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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

For parents, the tragedy at Sandy Hook disturbed us to the core. It wrung out of us honest public discussion over the divisive issues of gun control, mental illness, and video game violence. Did you hear the President’s address at Newtown?

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

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week’s must-read article is by Adam Grant, author of New York Times bestseller, Give and Take. You already know how the right kind of praise develops kids’ intrinsic motivation and resilience. But Adam Grant talks about new research on how praise impacts kids’ moral development...

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Praise

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Praise | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

If you think you should always praise your child, you may be surprised to hear that research shows that praise--at least as we usually give it to children in this culture-- often backfires. 

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This is truly something every parent needs to know, and incorporate into their particular parenting philosophy, as they see fit.

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Why my family is opting out of the Common Core testing

Why my family is opting out of the Common Core testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Karen Klein, Los Angeles Times

 

Sixteen consecutive years of the state's standardized testing are now under my belt, all of them spent covering the accountability program as a journalist, as well as having one or more of my three children filling in bubbles in public school for the annual assessments. And on the 17th year, the last spring that I have a student scheduled for testing, it's time for a rest.

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Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times

 

Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.

 

Students applying to seven or more colleges made up just 9 percent of the applicant pool in 1990, but accounted for 29 percent in 2011, according to surveys by 

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Building an Effective School Board

Building an Effective School Board | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Emily Richmond, The Atlantic

 

A new report finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

A new PISA test topped education news the last few weeks. It tested the general problem-solving skills of students around the world. America’s students rank poorly on international math and language tests. So, policy wonks wonder how the U.S. economy continues to dominate. Could America’s students be better problem-solvers than subject matter test-takers? 

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What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs? How does education fit in?

What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs? How does education fit in? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

"The Future of Employment study makes clear that what matters most today is what you can do with what you know, rather than how much you know."   - Dr. Tony Wagner

What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs and how can we bett...

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20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory

20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
We’ve scoured our brains and the internet for the best study hacks to help your brain remember information quicker and easier and ultimately help you do better in your exams. 1.

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Hi-tech, lo-tech and no-tech ways to improve your memory and your performance on exams.

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Thousands of parents pull kids from New York tests

Thousands of parents pull kids from New York tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Associated Press

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As most of New York's elementary students take state tests meant to show how they are faring under a heavier academic load, thousands of kids are sitting the tests out under instructions from their parents, who say the state relies so heavily on testing that it's interfering with learning.

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Why a Later School Start Time Improves Teens' Focus and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Why a Later School Start Time Improves Teens' Focus and Other Fascinating News on the Web | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Pell, Time

 

You snooze, you win!

 

 

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How does memory work? | The Edynco blog

How does memory work? | The Edynco blog | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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Interactive learning map that shows how we get and keep new information

David Baker's curator insight, March 24, 3:20 PM

Memory and the interactive modeling of both how it works and how to support memory are topics of interest for teachers.

Connie Hamilton Ed.S.'s curator insight, April 12, 11:54 PM

If we want to help our students to learn efficiently, we should know something about functioning of our memory.

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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Mind/Shift

 

Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.

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Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tovia Smith, NPR

 

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?

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This NPR story about "grit" is making the rounds.

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Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress

Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel

 

Online grade book aid parents looking to help their kids keep on top of schoolwork, alerting them to problems in real time, long before a printed report card would go home. But the ability to see grades 24/7 can fuel parental hovering and student anxiety.

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Parents, You Can Test-Drive New Common Core Exams. Try It.

Parents, You Can Test-Drive New Common Core Exams. Try It. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle millions of students logging on to take …

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"Unprecedented" numbers opt out of state tests--what's next?

"Unprecedented" numbers opt out of state tests--what's next? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, Hechinger Report

 

Today students in New York State begin three days of state-mandated tests in English language arts.  But thousands of families across the state, from Syracuse and Buffalo to the Hudson Valley, Long Island to New York City, will sit out the tests, citing concerns with their relevance and the sense that the curriculum has been …

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America's Most Challenging High Schools: Annual Ranking by The Washington Post

America's Most Challenging High Schools: Annual Ranking by The Washington Post | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

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3 reasons students should opt out of standardized tests -- and 3 reasons they shouldn’t

3 reasons students should opt out of standardized tests -- and 3 reasons they shouldn’t | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will have to control the wiggles a little longer, though. It’s standardized testing season, which means silent hallways, desks arranged in rows, and for many kids, a lot of anxiety until it’s …

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The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)

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Here's a look into the basics of memory: how it works, what types of memory there are and why our memories aren’t as reliable as we think.

Via Dr Mark Weyers
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Here's an easy to understand explanation of working memory.

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Daniel Goleman on 3 Common Misconceptions About Focus

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Daniel Goleman, author of Focus, debunks common myths circulating about how we concentrate.

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Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral

Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

It may be the first time a math problem has gone viral on the Internet. A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son’s math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous. Conservative pundits, including Glenn Beck, seized on it as evidence that the new standards …

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Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better

Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Robert Reinhart applies the electrical stimulus to subject Laura McClenahan. After 20 minutes the headband is removed and the EEG cap will capture readings of
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Cracks me up, but I'm game.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

A trio of notable writers – Hanna Rosin, Danah Boyd, and Dana Goldstein—focus this week on overprotective parenting. In particular, don’t miss the fun of reading about “The Land,” an awesome new type of playground. [Free-Range Parents 1, Helicopter Parents, 0.] ● This week, in many states, new tests aligned to the common core make their trial run, fanning the flames of controversy over accountability testing and the serious flaws in the new standards. ● Other sticky topics include homework, big data in education, and student data privacy. Get informed! ● Need an alternative to candy crush? Something with a bit more learning nutrition? Check out vocabulary.com’s new app.

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Homework in America

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by Tom Loveless, Brookings

 

Part II of the Brown Center Report on American Education finds that the average student is not overburdened by schoolwork and that the homework load has not increased over time.

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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

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by Dana Goldstein, The Atlantic

 

And other insights from a ground- breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement

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