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Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
At a recent talk for special education teachers at the Los Angeles Unified School District, child development professor Maryanne Wolf urged educators to say the word dyslexia out loud.

“Don’t ever succumb to the idea that it’s going to develop out of something, or that it’s a disease,” she recalled telling teachers. “Dyslexia is a different brain organization that needs different teaching methods. It is never the fault of the child, but rather the responsibility of us who teach to find methods that work for that child.”

Wolf, who has a dyslexic son, is on a mission to spread the idea of “cerebrodiversity,” the idea that our brains are not uniform and we each learn differently. Yet when it comes to school, students with different brains can often have lives filled with frustration and anguish as they, and everyone around them, struggle to figure out what is wrong with them.

Via John Evans, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Hate Math? Then Your Kid Might Fail

Hate Math? Then Your Kid Might Fail | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
No matter how many hours you spend helping your teen with his math homework, he’s unlikely to succeed unless you actually love math, according to a new study in Child Development. Researchers surveyed 1,500 ninth-grade students and their families and found that teens with “engaged but unmotivated” parents—those who are happy to help with homework but report limited interest in the material—tend to do worse on math exams than students with aloof parents who love math but seldom help.

Students succeeded when “families were interested in math and perceived their own math competence to be high, regardless of their amount of academic involvement,” said co-author Isabelle Häfner, in a press release. On the other hand “helicopter moms can impair their child’s performance if they are not themselves interested in the subject.”

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5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Browse a curated list of resources for improving parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress, ways to encourage students to take the lead, and questions every parent should ask.
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Family Engagement: Resource Roundup

Family Engagement: Resource Roundup | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Explore tips, strategies, and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.
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Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Adolescence could be a time of explosive academic learning if what's taught can be connected to the central preoccupation of young people -- their identities.
Via Cindy Riley Klages, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Why High School Students Need More Than College Prep

Why High School Students Need More Than College Prep | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
For nearly 70 years, one of the nation's largest student organizations has hammered home this message - teenagers need job skills whether they're headed to college or not. And students are listening.
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Watch "It's MY Education | Timmy Sullivan | TEDxYouth@BHS" Video at TEDxTalks

Watch "It's MY Education | Timmy Sullivan | TEDxYouth@BHS" Video at TEDxTalks | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
In his talk, Timmy discusses the need for public education reform, the changing role of today's educator, and the benefits of creating personalized learning experiences for students. He shares his passion for languages, culture, and communication and he advocates for integrating technology across the curriculum.

“Every Day is a First Impression” is the motto that Burlington High School Junior Timmy Sullivan has followed in the recent portion of his academic, professional, and personal career. Timmy is immensely passionate about education, and firmly believes quality education should be free to all students. He is constantly promoting effective use of technology to impact the online public education campaign, and to provide personalized learning for students worldwide. He stands to support and promote free scholastic resources as well as improve the quality of education in today’s academic system. He is eagerly pursuing studies in language and culture, marketing and communications, as well as technology integration. Of his many academic leadership positions, Timmy was awarded the title of Student Genius in Burlington’s Student Tech Team due to his outstanding contributions and leadership demonstration.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.
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Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to do Math

Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to do Math | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
As they get older, kids are often discouraged from using their fingers to do math. However, research is showing that doing math with fingers is helping the
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Brian Greene: It’s Easy to Teach Kids to Love Science. So Why Do We Keep Failing at It?

Science needs to be about discovery, not rote memorization. Read more at BigThink.com: http://bigthink.com/videos/brian-greene-science-needs-to-be-interestin...
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Josh Stumpenhorst: 5 ways to leave your comfort zone

Josh Stumpenhorst: 5 ways to leave your comfort zone | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
ISTE 2015 closing keynote speaker and former Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst has come a long way since he attended his first ISTE Conference & Expo in 2010. And he attributes it all to being willing to leave his comfort zone. Here are five ways all educators can use this piece of advice to up the innovation ante in their classrooms.
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Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Studies confirm the wisdom of teaching social skills first: Children who feel well-liked settle down to learn better in class, and go on to do better in life.
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6 Good Virtual Science Lab Apps for Students

6 Good Virtual Science Lab Apps for Students | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 7, 7:47 AM
Here are 6 Good Virtual Science Lab Apps for Students to review and use within your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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Advisory: 22 Ways to Build Relationships for Educational Success

Advisory: 22 Ways to Build Relationships for Educational Success | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Nashville Big Picture High School shares many ways to build intentional relationships with students -- strategies that can work at schools of any size.
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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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New York says its online testing practice round was a ‘resounding success’

New York says its online testing practice round was a ‘resounding success’ | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
New York hasn’t set a date to transition to online testing, but the state’s top education policy makers want you to know that whenever it happens, it will go well

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Helping Our School-Age Children Sleep Better

Helping Our School-Age Children Sleep Better | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
As we ask children to function in school, academically and socially, fatigue can affect their achievement and behavior.

Via John Evans, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
An interactive storytelling tool called Twine hooks students into deeper learning through the empathy of creating a choice-filled historical narrative with multiple outcomes.
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The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't offering the biggest bang for the buck.
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The 50 Best Free Teacher Resources of the Decade So far

The 50 Best Free Teacher Resources of the Decade So far | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
It’s the 21st Century. We Have Access to Quite A Lot of High Tech Resources. Here is a List of the 50 Best Free Teacher Resources Available Today.
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What Do "Future Ready" Students Look Like?

What Do "Future Ready" Students Look Like? | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Read about the winners of the $1 million Hult Prize, which leverages student innovation to address global issues.
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Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World

Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it
Promote global collaborations among classrooms of the world by involving students in creating their learning space and connecting physical and virtual learning spaces.
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VT: Recess for High School Students | Montpelier High School Blog | Edutopia.org

VT: Recess for High School Students | Montpelier High School Blog | Edutopia.org | Resources for Catholic Educators | Scoop.it

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess.

 

Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.

 

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