Friday, June 29, 2012

Sadlier-Oxford Level G Units 04, 05, 06 Word Search Puzzle

Sadlier-Oxford Level G Units 04, 05, 06 Word Search Puzzle

Vocabulary words from Sadlier-Oxford Level G Units 04, 05, 06. 20 words per unit.

60 words appear in the puzzle.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science

Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science by By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, NYTimes

Can the MCAT identify that ethereal mix of scientist, humanist and spiritualist that makes a good doctor?

Monday, June 25, 2012

The College Graduate as Collateral

The College Graduate as Collateral By LUIGI ZINGALES, NYTimes Investors could finance students’ education with equity, not debt. In exchange, investors would receive a fraction of students’ future income.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Those 857 Desks? A Message for the Candidates

Those 857 Desks? A Message for the Candidates By ADESHINA EMMANUEL by NYTimes

 The College Board has put 857 desks on the National Mall in Washington to represent the 857 high school students who drop out every hour of every school day.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tipping Point Reading Guide

Tipping Point Reading Guide (look on the right side of the page for each chapter)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sadlier-Oxford Level G Units 01, 02, 03

Sadlier-Oxford Level G Units 01, 02, 03 Word Search Puzzle

Vocabulary words from Sadlier-Oxford Level G Units 01, 02, 03. 20 words per unit.

The 59 of 60 words appear in the puzzle. (**Reconnaissance not included)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

MUST READ: Malcolm Gladwell

Teacher Jennifer's comment: Although I don't agree with every word he writes, Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite essayists. My SAT CR/Wr prep and American Literature classes are currently studying Gladwell's article Examined LifeWhat Stanley H. Kaplan taught us about the SAT. Here are some more links for further reading.



TED: Malcolm Gladwell: What we can learn from spaghetti sauce

http://www.ted.com Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

MUST READ: Examined LifeWhat Stanley H. Kaplan taught us about the SAT
  • Note: Gladwell's article was published 2001. March 2005, CollegeBoard addressed some of the UC system's concerns by re-organizing the test, deleting the analogy section and incorporating the Essay section. But Gladwell's conclusion that dilligent study and parental participation makes the "difference' remains valid.
An exerpt from Chapter Two of The Tipping Point: Are you a connector?
  • The central role that three personality types--that I call Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen-- play in social epidemics. In this excerpt, Gladwell describes a simple test that anyone can take to tell whether they fall into the first of those categories, the Connector.
An exerpt from the Intro of Blink: The Second Mind
An excerpt from Chapter Eight of Outliers: Rice Paddies and Math Tests
  • "No one who can rise before dawn three hundred and sixty days a year fails to make his family rich."

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Algorithm Didn’t Like My Essay

The Algorithm Didn’t Like My Essay By RANDALL STROSS, NYTimes
 Sophisticated software holds promise for making the grading of student essays more efficient — and it wouldn’t entirely replace human teachers.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill By ALAN SCHWARZ, NYTimes At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse stimulants. In Their Own Words: 'Study Drugs'