School’s Out – Reflections on the Lessons Learned

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Thinking back, what did you learn? As the school year finishes up, we’re tempted to just hit the door and run as fast as we can. Teachers do this, kids do it, and parents do it as well. Now that every year ends with relentless test preparation followed by hours upon hours of filling in…

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Don’t just play video games… Make them

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Video games. They’re controversial, and they’re also something that kids love. Psychologist Dr. Isabela Granic has long studied video game use in children and adolescents, and has come to the conclusion that interacting in a video game world can have real world benefits (Bowen 2014). According to Granic, both complex strategic games (Legend of Zelda)…

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4 Not-boring ways to prevent summer slide


The first few weeks of June bring the last few weeks of school and the tantalizing lazy days of childhood spent in expectation-less freedom. While teachers and students are very much ready to let go of the rigors of the school year, especially after testing, parents are already thinking about how to keep their children from…

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Pack it in this summer – opportunities for students


l Summer is a time of endless possibilities! But, it’s easy to squander this time away and before you know it, “back to school” is everywhere. Take time to play and relax this summer, but also take advantage of this uninterrupted time to do or learn something new. l We’ve found that you can easily…

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Splurge or Save? Get the Most out of Summer


How can you get the most out of your summer, and get the most value for your money? Summer camps are a classic way to entertain and enrich children during the summer, but there are so many options out there that it can be a little overwhelming. Add to that the question of whether a…

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WIN tickets to your favorite band

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Our winner is Ashley P! Have fun at the concert! -this contest is now closed- What’s your favorite band? 1D, 5SOS, Taylor? Maybe it’s Maroon 5 or Ariana Grande? What if you could win tickets to one of these bands? Well, you can! We’re giving away a $200 Ticketmaster gift card so you can get…

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Is passion misunderstood?

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The point that is missed in The New York Times article entitled, “Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids”. Lisa Heffernan made an important point in last week’s NYT article about passion: overzealous parents often take the concept way too far, and the search for a passion becomes a high pressure quest for the…

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Working Memory – Why It’s More Important than IQ


We tend to think that the key to doing well in school is being smart, but that’s not really true. Academic success is about more than just being brainy. In fact, studies show us that students who have a more developed working memory are actually better performers in school than those children who have a…

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Your kids’ success begins with one small thing


It was only one small thing. Yet from that one small thing, stemmed entry into a national competition, interviews with dozens of media outlets, TEDx talks, and lots of other benefits. That one small thing seemed completely irrelevant to me; it was just a mundane activity that my classroom had to do, yet four years…

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Yes, they really said that: unbelievable, outrageous, and raw essays from students who got into their dream colleges


It pays to be real when writing college essays. We mothers of college-bound students like to pretend we’re working overtime to get our young scholars into their dream colleges and universities. Sure, there’s a lot of hovering, gentle prodding and oversight to be done so all the deadlines are met. But let’s face it; we are only witnesses…

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