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What Is the Greatest Predictor of Success in School?

August 3, 2011

Today’s article begins with a quiz: What cognitive process is the greatest predictor of success in school? a) Verbal working memory (auditory processing while conducting other tasks such as note-taking) b) Ability to identify main ideas c) Transcription fluency (ability to write/form letters) d) Ability to spell accurately e) Ability to solve problems Did you…

The Most Prevalent Problem in Our Schools… That is Totally Ignored!

August 3, 2011

My mother is a family physician with a specialty in substance abuse (certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine). Over the years, we have many relatives who have battled addictions in one way, shape, or form, and Mom specifically pursed the additional certification to help them. Her interest in the issue is truly a…

Highlighting & Talking: Suggestions for Sierra Leone

August 3, 2011

I know that everyone has their minds on “turkey,” but I only received one response to Creative Ideas Needed for Orphans in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The idea comes from Laura H. (not to be confused with the Laura who is working with the orphanage in Sierra Leone): Highlighting “Not sure how helpful this may…

Creative Ideas Needed for Orphans in Sierra Leone, West Africa

August 3, 2011

I had to make a “last-minute” road-trip to meet my new niece today; I am now an “aunt” for the first time! Baby Katelyn is adorable and a truly wonderful Thanksgiving gift! As I held that beautiful newborn this morning, I thought about the blessings she already has in life, including her two loving parents…

Why Teachers Feel So Ineffective!

August 3, 2011

“A good teacher is a self-abuser!” One of my grad-school professors said this in class years ago. I was still teaching full-time and his words pierced right through me! “Yes!” I thought, “that is so right!” I came home every day, frustrated that I didn’t get to something I wanted to cover that day or…

What to Do When Students Are Not Motivated!

August 3, 2011

Motivation! Ah…if I had the magic pill that would light a fire under students and children, I would certainly bottle it instead of writing these articles in the wee hours of the morning and night. This is a hot topic and the root of several questions I have received since announcing this project a couple…

The Fundamental Learning Strategy: Are You Exploiting It for All of Its Potential?

August 3, 2011

I would like to share another perspective about how the brain works. This one, in my opinion, is FUNDAMENTAL. It applies universally to everything you learn. If you really understand this, you can find unlimited applications to improve your learning (and teaching). You are undoubtedly aware of it to some extent, but are you exploiting…

What Happens When You Outlaw Standardized Tests?

August 3, 2011

One country is leading the world in educational achievements. They have created a system that nurtures problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They have developed classrooms where teachers rarely lecture for full class periods, but instead, allows students to determine their own weekly goals and chose the tasks they will work on… at their own pace.…

Are You Spending TOO MUCH Time Learning? (Or,Teaching?)

August 3, 2011

“Small-chunk” learning is the most undervalued concept in education! We have all been raised with this notion that effective learning and good grades can only come from a massive investment of time of energy. That notion is not only wrong, it’s harmful! It turns a lot of eager, willing, and smart people off to learning.…

Everything I Need to Know About My Phone Company, I Learned From a Multiple-Choice Test. (Kinda.)

August 3, 2011

I received the following email from a subscriber: An issue that prevails for many students, including my own daughter, is that testing is conducted through only one format; multiple-choice; end of course/grade, SAT, HSAP, etc are only formatted as multiple-choice assessments. There are a significant number of students who would benefit from various other testing…

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