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It's About the Parents, Too

It's About the Parents, Too | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

You've heard it said, "It's about the children." I say, "It's about the parents."  

 

Parent Cortical Mass is a blog for parents who want to get smarter and more effective at facilitating kids' learning and education.

 

Cortical Mass Sounds Like Critical Mass, Right? The idea is that if enough parents get smarter about learning and education, we could boost educational outcomes in America.

 

Of course it's about the children, but it's got to be about the parents, too!

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

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The opt-out movement is gaining critical mass. More than 180,000 students in New York refused to take the state’s exams. In one Seattle high school, 100% of the junior class opted out. Wide-spread civil disobedience exposes education reforms as a house-of-cards. NCLB, accountability, teacher evaluations, and common core are bundled. (It’s almost as bothersome as a cable package deal.) Five articles below, with left, right and center viewpoints, will get you informed. ● We’ve talked about the 30

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5 Fantastic Learning Channels on YouTube Kids

5 Fantastic Learning Channels on YouTube Kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
YouTube is packed with great educational content, but the deep parts of YouTube can also get pretty weird. As a parent, you may not want to let your kids browse too freely. Luckily, YouTube recently released YouTube Kids. YouTube Kids is a free mobile app, available for iOS and Android, which curates educational and entertainment content…

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week free-range parenting went from a philosophical to a legal debate. A few weeks back police picked up two children (ages 10 and 6) as they walked home from their neighborhood park. Authorities said their parents were responsible for “unsubstantiated child neglect.” Then, police picked up their kids a second time. The parents, “free-rangers,” are outraged. They intend to file a lawsuit, to clarify parents’ rights. ● This week educators in the Atlanta schools' cheating scandal were sentenc

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Where are Teachers Really Paid Most?

Where are Teachers Really Paid Most? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
If you could choose any state to teach in, which would it be?
If you were faced with that decision, you would consider a variety of factors: Where your extended family is located, where your spouse could get a job and, of course, how much you would expect to be paid. But if money is the top priori
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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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.

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Rachel Benoit's curator insight, March 30, 4:27 PM

Seems obvious to us. What do you think? 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 31, 9:15 AM

Technology isn't the answer to everything.

Michael Ruzza's curator insight, April 5, 7:45 PM

This is essentially learning through play.

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Study: 60 Minutes of Homework is the Perfect Amount | Big Think

Study: 60 Minutes of Homework is the Perfect Amount | Big Think | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How much homework should students do each night? One group of researcher says 70 minutes strikes the perfect balance.
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Go Ahead, Help Your Child Apply to College

Go Ahead, Help Your Child Apply to College | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Randye Hoder, New York Times

 

As a parent, you can’t escape the role of college-application Sherpa. Nor should you try.

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Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery

Ten Disciplines of a Learner: Learning vs Mastery | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Ten Disciplines of a Learner
We decided to continue the conversation on this topic at a faculty meeting. Several meetings later we had a new report card. We decided to give two grades and average them—one for “Learning,” the other for “Mastery.”

Sara might get an “F” in mastery and an “A” in learning, culminating in a “C” for the course. To be rigorous we picked ten observable behaviors and named them “Disciplines of a Learner:”

1.     Asks questions

2.     Builds on other people’s ideas

3.     Uses mistakes as learning opportunities

4.     Takes criticism constructively

5.     Speaks up

6.     Welcomes a challenge

7.     Takes risks

8.     Listens with an openness to change

9.     Perseveres in tasks

10.   Decides when to lead and when to follow.


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Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 21, 9:57 AM

Love this examination of 'Disciplines of a Learner" that clearly distinguishes between master and learning. I think we should demonstrate greater value to the lifelong skill of learning .

Carv Wilson's curator insight, March 21, 10:01 AM

Like the questions.

 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 22, 2:07 PM

Whether in school or the work place, we talk about measurable goals and objectives but most of us struggle to define how those goals or objectives might be measured. Now that's often because the goals and objectives aren't actually measurable, but it's mostly because we don't think through what we're actually asking students or employees to accomplish.  For students, success and progress can be measured when they see "that [their] learning, not [their] intelligence" matters. For  employees, success and progress can be measured in much the same way.

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Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read

Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.
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Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways

Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A report from the O.E.C.D. revives an old debate about girls’ math abilities, while it raises questions about boys’ overall educational achievements.
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Boys are being outclassed by girls at both school and university, and the gap is widening

Boys are being outclassed by girls at both school and university, and the gap is widening | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
“IT’S all to do with their brains and bodies and chemicals,” says Sir Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, a posh English boarding school....
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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

 

Of course parents want to protect the privacy of student data. Does that mean they impede technical progress in education? Here are two articles to inform you about that debate. ● You’ve heard that video games have a learning benefit, but your knowledge is vague. Read Peter Gray’s summary to get quickly familiar with the research. ● This week you can get smarter about the “school to prison pipeline.” Libby Nelson gives you the facts and bullet-points about school discipline policy. 

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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

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Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers, one of who describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."
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What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow’s Children? — by Sec Arne Duncan

What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow's Children? - Bright - Medium
Innovation in education goes well beyond gadgets and apps. Here’s my vision for the classroom of the future.
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Can we teach intelligence? - PsyPost

Can we teach intelligence? - PsyPost | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Hardly any other psychological concept is as important to us as intelligence. We want to make intelligent choices, be able to keep up an intelligent conver ...
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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Have you heard of Goodhart’s Law? No? Then, how about “gaming the system,” which is what Goodhart’s Law describes? Eduardo Porter’s article, on the controversial issue of evaluating teachers with student test scores, describes how this law comes into play. It’s smart, and it will make you smarter. ● This week Fareed Zakaria writes that America’s obsession with STEM learning is “dangerously" narrow. Consider his reasons why learning humanities is as important to America’s excellence as learning STEM...

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Breast really is best

Breast really is best | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

from: The Economist

FOUR extra points of IQ, an extra year’s education and a significantly enhanced income at the age of 30. Those are the benefits of having been breast-fed,...

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Very interesting stats.

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In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter

In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Engagement isn't necessarily a recipe for academic gains, suggests a new report on global education.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Many articles appeared this week about “raising kids who read.” Why? Because Daniel T. Willingham’s most recently published book, with that very title, is getting great coverage. Stay current. ● When schools consider new education tech initiatives, parents can help their schools focus. How? With questions. Be ready with these. ● A recently published book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert Putnam, discusses why we should care about other people’s children. There's more to it than

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

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Did you notice the buzz last week about Pi Day? If ever you wanted to know why mathematicians get all mystical about Pi, here’s your chance. Steven Strogatz relates Pi to pulsing hearts, orbiting planets, and the breathing of a baby. Really. Start reading now. ● The smartest article this week is by Janet Napolitano. She addresses the “college is in crisis” theme that has momentum. In her article, there’s no hype--just facts, analysis, and a clear statement of the issues. ● New research published

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

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Maybe you've heard that boys are falling behind girls in school. Or that girls are far behind boys in science and math. This week the spotlight is on the gender divides in education. Get the facts. ● How much do you know about sex education in America? Likely not much since what is taught gets determined locally. The CDC says that 47% of high school students have had sex. So this is a pertinent, not just political, topic. Read Jessica Lahey’s article for a perfect introduction. ● Are the...

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Girls Still Lag Behind Boys at Math, Study Finds

Girls Still Lag Behind Boys at Math, Study Finds | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Despite decades of global efforts to get more young women to study and pursue careers in math and science, girls still lag behind boys in terms of academic performance and career aspirations in STEM-related fields.
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If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade

If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Like likes like: New research supports the notion that teachers favor those who favor them.
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