Teach don’t preach: politicizing the classroom is not just wrong, it’s bad teaching

Is it the role of a teacher to impart information or to empower students with the skills needed to find information on their own? When a teacher professes a political position in a classroom, student learning suffers a short-circuit. Teachers have strong rights of expression, although courts will uphold teacher dismissal for indoctrination (see this pdf from […]

Common Core Crazy? Making sense of the viral common core math rounding problem

Perhaps you have seen the Facebook post by an angry mother who  is upset about her daughter’s Common Core-based math problem. There’s a larger lesson here, but it’s not about the Common Core. Click here for the Facebook post by Larisa Yaghoobov Settembro The problem asked was, Carole read 28 pages of a book on Monday […]

3.14: A Pi day celebration from a math idiot

Is math just for math people? Are you just not wired for math? Well, you and your math-struggling student can celebrate Pi day, too! I was awful at math in  high school. So bad, in fact, that I  didn’t qualify to take math in college. Felt great at the time, but looking back on it, […]

Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination: a presentation by Michael Bromley

From the Sycamore School Lecture Series: Parenting 21st Century Kids: On March 1, 2017  at the Arlington, VA Central Library, Michael Bromley presented: Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination Michael Bromley discusses strategies to help ourselves and our children overcome the urge to delay. Michael is a high school teacher, historian, published author and founder and president […]

How to know if your student is really learning: “If you can’t teach it you don’t know it”

We hear it all the time. Students say, “I get it when my teacher shows it to me, but I can’t do it on the test.” Then parents tell us that their child “doesn’t test well.” When children say, “I get it when my teacher shows me,” what they’re really saying is that they didn’t […]

Five tips on how to “study better” for an exam: extending memorization for brain memory and recall

When students say they don’t “test well” or that they “don’t know how to study,” parents and teachers often respond with suggestions — and criticism — to, well, just “study harder.” Great. But what does “study harder” actually mean? We can see how “studying harder” might actually work if we divide learning into the two distinct parts […]

Laptop, Tablet, or Desktop? Google Docs or Office 365? Which technology is best for high school and college?

What’s best for school, a laptop, tablet, or PC? Heading back to school always feels like a fresh start. And like a new set of clothes, getting a new device just makes you feel good. But for high school and college students, freshmen especially, the choice of technology can really impact academic performance. The wrong […]

Student web searches on why I have to do homework & how a misguided SEO program taught us a lot about students

Search engine results reveal much about ourselves, something worth reminding both teens and their parents. Not only can a search history flag a teen’s behavioral choices, such as being frustrated over grades and homework, it tells us what’s going on in general. And web searches can even predict the future, such as a Bing analysis of web searches that […]

Dan Bozzuto on Effective Teaching, Learning & Standardized Tests: Student Success Podcast no. 27

Dan Bozzuto explores the difficulties to replicate great teachers, the inherent problems with standardized testing, and some great ideas on how to address both. Part 1/2, featuring Dan Bozzuto, award winning educator and inspired classroom teacher. Dan considers my question, “are good teachers replicable?” which takes him to standardized tests and other obstacles to student learning, […]

ADD: a reminder for parents what “Attention Deficit” really means

Parents of a student who has been diagnosed with “Attention Deficit,” commonly known as “ADD” and “ADHD,” get a reminder every hour of every day that by, “attention deficit,” ADD is more than some inability to focus. Wikipedia defines “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (ADHD) as: characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behavior […]

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