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Your Child's Academic Success

Excerpted from Roadblocks to Learning: Understanding the Obstacles that Can Sabotage Your Child's Academic Success By Lawrence J. Greene Academics A learning disability can undermine performance exclusively in one subject area, such as reading, or in multiple academic subjects. In most cases, the tendrils of a learning dysfunction will invade every content area. For example, dyslexic children are likely to have problems not only with deciphering

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What Will College Really Cost Me?

Excerpted from Paying for Your Child's College Education By Marguerite Smith There is an enormous and crucial difference between the official cost of a college education and the cost of that college education to you. In this chapter we will explore two trends that help explain that difference: college costs that continue to rise faster than inflation, and a basic upheaval taking place in college admissions and financial aid giving. We'll show you how you can use the sec

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The Powerful College Hook Strategy

Excerpted from The College Hook: Packaging Yourself to Win the College Admissions Game By Pam Proctor This book is your guide to the powerful packaging weapon known as the Hook-a special talent, achievement, or personal quality that will leap off the page of a college application and catch the eye of admissions officers. At a time when competition for entry to the nation's top colleges is at an all-time high-and intensifying every year-the "packaging" secrets you'll fin

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Teens Use Cell Phones To Cheat At School

By Margarita Nahapetyan A significant number of teenagers in the United States admit that they are using the Internet to cheat, according to a new national poll, conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group. The survey also found that 35 per cent of teens use their cell phones to boost test scores or school grades. Nearly 65 per cent of all teens who took part in the survey, reported that they had heard or seen other students using cellul

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Teenagers Use Caffeine To Study Better

By Margarita Nahapetyan More than 30 per cent of British teens admit that they use caffeine tablets and energy drinks in order to better study for exams, a new survey has revealed. According to the new findings, 8 out of 10 teenagers (79 per cent) who took part in the survey, have reported that they were likely to snack more and eat more junk food when revising for exams. A study by the School Food Trust also found that 25 per cent (o

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Teaching Hope

Excerpted from Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell By The Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell When I made the decision to become a teacher, I enthusiastically studied the principles of pedagogy at my university, but the moment I stepped foot in Room 203 at Wilson High School, I discovered how really unprepared I was for the difficulty of working with vulnerable teenagers. Like so many idealistic college students who watched movies about ed

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Parents and Teachers - The Central Contradiction

Excerpted from The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Andrea Brown, the founder and head teacher of a tiny Montessori school in Beach Mead on the North Shore, is unusual in her awareness and purposeful use of her early childhood experiences as a way of seeing and interpreting her work with children and their families. In her school, which serves twelve to fifteen children (in two shifts) from three to s

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Montessori: Welcoming the Newborn

Excerpted from Montessori from the Start; The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three By Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen For nine months the unborn child's environment is established for us. We have no role in its preparation beyond caring for the mother's well-being. As soon as the baby struggles from the mother's womb, however, we are faced with the task of preparing its second environment. This is our opportunity to consciously prepare for the infant's needs i

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Meet the Parents

Excerpted from The Kindergarten Wars: The Battle to Get into America's Best Private Schools By Alan Eisenstock I know that when parents visit a school, they're looking for a vibe. Well, so are we. If we don't get it, we won't accept. - a private school director of admissions Private School Expo In most cities, the kindergarten application season begins two weeks after it ends. While scores of parents are on edge, waiting

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Learning and the Brain

Excerpted from Creating Emotionally Safe Schools: A Guide for Educators and Parents By Jane Bluestein, Ph.D. Most of us begin life with the neural networks necessary for seeing, hearing, speaking and moving already in place. Along the way, we develop the networks we need to do things like read, add fractions, speak a second language, rebuild a carburetor or play the violin. How does this happen? Our brains contain about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons. These neurons

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Kindergarten Behavior Affects High School Scores

By Margarita Nahapetyan Scientists from the UC Davis Medical School and Michigan State University report that there is a link between attention problems early in school - as early as kindergarten - and lower scores on high school tests. According to a lead author of the new study, Joshua Breslau, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine and a researcher with the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health

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Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Excerpted from The Gatekeepers; Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College By Jacques Steinberg Ralph Figueroa and Sharon Merrow were sitting next to each other toward the back of the auditorium of the Harvard-Wesdake Upper School, where Sharon was now dean of the junior and senior classes. On the stage of the theater, with its Broadway-quality lighting and acoustics, Tony and Maria gazed longingly into each other's eyes. But Sharon wanted Ralph to notice anothe

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Illiteracy - Major U.S. Problem

