Long-term study on exercise improving kids' cognitive skills

There have been quite a few short-term studies on exercise and improved cognitive skills, but these researchers wanted a long-term study that proved causation (not just association). So they went to an elementary school and recruited 220 kids between 8 and 9. (This is thought to be an important age because it's when the brain "experiences a leap" in executive function.)...more

Making The Grade?

Sally has homework about 3 times a week.  She tends to struggle with it.  She also does poorly on her assessments and has to make test corrections.  At the end of the grading period, Sally brings home her report card and has a shining B average.  Her parents are so proud of her for bringing up her grade.  But Sally stands in amazement because she doesn't understand how her grade improved.  She still does not understand the concepts they are learning in class.  So what's wrong with this situation?...more

Why Good Grades Don't Matter as Much as You Think

When I went to school, it was all about getting good grades. I complied. I graduated at the top of everything. Yet, when I entered the work world, very little of that mattered. A career is a whole different ball of wax that standard education doesn't really prepare you for. Christine of The Dirty 30s has a really fascinating take on why good grades aren't everything. She says, ...more
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Bedtime Motivational Tactics for Good Grades

A few weeks back, the husband and I resorted to some new tactics in the battle over grades with our middle schoolers. Here's what we came up with:...more

Why is My Son Acting Like Such a Teenager?

I am at my wit's end with my 14-year-old-son. It seems that I am more concerned about his grades than he is. When I ask him about his grades, I get the blank look, even though he's floating 3 Ds! He has missing assignments, zeros, etc. I have taken his phone away, pulled TV out of the wall, and even put his mattress on the floor. He does great for a couple weeks, but then it's back to missing assignments again. I am constantly beating myself up wondering where the hell I went wrong. Am I too involved, am I not involved enough? Am I trying to wear too many hats? Do I bring out monster mommy or June freakin' Cleaver? Any suggestions greatly appreciated. ...more
My now 19 yo son was a pretty lazy student in high school. Coupled with ADHD and a lively ...more

Hello, My Name is________: Does Your Name Affect Your Life?

What's In a Name? Have you ever fantasized about having a different name? Would your life be different with a different name?...more

It's A Recession, Can You Afford An A Student?

Unlike my sisters and my brother, I looked forward to bringing home my report card every marking period. A great report card to me, meant more money in my pockets. Every "A" I received was worth $5, every "B" was worth $3, and anything below that was worth a big goose egg! So to say that I strived every marking period to gain "A"s in every subject was an understatement. It wasn't even something that I had to work that hard towards either.  Academics were something I never struggled with as a kid, but my siblings on the other hand, were complete opposites. ...more

Do you pay for grades?

I remember once in my youth, I must have been about 11 or so, sitting on a schoolbus listening to two boys talking in the seat in front of me.  One of them was showing off a wad of cash. "Thirty-three dollars, man," he said proudly.  "It's 'cause of the 2 A's and the 2 B's that I got.  My parents are so excited." I couldn't contain myself. "Your parents give you money for your grades?" I asked, interrupting them. ...more

So first, I feel not-so-smart for taking five mintues to figure two A's and two B's is ...more

A Dollar for Every Perfect Test Score

You can put me squarely into the category of “overachieving Asian”, thanks to my parents' policy of paying me a dollar for every perfect “100” I scored on a test.  Anything less and I would get nothing.  Pay for grades?  Does that actually work?  In my case it seemed to. ...more

The idea of striving for continuous improvement is one that everyone should embrace. There ...more