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Beating the Block: Five Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block in Any Genre

Dr. Patricia Huston describes writer’s block as, “a distinctly uncomfortable inability to write.” Every writer feels some resistance when staring down a blank page but some authors experience near paralysis when it comes to writing. Somehow, any writer who has ever written has beaten the block. The good news is that there are ways to Read More…

The Science of Learning: Emotions Matter

                      Pause for a moment and recall a time filled with intense emotion such as anger or grief. Did you have trouble focusing? Most people struggle to learn something new when they are stressed or angry. It is not your imagination, these emotions block our Read More…

The Science of Learning: Chunk It

Our short term memory, or working memory, is limited. When kids learn something new, they challenge their working memory. Too many new pieces of information inhibit their ability to complete a task. Therefore, it is important to budget working memory and strategically manage its limitations. One strategy for achieving this is chunking. A chunk is Read More…

The Science of Learning: Making It Stick

In the past week have you forgotten anything important? I have a baby and a two year old so my list of forgotten things is quite long. I forgot to put size three diapers in the diaper bag, I forgot my son needed to go potty before his nap, and I forgot where I put Read More…

Spoiler Alert! Penny Puzzle Solution

I posted this puzzle on Facebook this past week. Can you move 3 pennies and form a triangle that points down? Here is the solution: I’m a math teacher so I love looking at different solutions and explanations. Here are some of my favorites from the comments on Facebook: You move the three points. Top Read More…