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How Do Study Skills Improve Standardized Test Scores?

November 8, 2011

Educators are under enormous pressure to have students perform well on standardized tests. Since standardized tests assess students’ mastery of state benchmarks, it is well known that the best way to improve scores is to provide clear instruction of those benchmarks. As a result, teachers and administrators are spending vast amounts of time “mapping” their…

Can Phonics Improve Student Motivation? Tips for 6-12 Interventions

November 2, 2011

Two-thirds of students entering high school are not proficient readers! This is a crisis, but there is a simple piece of the puzzle to fix this problem. It would dramatically improve student performance! However, most of us don’t know anything about it. The problem is that we do not teach a COMPLETE set of English…

Is There a Link Between Study Skills and Motivation?

October 18, 2011

Last week, a friend was telling me about her work with a community initiative to help “at-risk” youth get better grades in school. Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, “Oooh…they need study skills!” She responded, “Well, we are focusing more on motivation,” and quickly continued with her story. I shouldn’t have interrupted her…

Negative Attitudes from Parents and Teachers

October 4, 2011

Last week, I shared suggestions to improve students’ attitudes towards study skills. But, students are not the only ones with poor attitudes. I recently received an email from Jean*. Jean is a teacher who is battling a few roadblocks while teaching study skills during her “Study Skills” class. Yes, that is right. Jean is responsible…

The Cost of NOT Teaching Study Skills

October 4, 2011

As school budgets are rapidly shrinking, administrators have to carefully consider how to allocate their budget; they need to get the most “bang for their buck.” Managing a school budget is an art form involving hundreds of decisions and balancing dozens of demands. “How Can We Make the Greatest Impact?” This question is usually the…

McDonald’s, Gillette, and Study Skills

September 13, 2011

Twenty-five years before Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s store, he was a struggling “paper cup” salesman in Chicago. It was 1930; the country was in the midst of the prohibition era and soda fountains were rapidly expanding as an alternative to bars. Walgreen’s was leading the way, opening new stores and soda fountains at…

Tutoring: A 5-Billion Dollar Business!

August 3, 2011

This week’s article is for you if you are a tutor or have thought about becoming one. It is estimated that parents in the United States spend $5-8 billion a year on private tutoring! Tutors can charge anywhere from $30-$90 an hour, depending on their location and specialty. If you haven’t thought of becoming a…

Why Do Students Love Certain Teachers? Even the “Gumpy” Ones.

August 3, 2011

If you read my article “How I Was Accused of Child Neglect,” you know we have had some big changes in our household with our first-grader starting a new school this week. So far, we are off to a good start! Last week, I only described one element of our challenges with the previous school. I…

My Worst Year of Teaching!

August 3, 2011

 I recently spoke with a young teacher from Minnesota; she said something that resonated deeply within me. This young woman had signed up for an “Ask the Author” session over a product question. However, as we spoke, she made a striking comment. “I am trying my best, but many parents want to blame everything on me!” Her voice cracked…

Keeping Education Current – With the World’s Oldest Strategy

August 3, 2011

How DO We Make Learning More Relevant? One way to bridge this gap is to illustrate the connections between what our students are learning and how that information will help them in “the real world.” As you explain these connections, stories will emerge and students love stories! Watch the body language of students change as…

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