Category Archives: Educational Practices

Part 2, Class of 2017: Should I Take The Current or Redesigned SAT?

In Part 1, Should I Take The Current or Redesigned SAT, we provided helpful tips to understand the difference between the current and redesigned SAT as well as ACT test to benefit the Class of 2017. Part 2 will detail … Continue reading

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Should I Take the ACT or SAT?

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is “should I take the ACT”? I always tell juniors that they should try both the SAT and the ACT.  Even if you do not take an official test, you should … Continue reading

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Learning about Autism

Many people have had their awareness of autism raised by the media, a family member, or a member in their community. As more and more people become familiar with autism, it is important that we all be educated. On this … Continue reading

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More Education Equals Better Blood Pressure?

For those of you thinking about whether to continue your education after high school, things may soon become clearer. A new study shows a link between higher education and lower blood pressure. And females, take note. The link is more … Continue reading

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The Students Are in Trouble

It’s bad news on the science front—at least when it comes to education. Two-thirds of United States fourth graders were not proficient in science in 2009. The situation wasn’t much better for older students.  Seventy percent of eighth-graders and 79 … Continue reading

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Is Standardized Testing Doing Its Job?

Standardized testing: Children fear it. Adults wonder about it. Officials support it. But is it effective? According to Todd Farley’s recent article on The Huffington Post, that answer is “no way.” Farley is the author of Making the Grades: My … Continue reading

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South Carolina Survey Shenanigans

You may recall that in a previous blog post we discussed the benefits of single-gender classrooms. Well, an article over at slate.com tackles the subject as well. Only this one is focused on debunking the seemingly fantastic news coming from … Continue reading

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Reducing Class Size: Not So Cut and Dry

Class sizes are booming across the country, but not everybody agrees that obese classrooms are a bad thing. According to Education Week (www.edweek.org), the average number of students per classroom is inching its way up as school districts struggle to … Continue reading

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More Proof About Sleep Benefits

We have written before about the benefits of sleep for students. Now a new study further demonstrates how sleep can be helpful in learning. An article in Business Week talks about a recent study in which volunteers were given words … Continue reading

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Pay for Performance

It’s not a novel idea – paying teachers for how well they teach – but it has taken a long time to catch on in the public school system. Prince William County is the latest to adopt the move. Prince … Continue reading

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