to School season?

Two new Students of the Month to celebrate. Well done, Aryaan and Anayah!
08/07/2021

Two new Students of the Month to celebrate. Well done, Aryaan and Anayah!

Two new Students of the Month to celebrate. Well done, Aryaan and Anayah!

6 infectious disease doctors weigh in on sending unvaccinated kids to school this year. The take-away: mitigation steps ...
08/06/2021
What 6 infectious disease doctors are doing to keep their own kids safe

6 infectious disease doctors weigh in on sending unvaccinated kids to school this year. The take-away: mitigation steps including masking, social distancing, cohorting, and improved ventilation make them comfortable with in-person learning.

https://www.today.com/parents/6-infectious-disease-doctors-discuss-school-concerns-t227440

Doctors share what makes them feel safer about sending their unvaccinated kids to school.

Here's how to prepare your child for success in the coming school year. It's a crucial "comeback" year because, "[m]any ...
07/25/2021
How to Help Your Kids Succeed in School

Here's how to prepare your child for success in the coming school year. It's a crucial "comeback" year because, "[m]any kids may have fallen behind academically after spending the better part of a year in distance or hybrid learning."

https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-help-your-kids-succeed-in-school-5181231

Parents often wonder what the best ways are to support their kid academically. Learn more about how to help your child succeed in school.

👍Here's another recent Student of the Month Award Winner we're excited to share: Nik R - Grade 8! Congratulations on you...
07/25/2021

👍Here's another recent Student of the Month Award Winner we're excited to share: Nik R - Grade 8! Congratulations on your accomplishments, Nik!

From his local centre Director:

"Nik has been a valued member of the Academy since 2015. Through hard work and dedication, he has blossomed into an exemplary student.

His Centre Director and all of his tutors are very proud of him, and look forward to supporting him throughout his secondary school career. Kudos to Nik!"

👍Here's another recent Student of the Month Award Winner we're excited to share: Nik R - Grade 8! Congratulations on your accomplishments, Nik!

From his local centre Director:

"Nik has been a valued member of the Academy since 2015. Through hard work and dedication, he has blossomed into an exemplary student.

His Centre Director and all of his tutors are very proud of him, and look forward to supporting him throughout his secondary school career. Kudos to Nik!"

"Leading pediatric experts say masks, cohorting and physical distancing are not needed this fall in schools in areas whe...
07/22/2021
Masks, cohorting and physical distancing not needed in schools in areas where COVID risk is low, key report says

"Leading pediatric experts say masks, cohorting and physical distancing are not needed this fall in schools in areas where the COVID-19 risk is low, and that sports, music and extracurriculars should resume."

They also want high schools to jettison the octomesters and quadmesters - and return to regular scheduling models.

Additionally, they are adamant that schools should not be shut down again unless something truly extraordinary happens.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2021/07/05/ontario-schools-should-plan-for-full-slate-of-sports-extracurriculars-in-fall-experts-say.html

Report by Sick Kids, CHEO also recommends school only be shut down in ‘catastrophic circumstances’ because of the toll closures take on kids.

👍"The biggest bang for your buck is tutoring" when it comes to accelerating student learning and recovering from COVID l...
07/14/2021
How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

👍"The biggest bang for your buck is tutoring" when it comes to accelerating student learning and recovering from COVID learning loss, education experts say.

"Research suggests that intensive tutoring is one of the most effective ways for kids to catch up on learning. A Harvard study from 2016 sorted through almost 200 well-designed experiments in improving education, and found that frequent one-to-one tutoring with research-proven instruction was especially effective . . . But less frequent tutoring, such as having sessions once a week, was not. A 2020 review of nearly 100 tutoring programs found that intensive tutoring was particularly helpful in reading during the early elementary years, and most effective in math for slightly older children. And another study found that intensive tutoring had major positive impacts on math gains among high school students."

https://hechingerreport.org/how-one-district-went-all-in-on-a-tutoring-program-to-catch-kids-up/

Schools need to try to fill in students’ unfinished learning. A North Carolina school district thinks tutoring is the answer.

We've preached for years the power of handwriting to enhance students' info retention and learning outcomes  - and more ...
07/13/2021
Handwriting leads to faster learning than typing or watching videos

We've preached for years the power of handwriting to enhance students' info retention and learning outcomes - and more studies keep poring in to confirm handwriting's potency:

"Taking notes with a plain old pen and paper is becoming more antiquated by the day. However, a new study finds handwriting is actually the superior learning option, beating out both typing and watching videos when it comes to quickly picking up new information. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report that handwriting is 'surprisingly faster and significantly better' for learning certain skills."

https://www.studyfinds.org/handwriting-faster-learning/

Study authors believe writing reinforces both visual and aural lessons and creates a "perceptual-motor experience."

👉Lecce eager to get Ontario students back into the classroom in September...“What I’ve been focused on for the past week...
07/07/2021
Ontario’s education minister and top doctor are confident students will be back in schools in September

👉Lecce eager to get Ontario students back into the classroom in September...

“What I’ve been focused on for the past weeks is getting children back into class full time this September, full stop. That is our priority,” Lecce said Tuesday at a Richmond Hill school.

“We’re very pleased to see a high rate of vaccine uptake from so many young people in Ontario 12 up, and, of course, adults,” the minister said.

