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...

Erudition: How important is Vocabulary?

 Vocabulary refers to the words we must understand to communicate effectively. Educators often consider four types of vocabulary: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.   The average teenager has about 3,000 words in his vocabulary. However, in 2016 researchers...

The “Old McDonald” Approach to Teaching

Teaching, a crucial profession, entrusts educators with developing not only their students’ academic skills but their interpersonal competence as well. Few experiences rival a teacher’s excitement witnessing the expansion of minds eager to learn. It is a truism that...