Common Core

3 Reasons: Why Rapid Educational Changes Are Unlikely

While many Americans vocalize optimism for the advancement of voucher programs and Charter Schools under the potential Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, or express fear of her lack of educational experience and diminished advocacy of public schools, the ultimate authority of public education will continue to reside with local control Read More…

Vocabulary Proficiency for Younger Learners: Conversation and Engagement

“Just read!” “Memorize 100 words by Friday!” Even though most high school students miserably stare at one another just thinking about these daunting expectations in addition to every other demand of their academic work week, such dictates often reign supreme as the default vocabulary strategies of many educators and parents. Read More…

Against All Odds- An Effective SAT Essay Introductory Paragraph

Prior to the adoption of Common Core, the No Child Left Behind approach to education reigned for over a decade, “relying too heavily on standardized tests” according to many critics. One of the policy’s greatest deficits was the abandonment of writing curricula throughout the nation’s districts, charter schools, and other Read More…

Cumulative Review Part II: The Roller Coaster of Learning Styles

When last we met in “Cumulative Review Part I- Time Management and the Spacing Effect,” I discussed the the significance of reviewing educational study materials at consistent and scheduled times prior to an assessment. Developing time management strategies is the initial essential step toward bolstering learning and test scores. However, Read More…

SAT Math: Integrated Multi-step Mayhem and Reading Reinforced

  “Math is supposed to be math!” so some insist. According to these “resistance forces,” integrating or “muddling” content matter results in the unnecessary pollution of an untainted or “pure” subject, and merely confuses young test takers who are muscling their way through the brawny bearers of high standards that Read More…

Common Core- What’s the Deal?

Parents, teachers, students, and schools in California are in a state of frenzy because the questions are mounting:  What’s the deal with Common Core? What is the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)? Why weren’t we told sooner? Why are our students boycotting exams or literally throwing up because of the Read More…

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