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...

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...