High Expectations: “Tough” Teachers Benefit Students

                                                                                                                 Grade inflation is very prevalent. Because grades provided by teachers are highly subjective, comparing grade point averages (GPA’s) whether from...

Active Learning Strategy: Writing vs. Typing

                                                                                                    Handwriting notes is an effective strategy for knowledge retention because writing is a cognitive process. It is one of the strategies of active learning because...

Sleep and Exams

            Exam scores benefit from months of regular sleep! This headline from the Society for Science & the Public underscores the benefit of  consistent sleep patterns. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that teens sleep 8 to 10 hours a night....

More Caveats about Screen Time

In a previous blog (November 2019), I provided a brief summary of the consequences of screen time for children. Additional research by  the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrates the alarming effects that smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices have on...

Screen Time: Negative Effects on Brain Development

                                                                                      Screens are everywhere! Whether tablets, smart phones, computers, or televisions, they appear to invade every space in the twenty-first century workplace or home.  Studies have...

ACT Policy Changes

                                                              On October 8, the ACT announced changes that will occur beginning in the fall of 2020. The three major changes will provide students with more flexibility regarding test taking and score reporting....

Synchronize with Teens’ Chronobiology

The beginning of fall heralds the semi-annual changing of the clocks. This “spring ahead, fall back” ritual has special implications for teens, whose high school classes usually begin shortly after the cocks crow. While those waiting at the bus stop before 7 am may...

The College Board’s Adversity Index

In May, the College Board announced that it would expand the use of a pilot program that provides an “adversity index” to students’ SAT scores.  The College Board has for several years been testing an “adversity index” designed to place...