Saturday, March 26, 2011

Schoolchildren Make 1,000 Paper Cranes on Behalf of Japan Victims



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

Interactive Feature: High-School Seniors Predict Their Future

Interactive Feature: High-School Seniors Predict Their Future, Photographs by DANIELLE LEVITT. Interviews by JENNIFER COLLINS.
NYTimes

We asked 18 students about their 10-year plans. Hear the answers.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Diplomas and Uncertainty for Japanese Pupils

Diplomas and Uncertainty for Japanese Pupils By MICHAEL WINES, NYTimes

For parents and teachers, holding graduation celebrations under the circumstances was an act of will.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Incentives Offered to Raise College Graduation Rates

Incentives Offered to Raise College Graduation Rates By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes

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

Fixing No Child Left Behind



wh.gov: Fixing No Child Left Behind

President Obama lays out his plan to fix No Child Left Behind and reform American education in remarks during a visit to Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, VA. March 14, 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Let Kids Rule the School

Let Kids Rule the School By SUSAN ENGEL, NYTimes Op-Ed Contributor

Eight teens were given the chance to create their own curriculum, and the results have been transformative.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cutting Tuition: A First Step?


Cutting Tuition: A First Step? NYTimes Room For Debate Blog

What does it mean when a selective college announces a drop in its (expensive) prices?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

U.C.L.A. Student’s Video Rant Against Asians Fuels Firestorm

U.C.L.A. Student’s Video Rant Against Asians Fuels Firestorm By IAN LOVETT, NYTimes

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

SAT’s Reality TV Essay Stumps Some

SAT’s Reality TV Essay Stumps Some By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes

An essay prompt in some versions of the SAT administered last Saturday asked students to opine on reality television.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Redefining Race and Ethnicity in the US



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

Half the Game Is Mental; So Is the Other Half

Half the Game Is Mental; So Is the Other Half by John Branch, NYTimes

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

Happy Pi Day! Happy Einstein Day!


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?

Room For Debate: Why Blame the Teachers? , NYTimes

Across America, teachers have become the targets of criticism and budget cuts. Do they deserve it?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy SAT!

Ready for the Test!
Day of the Test:
  • 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

"Twas the Night Before the SAT


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

SAT March 2011 Countdown: 2


Essay:

  • 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.

  • Conclusion.

  • 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

Improving Sentences

Improving Paragraphs

Identifying Sentence Errors

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SAT March 2011 Countdown: 3


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...
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  • 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

Happy International Women's Day

Join Us on the Bridge on March 8th

Join women on bridges around the world on Interntional Women's Day, March 8th. You can join existing events or create your own. See you on the bridge! www.google.com/iwd2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools



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.