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Keeping Your Youngster Organized for School

March 17, 2017

Of all the educational skills needed for success, organization is perhaps the most important

Doing well in school takes hard work. There are just so many skills involved. You have to know how to study, how to write papers, how to take notes -- the list is mighty long. But one skill that often gets overlooked is organization; just keeping everything properly sorted.


The good folks at WikiHow created a detailed how-to guide that will help every student. How detailed? Very detailed! It even includes a section on keeping one’s locker organized:


Clean out your locker. If you have a locker, it may get messy. See if the school will allow you to bring in a shelf. That way, you can put books, extra papers or supplies on one and keep them away from your other things. But before you install that shelf, rip up all the papers you don't need so they won't be copied

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Tips For High School Volunteering

March 2, 2017

There might be more high school volunteering options than you realize

It’s not at all unusual for high schoolers to volunteer their time in their community. It’s a great way to contribute positively to the world, not to mention meet new people and explore career options. And of course it also looks great on a college application. But there can be so much more to volunteering than most people realize.


Just looking at the federal government, there are a great many volunteer possibilities. You can receive disaster training from FEMA, or at your local VA, or even with the Secret Service. There’s a handy search engine to help find opportunities.


Many professional associations, such as the American Dental Association or the many medical associations related to faith, speciality or local community, have opportunities. You can volun

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Changes In the Works For Standardized Testing

February 16, 2017

Standardized testing is almost universal in America, but moves are afoot to gradually phase it out in favor of the ACT and SAT

Standardized testing has become almost universal in public schools from coast to coast as school boards have sought to find ways of ensuring teachers and learners are getting the biggest bang for their educational buck. It has created problems, however, as testing can often crowd learning time out of the classroom.


Various alternatives pop up from time to time, but as with all educational reforms change happens slowly. An interesting idea, however, is slowly gaining momentum in Florida -- replacing state-based standardized tests with the ACT or SAT exams.


Key state senators have said this year they plan to push a bill — though it isn’t filed yet — to reduce testing in public schools. Their proposal, they said, likely would allow a swap of the ACT or SAT fo

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Are video games bad for kids?

February 2, 2017

Video games are incredibly popular, but are they harmful? Researchers still aren't sure.

It’s a debate that’s been around ever since the first home gaming consoles began to appear in the 1970s. Before that, people worried whether pinball was destroying the lives of young people (although it’s a bit hard to take that one too seriously today).


For as long as folks have been gaming and other folks have been worrying about the effects of those games on the brains of youngsters, psychologists and others have been studying the issue. In other words, we now have around 40 years of research to paint a picture of just what’s going on.


Sadly, the picture, even after all these years, remains mixed, which itself is pretty interesting. The truth is, both positive and negative effects of gaming have been found. However, while there are known negative

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Helping students juggle sports and schoolwork

January 25, 2017

High school sports can place a lot pf pressure on student schedules, but it can all run smoothly

Balancing school, sports and life


It can be very hard for a young person to devote all the time necessary to get done all that needs doing, especially when they’re heavily involved in student sports. Fortunately, with some planning, ex-marine and current high school coach Jeanne Goodes says it can be done:


Use a big desk calendar for school and sports. Write down all due dates for schoolwork, projects, and papers. Write down all sports practices and games. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections.


It’s also critically important to stay on top of everything -- indeed, if possible, to stay ahead of schoolwork and other tasks:


Whether this pertains to homework, schoolwork, grades, or sports practices, it is easier to stay ahead of scho

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Twitter for Tutoring?

January 12, 2017

How to use Twitter while tutoring students

What is Twitter?

Most teens have heard about and most possibly use Twitter already. As an online social networking and microblogging platform, it allows users to communicate using messages of up to 140 characters from a computer or mobile device. Millions use it to keep abreast of a variety of topics.

Is it Good for Learning?

Twitter can help encourage and grow communication skills. Distilling what you want to say down to only 140 characters is not as easy as some might believe. Critical thinking and writing skills need to be engaged to effectively communicate using twitter. Keeping up with the fast pace conversations and trying to answer a question in one sentence encourages children to focus on the key points.

How to Use it…

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