This week learn about learning to read. “English has 205 ways to spell 44 sounds.” That could make spelling complicated! Find out how kids’ brains change as they learn to read. It's about white matter. ● More on fixed and growth mindsets this week: professors in certain majors believe success in their fields requires “innate talent.” Alison Gopnik tells how the facts don’t support their bias. ● In education this week, the question is: Are kindergarten common core standards developmentally appro
The learning opportunity this week is about memory, or more accurately, false memory. Why corral 3 articles on this? Because you’re more likely to remember the concept in the context of Brian Williams' #misremeberings. ● You already know how important it is to read to your kids. Even so, don't miss the post by Doug Lemov, author of the best-seller “Teach Like a Champion.” His reasons why reading aloud matters will inspire and motivate you. Now, what to read aloud? Any Newbery winner is a slam-dunk...
Students learn math best when they approach the subject as something they enjoy, according to a Stanford education expert. Speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization pose high hurdles in the youthful pursuit of math.
We hear frequently that digital devices are eating away at our brains. Cognitive Scientist, Daniel T. Willingham, writes this week, “Smartphones don’t make us dumb.” Read his illuminating article on the impacts to our attention spans. ● The most intriguing article this week comes from an English teacher in San Luis Obispo, CA. As he integrates into his teaching the common core’s emphasis on cognitive skills, he says, “My job description has evolved, and I’m fine with that. But where are the st
Carol Dweck wrote an article for Scientific American this week. Every parent needs to know her research on the growth mindset. Her book, Mindset, is on our list of Top Books for Parents. If you’ve not read it, this don’t-miss article will get you up-to-speed.
You know that ‘learning styles’ are a myth, right? Good. But even if you do, Christian Jarret’s article in Wired this week is uber-informing. He promises that in 2 minutes you'll know all you need to know.
Research on the 30 Million Word Gap has inspired new initiatives and polices. Read Sara Neufeld’s article and learn how closing the word gap might also close the achievement gap.
Games from your childhood are now online and free to play. Remember Oregon Trail, Sim City, Prince of Persia? Spend some quality time with your kids sharing your favorites. Besides the fun, it’s a history lesson
“Math knowledge at the beginning of elementary school was the single most powerful predictor determining whether a student would graduate high school and attend college.” Read Anya Kamenetz's article for further information. Which countries assign the most homework? Take a peek at the graph showing how much...
Money and math were the captivating topics this week. Mostly we expect parents to teach kids about money. Two articles below tell about new research and new ideas that are changing parent practices. (Spoiler: some math is involved.) ● Do you have a teenager? Then don’t miss the NPR story on the teenage brain. Getting smarter about this could reduce your stress. Big win! ● There are 9 articles this week in education, covering the Top Education Policies of common core, accountability, achievement
A new study confirms that it is worth a parents effort to ensure that their school-aged child receives a good nights sleep. Researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal found that sleep quality and...
It’s likely you’ve heard of “helicopter parenting.” It’s a parenting style often mocked by the media. But have you heard of “free-range parenting?” Because of an event in Maryland this week, it was a big topic in parenting news. What do you think?
Renowned neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin, tackles the topic of multi-tasking, which he says is a “powerful and diabolical illusion.” It’s essential reading.
One of our missions is to debunk persistent “neuromyths.” Dr. Judy Willis writes about the "edu-cash-in"....
Happy 2015! We are back with a fabulous line up of articles which will make you smarter at fostering your kids learning and education. The most intriguing article this week is from Keith Stanovich, on the thinking that IQ tests miss. Don’t miss it! At least try to solve a couple of the simple problems that make the case of the “cognitive miser.” ● This week the most discussed research study compares the “Big Five” personality traits to school achievement. Interesting results! ● The common core a
Can you imagine scanning the brain of adolescents while they watch a video clip of their moms' criticizing them? Neither could I. But, this research might offer some clues to parenting adolescents. This week find articles covering three of our top 10 learning concepts--10,000 hours, language dancing, and background knowledge. Top education policies covered this week include common core, accountability, and teacher effectiveness.
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