What lessons did we learn today from Ahmed Mohamed?

What lessons did we learn today from Ahmed Mohamed?
I started my School Zone blog to promote positive messages in the field of education, support worthy causes, and to add to the publicity for museums and family oriented organizations. This post goes off mission. If you haven’t heard the story by now, a 9th grade engineering class student was handcuffed, brought to juvenile detention,... Read more »

Free Child Admission at MSI in February- Sweet Deal!

Free Child Admission at MSI in February- Sweet Deal!
Readers of School Zone know that I have a special place in my heart for the Museum of Science and Industry!  I have many terrific childhood memories of visits to this place, and have brought my own children there many times.  When they have special programs or offerings going on, I am happy to spread... Read more »

Super Bowl Fans- Have you heard about the Science Cheerleaders?

Super Bowl Fans- Have you heard about the Science Cheerleaders?
Today’s the Super Bowl and of course everyone is focused on the New England Patriots and the Seattle Sea Hawks, but I recently learned of another reason to tune in- The Science Cheerleaders. Last night on NBC Nightly News, a story caught my attention when the reporter asked who will be the smartest person at... Read more »
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ACT Prep Author Discusses Advantages of Hiring a Tutor (Part 2)

ACT Prep Author Discusses Advantages of Hiring a Tutor (Part 2)
Readers, this is the second of a two part post regarding preparing for the ACT Test. If you haven’t read the other posts, be sure not to miss them. Start with my book review of  Up Your ACT Score:  The Underground Guide, One of the Best Books for ACT Prep  Then, part 1 – ACT Prep... Read more »

One of the Best Books for ACT Prep

One of the Best Books for ACT Prep
ACT prep can be overwhelming. Such a big task makes it difficult for some students to begin. Teens tend to have busy schedules filled with sports, part-time jobs, volunteering, clubs and activities not to mention, homework. Budgeting time for studying is a must. Last year, I expanded my tutoring business to include ACT prep. I... Read more »

ACT Prep Author Offers Hilarious but Truthful Study Tips (Part 1)

ACT Prep Author Offers Hilarious but Truthful Study Tips (Part 1)
In a previous post, One of the Best Books For ACT Prep,  I introduced readers to a great resource I use in tutoring students for the ACT.  I liked the book so much, I wanted to contact the author. Chris Arp’s responses were so entertaining and informative, I published them as is- for all to... Read more »
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Students Explore STEM Jobs at the Museum of Science and Industry

What do you want to be when you grow up? Nearly everyone agrees that the future of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics- or STEM as they are often referred to – look extremely promising. Students with a curiosity to learn how the science and math they take at school could translate into a... Read more »

National Day on Writing Has Special Meaning This Year

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  Today is National Writing Day.  It has special meaning this year in District 26, as it has been dedicated to the memory of an exceptional teacher- Pat Sylvester.   This well-loved teacher passed away after losing her battle with cancer last year.  In her honor, the writing day has been renamed Sylvester’s Symposium of Writing.... Read more »

How To Get Your Teen to Read for the Fun of It- During Teen Read Week

How To Get Your Teen to Read for the Fun of It- During Teen Read Week
Getting teens to read can be a huge challenge.  Many teens complain they have so much required reading for school that they just don’t enjoy reading for fun. Their free time is filled with sports, work, and activities.   When they have downtime, reading can’t compete with the draw of a video game or social media... Read more »
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The Art of Learning: "It's Complicated"

The Art of Learning: "It's Complicated"
When the suggested topic, “the art of learning” appeared on Chicago Now’s series of This Blogger Life, I knew I couldn’t possibly run a blog entitled School Zone without participating in the subject.  What to write on such a wide topic? I’ve got many thoughts and opinions about learning.  I’ve taken many teaching theory and... Read more »
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