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Rethinking Magnet Schools, What's Happening Now

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by Nora Fleming, Education Week

 

Magnet schools, the specially themed schools conceived to spur desegregation, are becoming another choice for public school students. Traditional Public Schools + Magnet Schools + Charter Schools = choice.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Should parents help kids with their homework? Get the pros and cons from experts with differing opinions and be informed. ● High school seniors are now in the thick of applying to colleges. How many applications are enough? This article has some interesting stats. ● Is it worth it for students to take A.P. classes? Get the scoop from Jessica Lahey. ● Now there’s an app for the word gap. Since 90% of U.S. adults have a cell phone, what if this worked? 

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week several of our top learning concepts are in the spotlight. Researchers have discovered that dads don’t speak as many words around their babies as do moms. Why does this matter? More than ever fathers spend time caring for their babies, so they need to understand the importance of language dancing—a slow-spoken, musical sounding, back and forth chatting with babies. (Dads, time to man-up with the baby talk.) ● If you’re unfamiliar with “executive function” in children, this 5 minute vid

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Dreams of Glory

Dreams of Glory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How is it that an activity considered a lapse in attention can bring about benefits believed to result only from the strict exercise of cognitive control? Let's hear it for daydreaming!
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Children need parents shouting from the touchlines - The Guardian

Children need parents shouting from the touchlines - The Guardian | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
David Boyle: You don’t have to be a tiger parent to try and foist your ideas on your offspring and show them some things really do matter
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Why You're Better Off With a Hardworking Child than a Smart One

Why You're Better Off With a Hardworking Child than a Smart One | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
I wanted my son to be born a genius. Instead, I should have been hoping that he was born with drive, says first-time dad Taylor Tepper.
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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.
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'Science gives children the skills to ask the right questions of society' - Telegraph

If we can inspire children to ask 'how', they stand poised to gain so much; including the life skills to make the right connections to solve problems, says Prof Maggie Dallman
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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In
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What Do We Know About Human Intelligence?

What Do We Know About Human Intelligence? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jonathan Wai, Creativity Post

 

What do we know about the science of human intelligence? Douglas Detterman, emeritus professor at Case Western Reserve University, shares what he has learned from decades of working in this field.

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How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

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by Gretchen Reynolds, NYT

 

Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you can substantially improve their ability to think.

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

“A growth mindset is the best gift we can give our children,” says Jessica Lahey. Read her smart tips on helping kids deal with criticism. This is an all-important parenting skill. Get informed. ● You’ve seen those diagrams of brain scans with colorful patches. But what do they mean? Watch the TED Talk by Nancy Kanwisher, a prominent MIT neuroscientist, and get the basics of brain scan research. Her engaging 17-minute talk makes it completely understandable! Really. ● 

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Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning

Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American

 

Neuroimaging reveals how the brain’s reward and memory pathways prime inquiring minds for knowledge

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Why Are College Costs So Hard to Figure Out?

Why Are College Costs So Hard to Figure Out? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Phillip Levine explains how making college costs more transparent and offering simplified price calculators that tell prospective students and their families how much financial aid they will receive can open doors that once appeared closed, in some cases revealing that private colleges can be affordable options alongside state schools.
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Parents with kids approaching college age need to know this.

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Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The body of knowledge about how the brain works is growing, but so is the list of gaps in our understanding. Larry Abbott, a former theoretical physicist, is looking for models to fill them in.
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The Art of Control

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by Bari Walsh, Useable Knowledge: Harvard

 

Activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.  

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What Makes a Child an Art Prodigy?

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by Jacoba Urist, The Atlantic

 

The paintings of seven-year-old Aelita Andre have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, raising the question of what separates true, precocious genius from mere youthful creativity with hype.

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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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The mid-term elections have finally arrived. Communities around America are debating the top education policies, like common core and accountability.  It can be perplexing because the debates don’t follow political party lines.  Read Motoko Rich’s news story on the California race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, where two Democrat candidates vie for citizens' votes. They would take public schools down very different paths, so there's an unequivocal choice.  Have you been waiting to read a good explanation for A.D.H.D.—what it is and why it’s on the rise? Click on Dr. Richard Friedman’s clarifying article.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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For years we’ve thought that all parents needed to know the research on the 30 million word gap. This concept is now on the White House’s radar. New initiatives from government and non-profits will surely spread the word, helping parents gain cortical mass! ● Have we reached a tipping point about the use/overuse of standardized tests for NCLB accountability? Read Lyndsay Layton’s summary of who is saying what now. 

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What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast

What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What do kids around the world eat for breakfast? It’s as likely to be coffee or kimchi as it is a sugary cereal.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize! Last year we published her moving speech to the UN, given on her 16th birthday. Imagine what she could do for women and global education in the years ahead? ● Do violent video games contribute to youth violence? Parents must set (and carry out) the household policy on playing video games with violence. ProCon.org can help. They’ve collected excerpts from smart sources, and put 11 in the “yes” column and 11 in the “no” column. The positions quote diver...

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Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture?

Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Researchers are experimenting with playable tests capable of capturing learning in action.
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Nature trumps nurture when it comes to academic achievement, study says

Nature trumps nurture when it comes to academic achievement, study says | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times

 

Let's imagine for a minute that family resources had no impact on the likelihood that an American student would graduate high school and go on to earn a college degree or beyond. In this idealized world, which factors would influence a student's likelihood of academic achievement, and how do nature and nurture conspire to dictate those outcomes?

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Preparing Your Child for Common Core Tests

Preparing Your Child for Common Core Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The when and what kind of tests depend on the state, but make sure your children take the tutorial about using the computer.
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