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Good Wellness Habits Help Kids Prosper in School | Psych Central ...

Good Wellness Habits Help Kids Prosper in School | Psych Central ... | education | Scoop.it
Raising children often means worrying about their health and how they are doing in school. In fact, University of Alabama at Birmingham experts say.

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Fairness and friends: strongest foundations for good mental health at any age | Clare Allan

Fairness and friends: strongest foundations for good mental health at any age | Clare Allan | education | Scoop.it
Small children mainly live life in the present tense, but their prescription for wellbeing, though not original, is universal Marooned in a cottage in the Lake District, lashed by rain and howling gales, with an intermittent broadband signal, two...
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Alex Salmond unveils plans for free primary school meals in Scotland

Alex Salmond unveils plans for free primary school meals in Scotland | education | Scoop.it
All children in primary classes one to three will have right to receive free lunches from next January, first minister says Alex Salmond has confirmed that all primary school children in Scotland aged up to eight will be offered free school meals...
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Education in 2014: the year of the teaching assistant?

Education in 2014: the year of the teaching assistant? | education | Scoop.it
We need to take serious action to improve the role and function of school support staff, argues Rob Webster
Last year there were not one, but two days celebrating the contribution teaching assistants (TAs) make to classrooms.
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Why boredom is good for children: Quiet time can prepare youngsters for dull ... - Daily Mail

Why boredom is good for children: Quiet time can prepare youngsters for dull ... - Daily Mail | education | Scoop.it
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Top teaching resources from 2013: the pick of the crop

Top teaching resources from 2013: the pick of the crop | education | Scoop.it
The Guardian Teacher Network team pick out their favourite resources of the year.
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Sir Tony Robinson hits back at Michael Gove's first world war comments

Sir Tony Robinson hits back at Michael Gove's first world war comments | education | Scoop.it
Actor who played Baldrick says Gove is irresponsible for saying Blackadder is leftwing and paints war as 'misbegotten shambles' As Michael Gove has just discovered, it is never wise to underestimate Blackadder's sidekick, Baldrick, who invariably...
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Children Need To Take Risks, and Parents Need to Let Them

Children Need To Take Risks, and Parents Need to Let Them | education | Scoop.it
The arguments for and against letting a child light the menorah—or peel potatoes, or, someday, take the train into the city on a Friday night. What is “ready,” anyway?
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The Michael Gove random policy generator

The Michael Gove random policy generator | education | Scoop.it
Pete Cashmore: How does Michael Gove come up with so many genius new policies for the nation's schools?Pete Cashmore
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Imagine all the children thinking in the classroom | IrishTimes.com

Imagine all the children thinking in the classroom | IrishTimes.com | education | Scoop.it

John Lennon sang, “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can.” Well, primary-school pupils at Balbriggan Educate Together had a shot at wondering just that recently and came up with some surprising answers.

 

“People would think differently and co-operate more. On the other hand, people would be different. It’s like people wouldn’t really be people,” said one student.

 

“If there were no possessions there would be lots of deaths and no one would be safe,” came another reply.

 

“If there were no possessions, then there would be no need to steal because it would already been stolen by a government.” (So ran a more political contribution.)

 

Another pupil just concentrated on the lyrics. “It made me feel like ‘Wow I have stuff other people don’t have’ and I thought, man, I should be grateful for what I have.”

 

This was just a small sample of one “thinking time” exercise at the school, a philosophy slot first introduced by the principal Fintan McCutcheon five years ago and now part of the timetable for eight- and nine-year-olds.

 

“The fillip for us is twofold,” McCutcheon explains, “As an Educate Together school, we teach the children an ethical curriculum. We want the children to become more sophisticated in the way they think about moral issues but we don’t want to appeal to any particular domination because we are a non-denominational school.

 

“The other appeal is under the citizenship remit and developing the ‘children’s voice’. You can set up student councils, and so on, but what’s most important is ensuring the teachers’ moral pedagogy over the course of the day is one that promotes children’s voice.”

 

The initiative has expanded to include a blog where parents and teachers are invited to join some of the discussions.

