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How to Improve Students’ Attitudes Towards Study Skills

September 27, 2011

Study skills have earned a bad “rap” over the years for many reasons: Students think they are “boring” because many boring things are lumped together with study skills. Students think they mean a lot of extra work because many of the “free” study skills online are very labor-intensive and time-intensive. Students think they must be…

My Radio Interview – How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

August 3, 2011

How do you avoid the “brain drain” over the summer? This is the question I was asked to explore recently on the internet radio show, “What Really Matters.” You can access the full podcast from here: The show hosts, Vicky and Jen, are women after my own heart because they focus on REAL and…

Study Skills for Adults

August 3, 2011

This week, I am tackling the topic of “Study Skills for Adults.” After attending a long and intense seminar this weekend, I put together a video summary of the best study skills I used to make the most of my weekend. The principles of efficient learning apply to ALL ages! View the video below: I…

Something Is Desperately Wrong In America!

August 3, 2011

Have you seen the following statistics? 30% = number of students dropping out of high school in the US. 40% = number of college students who have to take at least one remedial course in college. 50% = number of college students who never complete a degree. 66% = number of high school honor students…

We Are Currently Preparing Students for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist…

August 3, 2011

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, Using technologies that haven’t been invented, In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” – Karl Fisch, Did You Know When we grew up, the employment rate was fairly stable and our greatest concern was being able to perform just…

How Do We Educate Our Children to Take Their Place in the Economies of the 21st Century?

August 3, 2011

…Given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week? As a parent, I am growing increasingly worried that school will sabotage my first-grade son’s overflowing creativity and problem-solving skills. I value those traits in him more than anything else! With his “out-of-the-box” thinking, he may someday discover…

Hot Button: HOMEWORK!

August 3, 2011

I’ve been watching a curious pattern during this project. There has not been a lot of activity on the blog and I get email responses from less than 0. 5% of the subscribers on this list. However, the number of people subscribing to this list has been steadily growing, so it appears people are reading,…

A Real-Life Happy Ending… in Progress!

August 3, 2011

We hear a lot of negative stories in the world and fight a lot of negativity in our daily lives. I believe a “good story” is always welcome. Today, I would like to tell you a bit more about my former student, Carl. I had Carl as a third-grader, ten years ago. He had a…

Homework Guidelines Video

August 3, 2011

Today, I want to share a video from the Today Show that aired in August 2009. I thought it was fairly succinct and provided good points (with two minor exceptions). The video is here: It is only 4:15 long, so I hope you will take the time to watch it, but if not, here…

Homework: The Great Homewrecker!

August 3, 2011

One of the top three questions I hear from parents is, “How much homework is a reasonable amount?” Many parents are exasperated over homework battles and find that their entire family’s well-being is held captive by the volumes of homework assigned to one child. I am just entering into this Battle Zone as a parent,…

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