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Getting Kids to Read on Their Own

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015






One of the more troubling truths for educators—and parents—is that most children do not read a book just for fun.  Motoko Rich, writer for The New York Times, explains, “In a 2014 survey of just over 1,000 children ages 6 to 17, only 31 percent said they read a book for fun almost daily, down […]






Reasons to Stay in School

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013






At one time or another, almost all students wonder if what they are studying will be helpful after graduation.  For some, it is the reason that they drop out before they graduate high school.  A recent article on the Teen page of The Huffington Post published a summary of what some Reddit users say are […]






The Best Study Habits for Students

Friday, February 8th, 2013






We all know that having good study habits is essential for academic success, but what are the effective study habits? A recent study described on the Science Daily website by John Dunlosky and other researchers from Kent State University indicates that some of the most commonly used techniques for improving study habits are much more […]






Growth in Math Achievement due to Motivation and Study Habits

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013






After studying math ability among 3,520 German fifth and tenth graders while he was at the University of Munich, Kou Murayama, postdoctoral researcher of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues were able to predict students’ long-term growth in mathematics achievement over a five-year period.  Their work, described on the Science […]






Incentives for Good Performance in AP Courses

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012






A key component of getting more students prepared for college is having more students in Advanced Placement courses while they are in high school.  Caralee Adams, blog writer for Education Week’s College Bound blog, describes in a recent post, “Program Aims to Improve AP Scores With Training and Incentives,” a new program to do just […]






Winning the Homework Battle

Friday, August 17th, 2012






The end of summer means the advent of a new school year, and all over the country, students have begun (or already started) their new academic pursuits.  Many parents, however, dread the ongoing homework battles with their children.  A recent article, “Ending the Homework Battle,” on the Science Daily website–summarizes the book, How to Handle […]






One Promising Solution to the Dropout Problem

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012






Kelsey Sheehy’s post, “Public-Private Ties Needed to Prevent High School Dropouts,” on U S News and World Reports High School Notes blog describes the need to prevent high school dropouts.  Sheehy points out that the nearly 1 million students who drop out each year mean that about 7,000 students are dropping out daily.  According to […]






TED TV: Giving Every Classroom Something to Discuss

Friday, May 25th, 2012






If you have never heard of TED TV, you are truly missing out. TED’s motto is “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and TED TV Works to spread these ideas to the public. These ideas are usually discussed by brilliant and sometimes famous individuals, and TED TV is a great service for both children and adults. The best […]






Summer Math Ideas

Thursday, May 10th, 2012






Children all across the country have either just completed the school year or have just a few more weeks before it ends.  Of course, they are looking forward to long, lazy days that will require none of their typical school-day routine, and that includes none of the academic demands or mental rigor that their educators […]






Young Women Leave the Workforce to Increase Education

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012






Huffington Post reporter, Catherine Rampell, reports that part of the reason for November’s lower unemployment rate is the shrinking labor force.  Economists realize that some of those work force dropouts are young people who are upgrading their skills. For the first time in 30 years, there are more young women in school than in the […]






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