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Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
Mr Schnell's insight:
I haven't watched any of these yet... just saving them for later
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.
For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.
In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce.
Mr Schnell's insight:
I think this is true in Canada, too. Hopefully Alberta's Curriculum redesign in 2016 lets teachers emphasize science, and lets kids explore and engage, even invent - instead of memorizing so many facts.
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