 

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The Three Wise Men of Education – cartoon

The Three Wise Men of Education – cartoon | education | Scoop.it
Gold, frankincense and the King James Bible? Mikey Gove is back for Kevin Payne's nativity scene
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Michael Gove shows his true colours on schools' career guidance

Michael Gove shows his true colours on schools' career guidance | education | Scoop.it
Michael Gove's bizarre attack on careers advisers in front of the education select committee on Wednesday was a damaging self-parody, says Tristram Hooley On Wednesday Michael Gove gave a robust, if bizarre, performance to the House of Commons...
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M&S ends segregation of toys for boys and girls | The Times

The chain store has pledged that all its children’s products will be gender neutral from the spring after complaints from customers (RT @thetimes: Marks & Spencer has pledged that all its children’s products will be gender neutral from the...
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Top UK headteacher: Michael Gove is 'pressing the rewind button'

Top UK headteacher: Michael Gove is 'pressing the rewind button' | education | Scoop.it
Tricia Kelleher, head of top-ranking private school, says education secretary's reforms will lead to 'cul-de-sac' of learning The principal of the British school ranked top in the world in the international baccalaureate diploma has launched a...
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Amid growing poverty, councils have failed to save fund for those in need

Amid growing poverty, councils have failed to save fund for those in need | education | Scoop.it
From April 2015, a £180m a year hardship fund will be abolished. Councils have simply not made a strong enough argument for it
Iain Duncan Smith's axe has struck again. This time its local authority welfare assistance schemes on the block.
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MPs to hold final evidence session on Residential children's homes in England - News from Parliament

MPs to hold final evidence session on Residential children's homes in England  - News from Parliament | education | Scoop.it

Education Committee will hear from the Children’s Commissioner for England (MPs to hold final evidence session on Residential children's homes in England http://t.co/IYaNToQmSl << #Children...


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The Effect of Music on Children’s Intelligence

The Effect of Music on Children’s Intelligence | education | Scoop.it
A summary of the latest findings that show the good effects of music on your child's intelligence.
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Cyberbullying: increasing number of children suffering, says ChildLine - The Guardian

Cyberbullying: increasing number of children suffering, says ChildLine - The Guardian | education | Scoop.it
The Guardian Cyberbullying: increasing number of children suffering, says ChildLine The Guardian The number of children suffering at the hands of cyberbullies has sharply increased, with victims often left in despair and struggling to cope,...
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Study: inflated praise is damaging for children with low self-esteem (Wired UK)

Study: inflated praise is damaging for children with low self-esteem (Wired UK) | education | Scoop.it
A study has revealed that inflated praise given to children who are suffering from low self-esteem could be detrimental to their ability to overcome their feelings of inadequacy (RT @WiredUK: Study: inflated praise is damaging for children with low...
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Another use for literature: ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy

Another use for literature:  ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy | education | Scoop.it

Theory of mind' researchers find that reading serious fiction boosts one's ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy.

 

One thing that interests psychologists is the extent to which developing theory of mind is a precursor to the capacity for empathy. They are also looking at the way in which people with autism and sociopaths develop these abilities — or don't. And primatologists have demonstrated some of the rudiments of theory of mind in other apes.

Now, research by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano of the New School for Social Research, published in the journal Science, suggests that reading literature improves these intuitive abilities. But not just any literature. Literature with a capital "L."




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This is the 2nd article I have read this past week about literature and its positive effects on the brain. Frank McCourt once said, "This is English. Queen of the Curriculum." I wholeheartedly agree. This article purports, "...may be the equivalent of aerobic exercise for the parts of your brain most involved in the theory-of-mind skills."

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Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children - Huffington Post

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children Huffington Post Children whose brains get exercise in the first three years of life have bigger brains -- and those children are more likely to stay in school, avoid challenging health...
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Education news in 2013 quiz: who said it?

Education news in 2013 quiz: who said it? | education | Scoop.it
Have you been listening carefully? Match the statement to the speaker to prove how closely you have followed this year's education news stories
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Experts Concerned about The Negative Impact of Tablets on Young ...

Experts Concerned about The Negative Impact of Tablets on Young ... | education | Scoop.it
While tablets seem to be popular with very young children, some pediatricians and other health experts are expressing concerns that these devices may be interfering with early childhood development and may even lead to ...
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Educating Yorkshire's Mr Burton: 'half the battle is raising aspirations'

Educating Yorkshire's Mr Burton: 'half the battle is raising aspirations' | education | Scoop.it
English teacher Matthew Burton hit the headlines after helping Musharaf Asghar find his voice.
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The 'right school'? No, parents staying together is the best way to help children | Joanna Moorhead

The 'right school'? No, parents staying together is the best way to help children | Joanna Moorhead | education | Scoop.it
Children with a stable home life do better at school. Focus less on catchment areas and more on relationship counselling
Parents do anything they can to give their kids the best chance to succeed.
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Grammar schools solve few things in the short term and nothing in the long | E Jane Dickson

Grammar schools solve few things in the short term and nothing in the long | E Jane Dickson | education | Scoop.it
A truly fair education system may not be possible, but we can do better than make misty-eyed calls to expand grammar schools
Life is not fair. Some people are richer than others, some smarter. What are you going to do?
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