Return of the One Room Schoolhouse?

Virtual learning has become the norm during school closures. Children are isolated at home with little or no interaction with classmates and friends. Most schools remain closed, with few plans to reopen soon, continuing to offer only remote or hybrid forms of...

Vocabulary Study: The Imaging Method

My  previous blog stressed  the importance of vocabulary acquisition and called for a return of intentional vocabulary study.  One of the key indicators of students’ success in school, on standardized tests, and indeed, in life, is their vocabulary.  The focus...

How Important is Vocabulary Study?

Vocabulary is an integral part of literacy.  A good vocabulary promotes comprehension and communication. Vocabulary size predicts comprehension. According to W.B Elley, Emeritus professor of Education, Vocabulary is the best single indicator of intellectual ability...

College Board Changes SAT AGAIN!

The College Board, makers of the SAT, recently announced significant changes effective in the spring: The optional essay will disappear, and Subject Tests will no longer be offered. These changes are the latest in a series of alterations in the test that have occurred...

Student engagement in the Time of Corona

Keeping students interested and curious when they are learning is a challenging task under “normal” in-person class situations. So engaging them when they participate in a virtual classroom can be daunting. When students are present, providing opportunities for...

Opportunity from Adversity-2.0

                                        The pandemic has had a devastating effect on American students and the entire education system. In a previous blog in the spring, I discussed that this devastating turn of events with the virus could be viewed as a possibility...

The Challenge: Caring in the Virtual Classroom

One of the foundational elements of  effective teaching is personal interactions with students. As John Maxwell advised, “Children don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.” In a thoughtful discussion of making distance learning less remote, ...