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Helping children get the best from stress

Helping children get the best from stress

March 22, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

There’s a music video in my head that hasn’t been created yet. The late David Bowie and the legendary, nuanced rock band Queen had an iconic collaborative song with a hyper-thumping bass line later sampled by the infamous Vanilla Ice. You know what song I am talking about. In my video, a camera pans across […]

Graduation: Focusing on the endgame

Graduation: Focusing on the endgame

January 14, 2014 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

It’s a serious problem. Every year, nearly one-third of high school students across the nation will not graduate – that’s more than 1.2 million students a year. In New York State, the numbers are better, with 74 percent of students graduating. But those numbers aren’t nearly good enough, not for the children whose opportunities are […]

Choosing high school courses – a little bit puzzle, a little bit road map, a lot of strategy

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: High School

There has been a lot of discussion lately among high school students regarding course selection. “Should I take a harder, more challenging course, or one that I know I can do well in?” “Will a college think I wanted to slack off senior year if I take certain electives?” “Should I take a variety of […]

Are good grades contagious?

March 6, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

Whom your child hangs out with can have an effect on the grades he or she gets in school. At least that’s the finding of a new study recently published in the online journal PLOS One. The research suggests that the grades of friends rise or fall toward the average of their social circle over […]

A test already? We just started this class!

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

There’s been lots of talk about tests around the dinner table this week. The general consensus is that our children don’t like to take tests when they don’t know the answers. They’ve been taking one or more “pre-tests,” new this year as part of New York state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), new rules that […]

5 things I wish I knew before graduating from high school

June 13, 2012 | Posted in: High School

Summer is a perfect time for teenagers to hone important life skills that will serve them well beyond high school. This week, Capital Region BOCES Communications summer intern Ean Dunn shares the first of an occasional contribution with insights from experience he’s gained as a college student. As a current college student, there are many […]

Will Angry Birds really teach my kids principles of physics?

May 11, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

In this age of digital distraction, parents who use the apps on their smartphones and iPads to occupy their children while they are running errands, on the phone or doing any number of tasks are less likely to feel guilty if the apps are educational. This revelation comes from a small study we came across […]

Learning is all about style

January 17, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Any child who’s a fan of the Disney television show “Hannah Montana” has likely seen the episode in which Hannah (Miley Cyrus) sings “The Bone Dance Song.” It’s a song she made up to help her remember the skeletal system for a science test. Singing is a great way to remember information, but that doesn’t […]