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Notes from the Frontlines of Bringing Up Girls

Notes from the Frontlines of Bringing Up Girls | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

I am committed to seeing my daughters as individual people, not limited to their gender, but not disconnected from it either. This is tough. I seek to respect my children’s autonomy and privacy, to trust their power and to keep talking with them, even when it makes all of us uncomfortable.

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Spatial training boosts math skills

Spatial training boosts math skills | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Training young children in spatial reasoning can improve their math performance, according to a groundbreaking study.
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Kids of Tiger Moms Get Worse Grades and Are More Depressed

Kids of Tiger Moms Get Worse Grades and Are More Depressed | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
When Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother came out in 2011, it sparked  controversy among many people but especially psychologists and experts in  child development.
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The Science of Success

The Science of Success | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care.
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Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy

Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
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How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that make a difference? In this article, educator and writer Linda Booth Sweeney points out that thinking about systems means paying attention to the interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics that surround us – and that children are naturally attuned to this. In cultivating systems literacy, you build upon this natural understanding to help promote this integrated way of thinking for the children in your life.

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Teaching teens that people can change reduces aggression in school

In eight studies involving more than 1,600 diverse 8th-10th grade students, researchers show that teenagers who believe people can't change react more aggressively to a peer conflict than those who think people can change.
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The Kids Are Not Alright: Stop Measuring Them All the Time

As a psychologist, Madeline Levine has seen firsthand how children today are unraveling under pressure. In order to "succeed," children take stimulants to study or cheat regularly to maintain their...
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Children's complex thinking skills begin before going to school

Children's complex thinking skills begin before going to school | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
New research reveals that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4 ½.
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Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research.
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The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 16, 2012 2:47 AM

one of the holy trails of teaching is creating self directed learners. This article discusses some ways to build this.

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Violent video games: More playing time equals more aggression

Violent video games: More playing time equals more aggression | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A new study provides the first experimental evidence that the negative effects of playing violent video games can accumulate over time.

Researchers found that people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played. Meanwhile, those who played nonviolent games showed no meaningful changes in aggression or hostile expectations over that period.
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How do you deal with the issue of video games containing violence in your house?

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SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations

SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Julia Hum/Educreations: One of the biggest, fastest shifts in ed tech the last couple years has been the evolution from the use of large interactive whiteboards to the use of mobile, agile multi-purpose apps.

Currently, there are at least six products, all competing to become teachers’ favorite. Replay Note, ScreenChomp, ShowMe, DoodleCast Pro, Knowmia, Explain Everything and Educreations all offer teachers the ability to record the visual and audio components of a “whiteboard” lesson on their iPads, and share it online.


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With the push to iPads, apps like Educreations are bringing out the teacher in all our students. Do these new apps make a case for the Smartboard? Or do apps like Nearpod make it obsolete? 

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Baby's health is tied to mother's value for family

Baby's health is tied to mother's value for family | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

The value that an expectant mother places on family -- regardless of the reality of her own family situation -- predicts the birthweight of her baby and whether the child will develop asthma symptoms three years later, according to new research.

 

The findings suggest that one's culture is a resource that can provide tangible physical health benefits.

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In Sweden, Playtime Goes Gender-Neutral

In Sweden, Playtime Goes Gender-Neutral | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

That vision of gender-neutrality in toy-buying is coming to life in Sweden, where Top-Toy Group, a licensee of the Toys "R" Us brand, has published a gender-blind catalog for the Christmas season.

On some pages, girls brandish toy guns and boys wield blow-dryers and cuddle dolls. Top-Toy, a privately-held company, published 12 million catalogs and owns the BR Toys chain, with 303 stores in Northern Europe.

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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
New research suggests that American schoolchildren are becoming less creative.
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Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence

Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
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Why You Truly Never Leave High School

Why You Truly Never Leave High School | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects.
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Child development: The right kind of early praise predicts positive attitudes toward effort

Toddlers whose parents praised their efforts more than they praised them as individuals had a more positive approach to challenges five years later.
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More evidence that driving kids to school isn’t helpful

Quick heads-up for another Sarah Goodyear article in the Atlantic, discussing research showing an association between exercise on the way to school with ability to concentrate. She refers to a survey of nearly 20,000 Danish children and young people aged between five and 19. That’s quite a handy sample:

‘It found that kids who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school.’

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Early vocab lessons are too elementary

Early vocab lessons are too elementary | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

"Vocabulary instruction does not seem to have an important enough role in the curricula given how substantial it is for kids' long-term academic success," says lead researcher Tanya Wright. She says teachers should present more than 10 vocabulary words every week—not just in reading class but across all subject areas including math, science, and social studies.

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Diet, parental behavior and preschool can boost children's IQ

Diet, parental behavior and preschool can boost children's IQ | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Supplementing children's diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child's intelligence, according to a new report.
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Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children

Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research.
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Beyond Blended Teaching to Self-blended Learning

Blended learning is a powerful and promising strategy, but what happens when we flip the blended learning model and think of it from the self-directed learning and the student-centered learning perspective? What happens when students choose what and how to blend?
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Just 28% of young people read either online or conventional newspapers each day

A study at the Jaume I University in Castellón has verified the decrease in press consumption among young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years, which now stands at 28.8%. What is more, three out of every four individuals within this age bracket use social networking sites more than the television to get up to date.

News consumption habits among young people have changed radically in recent years. Since the beginning of the 21st century, various studies have indicated a decrease in readership of printed newspapers along with a constant fall in young readers.
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3 Gifts To Get Girls Interested In Engineering

3 Gifts To Get Girls Interested In Engineering | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

It’s never been easy being a female in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Part of the problem is the dearth of females in these fields--a problem that begins early on in school when girls are discouraged from pursuing them. A crop of programs have popped up to change the ratio of girls in STEM, including Girls Who Code and SMU’s Engineering Camp For Girls. But why not give interested young girls a chance to explore the world of science and engineering at home--even if they’re not interested in K’NEX and Erector sets? (And yes, we know that plenty of girls are interested in those things). We’ve come up with a handful of gifts designed for the girl geek in your life.

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Infants learn to look and look to learn: Model explains crucial links among looking, learning, and memory

Infants learn to look and look to learn: Model explains crucial links among looking, learning, and memory | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Researchers have explained how infants learn by looking, and the crucial role these activities play in how infants gain knowledge.

In a new paper, the psychologists contend that infants create knowledge by looking at and learning about their surroundings. The activities should be viewed as intertwined, rather than considered separately, to fully appreciate how infants gain knowledge and how that knowledge is seared into memory.

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