When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
If I ask you or your students, "How do you learn," how many of you could clearly articulate this process? If you can, are the strategies you're using the best ones for learning?
Apply New Learning Often and in Meaningful Contexts
The more you can apply what you’re learning to your every day, the more it’ll stick in your head. The reason is simple. When you’re learning by doing, you’re implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you’re able to connect what you’re learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you’re learning will stick around.
We learn best when we have context, and that applies to new skills as much as it does random facts in school. That’s why something like the transfer of learning is helpful when your learning a new skill. This means you’re applying your new skills in your day to day life in a context that matters. (http://lifehacker.com/the-science-behind-how-we-learn-new-skills-908488422)
A great disucssion on on the connection between doing and learning (retention).
"When you’re learning by doing, you’re implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you’re able to connect what you’re learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you’re learning will stick around."
As we make our way through the lazy days of summer, schedules change, and things relax. My usual theme is collaboration; parents can be one of our biggest assets in promoting language development. Parents of young ...
Kansas.com Books for kids during the dog-eared days of summer Kansas.com The best part about summer reading is the freedom to find a good book and dive in without stressing about book reports or reading points.
Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.
Recent research suggests that the difficulties dyslexia creates with reading may not be hard-wired. Instead, experience may play a big role in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.
The brain doesn’t fully develop until about the age of 25. This fact is sometimes quite surprising and eye opening to new parents and early years professionals who are interacting with children every day. It can also be somewhat overwhelming to contemplate. It is essential to realize however, that the greatest time of development occurs in the year...
Couldn't agree more: "Children also must have appropriate and safe opportunities to experience things for themselves and feel the sense of accomplishment that goes along with completing tasks independently. "
"Ever since I learned to write my name at age 6 -- and thus was awarded a membership card -- I've been an avid fan of libraries. During weekly jaunts with mom through the stacks, I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder and her fiddle-playing father, Flossie and Freddie Bobbsey, and the delightful tales of Flicka, Ricka and Dicka, the Swedish triplets..."
"For daycares and schools to have an effective way to help children for success in life, is to have low teacher child ratios to increase the opportunity to foster relationships with every child. And then use the understanding that the brain is experience dependent t. Children in schools can be engaged collectively in a caring climate and create activities that benefit other human beings."
BBC News Play 'boosts children's development and happiness' BBC News Play helps boost children's language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.
Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development Jackson Clarion Ledger Having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development, according to a new study.
Salon This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read Salon “No screen time until you do an hour of reading first,” was her reply. The child flung himself back in his seat and opened a paperback book with a disgruntled sigh.
Reading children's literature is not 'embarrassing' The Conversation From the “golden age” of children's literature in the second half of the 19th century, didacticism decreased and the boundary between books for adults and books for children...
This question says it all - "Regardless of the problems with the suggestion that any kind of reading should be embarrassing, why should the intended age of a book’s readership determine whether reading it is “shameful”?"
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