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28 07, 2021

Critical Thinking and College Readiness

By |2021-09-20T16:18:12-07:00Wednesday, July 28, 2021|Featured Article|0 Comments

What does it mean to make high-school students "college and career ready"? Does it mean that they have memorized a lot of information or have a deep understanding of core concepts? Does it mean that they write essays based on their personal experiences, or evidence-based background knowledge? Does it mean that they accept all information given as fact, or [...]

20 07, 2021

A New Frontier: Competency-Based Learning

By |2021-08-16T14:05:18-07:00Tuesday, July 20, 2021|Featured Article|0 Comments

When we think of traditional education spaces, we picture a classroom filled with children, all around the same age, sitting and raising their hands while a teacher lectures at the front of the classroom. While this method of teaching and learning is ideal for some circumstances, it is by no means the best or only way that students can master [...]

7 07, 2021

Get Verbal: Academic Language Development Starts Young

By |2021-08-17T13:47:57-07:00Wednesday, July 7, 2021|Featured Article, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last week, we discussed the importance of leveled reading in developing literacy skills. Another essential component to increasing literacy and critical thinking skills is vocabulary development. When I entered kindergarten, teachers and other adults were surprised at my highly advanced vocabulary for such a young child. This resulted from two actions taken from infancy: my mother both read and [...]

9 06, 2021

Are you ready for Summer Learning?

By |2021-06-09T11:47:58-07:00Wednesday, June 9, 2021|Featured Article|0 Comments

Summer is only a couple of weeks away. Some of you must be looking forward to vacations. Some of you might be thinking of giving your kids a break during this summer and some of you might still be looking for a summer program to keep your children engaged in learning activities. Since the pandemic is not over yet and [...]

11 05, 2021

The Summer Slide

By |2021-05-11T13:30:01-07:00Tuesday, May 11, 2021|Featured Article|0 Comments

The Summer Slide, sometimes called Summer Learning Loss in more academic settings, is when children go backwards in their education and lose about a month’s worth of learning over summer break (Cooper, H., et. al., 1996). Researchers have done studies on students’ ability to remember information and they found out that without constant practice students’ calculation and spelling ability [...]

21 04, 2021

Story of Sam Li-A 3rd Grader & a Little Chess Master

By |2021-05-18T13:23:39-07:00Wednesday, April 21, 2021|Featured Article, Success Stories|0 Comments

We are pleased to share this week the story of Sam Li, a student currently in 3rd Grade and is passionate about Chess & Math. His parents found out about Afficient Academy from a Wechat group and enquired about it. Although Sam was a little advanced in Math at school, his parents thought that he could build a strong foundation [...]

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