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Did you know that 90% if all student errors occur on the same ten grammatical and stylistic errors? The difference between good writers and sloppy ones is that the good ones take the time to learn these simple fixes and...
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In a move that strains credulity, California’s state universities are suspending the SAT and ACT testing requirements for its state schools for the next four years. It’s a move that’s not entirely unexpected given its two-year research initiative researching predictive...
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Anecdote to set up the big moment: Okay, I’m going to go ahead and date myself here. (I’m bald, so there’s really no hiding my age, anyway, especially in the summer, but I digress.) Let me educate you on the...
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Texting has become a routine part of communication to most subcultures in America, but it’s easy to overlook how important it is to teenagers. While to some degree it can seem like an adult “invading the clubhouse” (certainly the case...
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According to report put out by the ACT, a college testing agency, the national average in the United States for college freshman retention rate in 65.7%.  That means that roughly one third of college freshman in American colleges will not...
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The concept of flow might be the most single important element of style since cavemen picked up the chisel. I generally advise that your reader is like a dim-witted five year-old with a short attention span and little interest in...
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“If a student is unmotivated, you might as well not even teach them, because dead cats aren’t good learners.” -Probably Mark Twain Diagnosing a student’s motivation can be difficult, and yet any teacher will tell you without an understanding of...
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I often see a shortcoming in the instruction involved in integrating evidence in analytical essay in high school teaching. There is this notion that you have to have a complete sentence followed by a colon to introduce text. This understanding...
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We have three kids that are all in different orbits. The girl is almost eight: so think multiplication tables, maps of Africa, and Harry Potter. The boy is just four and is learning the alphabet and how to count to...
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At a fundamental level, it’s really simple. Your topic sentence, or first sentence of every body paragraph, should serve three basic roles: Explain concisely and clearly everything that happens in the paragraph that follows. On some level it is an...
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