Look Smart, Don’t Make Mistakes

Parents and teachers often think that praise will motivate students to achieve, but it may be doing just the opposite.   Unless you have been living under a rock for the past forty years, you have probably heard of a little thing called self-esteem.  A hot topic in parenting books, …

Should Teachers Be Evaluated Based on How Their Students Perform on the SOLs?

Are the Standards of Learning tests that students take at the end of each course meant to measure teacher performance? Should they be used this way? They might be this year.   This coming school year many Virginia teachers may be welcomed back to their classrooms with the news that …

Tax Free Weekend…A Great Time to Buy School Supplies for Your Children and Those in Need!

Tax free weekend is a great time save a little money on school supplies for your children and those in need. Here are some tips on what items are tax free this weekend.   (http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=SchoolSuppliesAndClothingHoliday), the sales tax holiday is coming up this weekend August 3rd- 5th.  During this three …

Should Your Student Be Preparing for the SAT Now?

If your student is a high school senior, the answer is definitely yes!   The season for taking the SAT test is fast approaching, and preparations should start now.  I know what you’re thinking: It’s still summer, we have time, or we’ll start on that once the school year begins. However, adequately preparing …