How a 2nd Grader Thinks

How a 2nd Grader ThinksYour second grader has figured out the ins and outs of elementary school, but even though he’s practically a school pro he’s still developing mentally. What are second graders capable of understanding? Jean Piaget, the psychologist credited with forming the theory of cognitive development in the late 1920s, created a list of the mental limitations for each Read more

Cheating Is Rampant…Everyone Is Cheated

Cheating Is Rampant...Everyone Is CheatedLook at this list: more than 50 sites that sell ghost-written essays to students, who then sign the purchased work and pass it off as their own.

Did you know it was so bad? An epidemic really. And a devastating indictment of our high schools (which obviously don’t teach students how to write papers) and colleges (which obviously don’t care that so much Read more

Compared to Other Countries, Does the United States Really Do That Badly in Math?

Compared to Other Countries, Does the United States Really Do That Badly in Math?Many Americans were shocked to learn how poorly U. S. students were doing when the Program on International Student Assessment (PISA) released its study of math achievement for 2006. U. S. 15-year-olds came in 35th among the 57 nations who participated in its administration. The U. S. average score was 474 points (against an average of 500 for students in the industrialized Read more

Learn About Black History: Seven Lesser-Known Figures

Learn About Black History: Seven Lesser-Known FiguresMartin Luther King, Jr. Booker T. Washington. Harriet Tubman. These African-Americans have become household names and their contributions to our nation cannot be overestimated. But there are so many other African-Americans who made important contributions to society whose names are often overlooked in the history books. February marks Black History Month; read Read more

The Certification Connection

The Certification ConnectionI recently came across a flyer from the National Private Schools Association offering, among other things, certification for private school teachers. Intrigued, I went to the association’s website and discovered these requirements: provide information, all self-reported, on your academic background, teaching experience, and character; obtain a reference from an employer Read more

Solving the Equation for Algebra Readiness

Solving the Equation for Algebra ReadinessThe language of algebra includes x, y, and z. Yet these variables add up to something more than just another mathematics class. Algebra 1 is an essential stop on the way to higher-level math and science according to research.

What remains unclear, though, is when students should take Algebra 1. While the subject has traditionally been taught in ninth Read more

10 New-Age Relaxation Techniques for Kids

10 New-Age Relaxation Techniques for KidsChildhood isn’t always the carefree time it’s cracked up to be. Studies show that one in ten kids suffer from mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. Time-outs and cuddles can only do so much, says Michele Pullo. The creator of happycalmchild. com says relaxation techniques can help kids cope with the pressures of modern life.

“Children Read more

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