In The Real World

In The Real World

When will I ever need this? Why would I ever need to know this? Questions like this from students are often met with an answer like, Well, when you're in the real world... Wrong answer.  This represents the loss of a great learning opportunity.  Instead of referencing some ambiguous state called the real world, educators could instead find applications with which the students can directly relate.  Merely just saying that they will need this specific piece of knowledge in some future "real world" also unnecessarily devalues the student's current lives.  Are they not living very real moments every day? So how can educators ... Read More About In The Real World

AP Program Grows

AP Program Grows

            The Advance Placement program is increasing in high schools throughout the nation, bringing more opportunities to students, according to The New York Times.             The A.P. program was originally created to allow top students to take college-level classes and earn college credit. Most high schools offer A.P. classes in a variety of different subjects. A.P. students take the A.P. exam, and they can earn college credit at most institutions with a passing score of 3, 4, or 5. The exam is scored 1-5, with 5 as the highest ... Read More About AP Program Grows

Fear Not The Dorm

Fear Not The Dorm

The thought of college elicits no response stronger than that of the dorms, and for incoming college students that response can be a fear of uncertainty.             The inevitable questions will line up with roommates, space, cleanliness, bathrooms and other floor mates. However, in reality, don’t stress yourself out about the dorms. You could be worrying about what could potentially be the best year of your life.             We will have another article dedicated solely to roommates.        &nbs ... Read More About Fear Not The Dorm

College Dining

College Dining

The college dining halls will be one of the biggest differences from your life at home.             However, different does not always live up to its awful connotation. Dining halls are not exactly filled with retired chefs and grandmas who love you, and sometimes the food is not good. However, it is part of the college experience, and it is something you will be able to overlook.             Allergies can be an issue in the dining halls. Essentially, you will not know what is possibly in whatever they may be making; so tell the work ... Read More About College Dining

Failing Is An Option

Failing Is An Option

Think back on your own schooling, and you'll realize that many classroom environments are meant to stifle failures.  If you're currently a student, you well know the embarrassment that comes if you raise your hand and offer an incorrect answer.  Students become boxed in, afraid to stretch their thinking beyond the confines that teachers have established.  However, research, and anecdotal evidence, is showing that accepting failures as part of the learning process can lead to more creative individuals who are able to apply problem solving skills to new problems.  The December issue of WIRED magazine has a nice article d ... Read More About Failing Is An Option