Summer 2016 Online Classes

Receive personalized writing support this summer–anytime, anywhere! Choose from online classes in expository writing, creative writing, personal writing, vocabulary and grammar, and a virtual book club. Students of all ages will benefit from these customized courses that will help them hone their writing skills this summer. Please visit my workshops page for details or contact me to learn more and to register.

Making the case for later school start times

Research has long shown that teens do not perform at their best early in the morning, and now more schools are considering delaying their start times, hoping to see academic improvements as a result. In at least one school that has already done so, moving their opening bell from 7:25 to 8:35, the changes were dramatic.

The results were instantaneous, administrators say. More students showed up to school refreshed. Tardiness fell by 35 percent, and the number of Ds and Fs dropped by half.

BY HALF. That’s amazing. Hopefully more schools will soon follow suit.

Read the full Boston Globe article here.

Here’s Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter

Typing is fast.

Handwriting is slow.

Weirdly, that’s precisely why handwriting is better suited to learning.

This article makes a good argument for taking class notes the old fashioned way–and for hand written notes and flash cards being the best study tool when preparing for a test. While apps and websites like quizlet are convenient, the act of writing effectively imprints information in the brain. Handwritten notes can be a a tough sell for students though, and for those with learning disabilities writing things out by hand may not be better suited to learning, depending on the student’s learning profile. But there are other ways to apply this same concept. The idea is to be an active learner and interact with the material as much as possible. Full engagement!