By Margarita Nahapetyan Recently the United States Department of Education released a long-awaited federal statistics stating that more than 32 million adults in The U.S., or about 14 percent of population, have very low literacy skills. The skills are so low that some of them cannot even read anything more complicated and challenging than a simple children's book with pictures. In spite of major gains in all areas of education, illit

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How to Create an Academic Environment at Home: The Routine

Excerpted from Middle School Years: Achieving the Best Education for Your Child, Grades 5-8 By Michele A. Hernandez Children need routine in their lives, particularly in regard to doing homework and getting used to a schedule. Remember, it is always easy when they get older to allow more freedom, but while they are young, you want to mold their behavior as much as you can to teach them positive habits. Assuming your child gets home from school a

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Growing Social Injustice - The Schools We Need

Excerpted from The Schools We Need: And Why We Don't Have Them By E.D. Hirsch, Jr. It is a bitter irony that the egalitarian rhetoric of American educational orthodoxy has fostered inequality. All recent social observers in the United States have condemned the widening economic gap between rich and poor, and have noted its correlation with a gap in educational achievement. In the period from 1942 to 1966-that is, in the period before the anti-subject-matter theories of

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Facebook Active Users Have Lower GPA

By Margarita Nahapetyan If a survey of college students is to be believed, then we have to blame Facebook for significantly lower GPA (grade point averages) in young people who regularly use this social networking Web site. According to new findings by doctoral candidate and graduate teaching associate Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University and her colleague Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University, college students who express t

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Dorm, Sweet Dorm: Movie-In Day

Excerpted from The College Dorm Survival Guide: How to Survive and Thrive in Your New Home Away from Home By Julia DeVillers It's move-in day in the dorms. The smell of cleaning products mingled with move-in sweat wafts up to greet you. The halls are colorful, covered with welcoming bulletin boards and doortags. There are people saying "Hey," hallways to navigate, and your room to find. Welcome to your new home. This is

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College Admision: The Timetable Through High School

Excerpted from A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges By Michele A. Hernandez Middle School/Junior High As parents, if you know your children are able to handle the challenge and the teachers agree, select all available honors-track courses when they are offered. That way, by the time your children enter high school, they will be taking the most advanced courses. Especially in high schools t

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Children Have the Answers

Excerpted from The Pressured Child; Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life By Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Teresa Barker As a psychologist my advice is simple: If you can find a way to ask children how school is for them, they will tell you. (I hasten to add that when it comes to talking to children, it is easier being a psychologist than a parent-more on that later.) Children tell me why school is scary. They tell me when they are bored. They tell me when teach

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Children - Learning Differently

Excerpted from Ready to Learn : How to Help Your Preschooler Succeed By Stan Goldberg, Ph.D. The long brown curls became visible as tear-filled eyes peeked from behind the banjo case. My four-year-old son looked at me and tried to form words, but only quivering movements came from of his little mouth. "Justin!" I screamed, "I told you not to climb on that cabinet! Can't you ever listen to what I say? Don't you understand how dangerous that was?

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Chewing Gum Boosts Academic Performance In Teens

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the surprising findings of a new study by U.S. investigators, chewing sugarless gum during class and while doing homework can have a positive effect on academic performance in teenagers. The research was funded by the William Wrigley Jr. Co., the Chicago-based chewing gum giant. However, scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine say that this fact did not influence the study's design or its results.

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Better Than Nothing: Community College

Excerpted from Strapped: Why America's 20 and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead By Tamara Draut If you've ever spent time on any of the nation's 1,132 community college campuses, one thing you're bound to notice is the diversity of students. And I'm not talking solely about racial diversity. Today, community colleges enroll 44 percent of all undergraduates attending colleges, and the breadth of learning and the diversity of students at our community colleges is quite amazin

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Benefits Of Online Education

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new study recently released by the U.S. Department of Education, online education has definite advantages over face-to-face instruction when it comes to teaching and learning. In addition, the report, titled "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies," states that those who take "blended" courses which combine elements of both

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Attractive Appearance Affects Students' GPAs

By Margarita Nahapetyan If you have ever wondered whether physical attractiveness, grooming and personality help to get the best grades at school, you would be absolutely right. According to the new findings by the University of Miami Health Economics Research Group, all these non-cognitive traits play not the last role when it comes to the assignment of grades in high school and are more likely to indicate future success in college and labor markets. &

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Apple's iPhone Is An Addiction For Students

By Margarita Nahapetyan Apple's iPhone is addictive, says a new Stanford University survey, confirming what has long been suspected by its users. The survey was conducted involving 200 students who owned iPhones, 70 per cent of whom had had their iPhones for less than a year. The participants were asked to rate their addiction to their iPhones on a scale of one to 5, from 'not at all addicted' to 'fully addicted.' &#

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