Finding and using the students personal learning style.
'The Zeigarnik effect states that people remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed ones. Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik first studied the phenomenon after noticing that waiters seemed to remember orders only so long as the order was in the process of being served. Some suggest that students who wish to remember material better should leave learning unfinished when taking breaks, according to the effect. It is also suggested that the effect is behind the cliffhanger plot device.' -Zeigarnik effect [W]. See more at List of cognitive biases [W]
Chicago Teaching Fellows [chicagoteachingfellows.org]. 'The Chicago Teaching Fellows provides a pathway for outstanding individuals to become teachers in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and to significantly impact the academic achievement of our city's children. We look to you, successful professionals and recent college graduates, to bring your knowledge, experience, and records of achievement to the classrooms where your leadership is needed most.'
GoldenApple.org. A Chicago based not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in grade school education through teachers.
GrowParents.com/cps/. The CPS uses GrowParents to distribute the results of standardized test but it is also a resource for child education.
Khan Academy [khanacademy.org]. "The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. We have 1200+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan."
Book Adventure [BookAdventure.org]. 'a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 6,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by the Sylvan Learning Foundation and is sponsored by Sylvan Learning, Inc. '
edX [edxonline.org]. "EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free.