Saturday, March 26, 2011
VOAVideo: Schoolchildren Make 1,000 Paper Cranes on Behalf of Japan Victims
Among the worldwide efforts to help the people of Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami are school children who are reaching out in various ways. VOA's Bernard Shusman visited one school in the United States that is trying to help, and teach its children empathy for the victims in Japan at the same time.
Friday, March 25, 2011
We asked 18 students about their 10-year plans. Hear the answers.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
With a goal of producing eight million additional college graduates by 2020, the Department of Education will offer states millions of dollars in incentives.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
What does it mean when a selective college announces a drop in its (expensive) prices?
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Alexandra Wallace’s YouTube video has become the subject of nationwide condemnation and the catalyst of a debate about racial intolerance and free speech.
UPDATE: US student quits over 'appalling' Japan rant news.yahoo.com
A US student whose "appalling" anti-Asian and anti-Japanese rant went viral on YouTube announced she was quitting college, after receiving death threats.
Friday, March 18, 2011
An essay prompt in some versions of the SAT administered last Saturday asked students to opine on reality television.
- For SAT Test-Takers, Is ‘The Situation’ the Right Answer? By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes The Choice Blog
- A Response to the Infamous "Reality TV" SAT Essay Prompt By Reading and Writing Tips for the SAT and ACT
Thursday, March 17, 2011
VOAVideo: Redefining Race and Ethnicity in the US
The number of young Americans with mixed race and ethnicity is rising real fast in the United States. Many are going to college helping to bridge racial and ethnic divides on campuses nationwide. VOA's Todd Grosshans takes a closer look on the campus of the University of Maryland just outside Washington DC.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Hershey High School Memory Team has won the memory championship three years straight, and three students hold overall national records.
Related Video: Total Recall
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Monday, March 14, 2011
Today is Pi Day (3.14 or March 14) and it's also Albert Einstein's 132nd birthday!
Pi Rap by sbrunvan
Celebrate Pi Day!
Pi, Greek letter (), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Room For Debate: Why Blame the Teachers? , NYTimes
Across America, teachers have become the targets of criticism and budget cuts. Do they deserve it?
- It Started With 'No Child Left Behind' Diane Ravitch
- A Policy Debate, Not an Attack Frederick M. Hess
- A Bipartisan Assault Richard D. Kahlenberg
- Talking in Circles About Teachers Michael Goldstein
- What Politicians Don't Know Molly Putnam
- Discouraging New Teachers Jeffrey Mirel
- Reforms Driven by Education Fads Pedro Noguera
- Elevate, Don't Denigrate Donna Foote
Saturday, March 12, 2011
- Wake up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.
- Eat breakfast (skip the quad latte and Red Bulll--you'll crash during the test).
- Bring Student ID
- Bring pencils, calculators, ear plugs, water, energy bar, etc.
- Leave the house early.
- Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.
During the Test
- Stand up and stretch!
- Drink water.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Don't cram for the SAT!
- Put down that box of flash cards and back away from the BLUE BOOK.
- Follow you normal Friday Night Homework routine.
- Pack all your SAT supplies (ex: CHARGED-UP calculator, pencils, check your transportation/ride, etc) before you go to bed.
- Go to bed early.
- Set you alarm to wake-up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
- Read the Prompt
- Read the Quote
- Read the Prompt again.
- Think for 1 minute (don't write).
- Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your complementary examples and connect these specific examples to BIG CONCEPTS. Organize. (2 minutes)
- Write (20 min)
- Intro Paragraph:
- Thesis plus preview of your examples (Think DEVIL'S ADVOCATE--knock out objection to your thesis in your intro).
- 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 4-7 sentences of concrete detail.
- 2 body paragraphs is acceptable, but not advisable--write as much as you can to demonstrate the mastery of your tipic.
- Transition between paragraphs.
- LAST 2 MINUTES: Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary--(replace to be/to have with stronger verbs).
Writing Section (multiple choice)
The Fist of No Error (see above and sidebar)
- Subject/Verb agreement (number)
- Tense (verb tense and aspect)
- Pronoun (number, case, antecedent)
- Adjective/Adverb (modifiers; infinitive/gerund)
- Diction (correct word ex: affect/effect;phrasal verb & correct prepostition)
- Misplaced Modifiers (modifying phrases and clauses)
- "Patterns": comparison, parallelism, list made of similar parts of speech
- Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, correlative ; also relative pronoun clauses
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Before the Test
- Check out CollegeBoard's Practice page.
- Gather all your completed SAT Practice Tests into ONE pile.
- Arrange the tests from oldest to the most recent test taken (so you can track your progress)
- Review a completed test every evening before the Night Before the SAT Test (20-45 min).
- Look-up any difficult vocabulary.
- Note the trigger words in the Sentence completion Questions.
- Note how you used POE (Process of Elimination) to get the right answers in the short, long, dual passage sections.
- Analyze your wrong answers, and adjust your POE (ex. did you consistently choose the 2nd best choice on inference or EXCEPT questions).
- Review the FIST OF NO ERROR for the Writing section and mentally check off the selections (S/V, Tense, Prononous, Adj/Adv, Diction, Misplaced Metaphors, Parallelism, Conjunctions) as you review the wrong answers.
- Compare the errors made in the Paragraph Improvement section and your own essay: Transtions? Sentences out of sequence? Too much/too little concrete detail? Delete extraneous info? etc, etc, etc...
- Re-read NYTimes The Choice Blog: For Those Withholding SAT Scores, Advice on Completing the Common Application By Jacques Steinberg
- Re-Read: To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test By PAM BELLUCK, NYTimes
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
TED Talks: Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schoolshttp://www.ted.com America's school systems are funded by the 50 states. In this fiery talk, Bill Gates says that state budgets are riddled with accounting tricks that disguise the true cost of health care and pensions and weighted with worsening deficits -- with the financing of education at the losing end.