“We’ve set aside sufficient supply for the second doses in August, (and) we think by increasing those numbers we’re going to have a more normal September,” he said, conceding “a very small number of families” will choose to have their kids continue to learn online.

“So our intention and our commitment is to get every child in class in September.”

https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2021/07/06/education-minister-confident-most-ontario-students-will-be-back-in-schools-in-september.html

Both Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, are confident schoolchildren will return to cla...

There is no such thing as an "average" student. Each student is unique. The challenge is therefore to create customized ...
07/02/2021
Is Our K-12 Education System Limiting Human Potential?

There is no such thing as an "average" student. Each student is unique. The challenge is therefore to create customized learning plans for each student, in combination with lots of 1-on-1 assistance - a very high standard to meet indeed - outside of the confines of a customized tutoring program.

Brain imaging studies concur:

"Early in his career, [Harvard Professor] Rose conducted brain imaging studies where a set of participants' brain scans would be averaged. He began to notice that each individual brain looked nothing like the 'average' brain.

Rose concluded, 'There is absolutely no such thing as an average student. So we have a big problem, because we have built an entire education system assuming the average kid exists, that kids know the same things and learn the same way at the same age. They don't.'"

https://www.freethink.com/shows/catalysts/education-system

Our K-12 education system is centered around the assumption that every student learns and masters material the exact same way. The problem is: they don’t.

"There are still no official plans for September but [Ontario] Education Minister Stephen Lecce reaffirmed Tuesday his c...
06/30/2021
Lecce committed to full return to in-person learning for 2021-22 - 680 NEWS

"There are still no official plans for September but [Ontario] Education Minister Stephen Lecce reaffirmed Tuesday his commitment to a full return to in-person learning.

'Our government is firmly committed to getting all children back to class, full-time, in-person, this September where they belong,' said Lecce."

https://www.680news.com/2021/06/29/lecce-in-person-learning-school-year/

There are still no official plans for September but Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he is committed to a full return to in-person learning.

👉What can FULLY-VACCINATED parents do with their unvaccinated children? ANSWERS BELOW...According to infectious diseases...
06/23/2021
You've had your 2nd dose. What's safe to do now? | CBC News

👉What can FULLY-VACCINATED parents do with their unvaccinated children? ANSWERS BELOW...

According to infectious diseases specialist Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti:

"'The best way that we can protect young children is for there to be low community transmission — and that's what we have. And thankfully, even if the odd child has contracted COVID, generally they don't get very sick from it.'

Sundaram said the question of what fully-vaccinated parents can do with their unvaccinated children is a challenging one and that there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

Here are a few things the epidemiologist suggested families consider:

--Children are less likely to become severely ill with COVID-19 than older people;

--There has been some reduction in vaccine effectiveness on the variants of concern, but that reduction is minimized two weeks after a person's second dose;

--The small possibility that a fully-vaccinated person contracts COVID-19 is influenced by other factors, including whether their children or teenagers have been exposed to places where the virus might be circulating — indoor settings, crowded places and buildings with bad ventilation."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/whats-safe-after-second-dose-your-covid-questions-answered-1.6075406

Canadians are still waiting on official guidelines about what they’re allowed to do once they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Meanwhile, about 20 per cent of Canadians have both doses— and many want to know: What can I do now?

✅😱Scientists have known for a long time that "sleep" is a time of learning consolidation, but recent evidence suggests "...
06/22/2021
Why scientists think this hack is crucial for lifelong learning

✅😱Scientists have known for a long time that "sleep" is a time of learning consolidation, but recent evidence suggests "wakeful rest" - mini breaks during learning - DRAMATICALLY improves learning efficacy and mastery - possibly in a way that is even more powerful than sleep.

This recent finding - published in Cell Reports on June 8 - is quite remarkable:

"Scientists examined the fluctuating magnetic fields in the brains of participants asked to perform a sequential task repeatedly. They observed that in the brief breaks between the practice rounds, that task was replayed rapidly in their minds as if learning on its own.

This brief rest time, it turns out, played the most important role in their mastery of the task: almost all of their skill improvement happened during the breaks.

Like a tape player on fast forward, the brain compressed the sequence of the task (a five-item numerical sequence played with certain fingers) and replayed it about 20 times faster than the time it took them to physically perform it during the 10-second pauses between trials, replaying it rapidly behind the scenes and boosting their performance as they got the hang of it."

https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/new-skills-brain-study

Researchers found that when practicing a task, our brain learns the most in brief pauses in between, replaying sequences like a fast-forwarded cassette tape.

🤔Wondering what the new school year will look like in September? Some details are finally emerging from across Canada......
06/20/2021
Will schools return to ‘normal’ in September? Health experts say it depends on various factors

🤔Wondering what the new school year will look like in September? Some details are finally emerging from across Canada...

"As one of the most disrupted school years winds down, parents, educators and doctors are turning their attention to September. Will masks be necessary? Are extracurriculars returning? Should class bubbles continue? Children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine, and doctors say that any return to “normal” will depend on factors such as adult vaccination uptake and the potential spread of the Delta variant, which could have an impact on in-class learning."

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-will-schools-return-to-normal-in-september-health-experts-say-it/

Vaccination and lower rates of COVID-19 should allow for a safe return to in-person learning this fall, doctors say, but which health protocols and other measures stay in place remains uncertain

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