Benefits of Writing

Writing and thinking are inextricably intertwined. Writing is a cognitive process that provides benefits aside from communicating coherently. Recent research demonstrates that writing can reduce test anxiety, assist in learning, and boost self esteem. One of the...

College Board’s “Adversity Score”

                                                            According to David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, “It isn’t fair to look at test scores alone.” Hence, the testing organization is expanding the use of a little publicized...

The “Recipe” for Instilling Intrinsic Motivation in Students

Intrinsic motivation, the type that emanates from an internal drive rather than an external one, empowers an individual to persist in any endeavor. An elite athlete training for the Olympics, or a classical pianist preparing for an international competition can...

Changing the Academic Calendar

Why does the American public school system adhere to a 180 day calendar? Why do high school students begin their day earlier than elementary students? Can changes to the school day and calendar effect substantial changes in academic outcomes? When America was an...

Elements of Creativity

      Specific characteristics of the creative individual appear to be disparate and elusive.  Creativity takes many different forms, so attempting to define it can be an exercise in futility.  Does a creative artist display the same characteristics as...

Writing: A Significant Factor in Cognitive Skills

The importance of teaching and supporting handwriting has implications reaching far beyond the elementary classroom. Teaching handwriting in the early grades can stimulate small motor coordination. Virginia Berninger, a researcher and professor of educational...

Active Reading and SQ3R

In 1946, an American experimental psychologist, Francis Robinson, published a book called Effective Study.  He delineated a method to improve reading comprehension: SQ3R. His goal was to help military personnel become better learners. The abbreviation provides the...