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BS Communicative Disorders & BA Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. Master’s in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá– Instituto Franklin. She has worked as a teacher in three different countries and is now a Translator on the Content Creation Team at Smartick and helps to adapt content for blog posts. As a native Rhode Islander she loves any activity on the water and when she’s not working you can find her traveling, kickboxing, or trying out a new recipe.

Jun12

Should I Reward My Children for Their Grades?

Should I Reward My Children for Their Grades?

  And just like that, summer is coming to put an end to another school year. Nine months of getting up early, learning, exams, grades, friendship, and laughter. But there is a question in the back of every parent’s mind… Should I give my child a gift for their grades? Remember that our children are […]

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May30

The Importance of Parents Supporting Childhood Sports

The Importance of Parents Supporting Childhood Sports

The weekly schedule of a child is very tight, sometimes even more so than the adults around them: school, extracurriculars, homework…but we should also be setting aside some time for physical activity. Practicing any sport gives them alternative and complementary learning to what they receive at school: camaraderie, integrity, effort, persistence, discipline, mental and physical […]

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May24

Repetition Learning, Good Habits and Smartick

Repetition Learning, Good Habits and Smartick

It is no question that repetition is a fundamental of learning. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. Repetition learning in education can be traced as far back to ancient Egypt 4,400 B.C., with similar accounts from ancient China and Greece. Aristotle himself remarked that “It is frequent repetition that produces a natural tendency. The […]

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May17

Shakira and Smartick Join Together to Improve Math in Colombia

Shakira and Smartick Join Together to Improve Math in Colombia

The Barefoot Foundation (Fundación Pies Descalzos) was created by Shakira in 1997 to make quality public education available to Colombian children. Now, with Smartick’s help, they will bring this online mathematics learning method to five schools in the Foundation. These schools are located in the Colombian cities of Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Quibdó. Javier Arroyo, Smartick […]

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Apr25

Compete to Grow: Learning Through Competition

Compete to Grow: Learning Through Competition

I love to share the experiences and emotions that my students feel when they play in a chess tournament. I know that on the inside they are scared, insecure, and nervous but that they also have courage, are eager to succeed, and independent. It is at this moment, the one where they are alone in front […]

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Apr11

Dyslexia: How Can We Help Our Children?

Dyslexia: How Can We Help Our Children?

  Dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder specific to phonological decoding (reading accuracy) and recognition of words (speed and reading fluidity) that interferes with the academic performance of children. Currently, since there is an estimated 40% of fraternal recurrence, genetics and inheritance are casually hypothesized as the primary causes. In addition, through neuroimaging techniques, differences were found […]

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Mar28

The Use of Money in Childhood – Allowance, yes or no?

An allowance can be a great way for our children to become conscious of the value of money and to encourage important qualities like saving, effort, and responsibility. After all, financial education begins at home. What is the best way to establish an allowance? Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist well known for his contributions […]

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Mar22

The Importance of Repetition in Learning

The Importance of Repetition in Learning

  Now we don’t realize, but when we learned to drive we had all 5 senses ready in each action: selecting the right gear, playing with the clutch and accelerating, or remembering to look in our rearview mirror. There comes a day when, without realizing it, we do all of these with confidence and agility, […]

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Mar08

The Importance of Immediate Feedback in Learning

The Importance of Immediate Feedback in Learning

What is feedback We understand feedback as the answers and comments given to students after they finish a task or activity. Through this feedback, students receive information that creates an idea or belief in respect to their results. For this feedback to be more effective, it should be given immediately after the task is completed. The immediate feedback makes learning more […]

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Feb14

The Importance of Hearing in Learning

The Importance of Hearing in Learning

Hearing occupies a very important place in learning. ”Hearing is not the same as listening.” Thanks to our sense of hearing we learn to: Speak and recognize sounds in our environment. Understand through spoken language. Locate sounds and adjust their intensity. Filter through noises that bother us when we need to concentrate. Listen at an […]

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