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Why Standardized Tests Don't Make Sense [Infographic]

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by Katie Lepi, edudemic

 

We've heard many arguments for and against standardized testing in the US. This infographic helps outline why standardized tests don't make sense to some.

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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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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

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Getty Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple
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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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...

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

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New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.
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Students most effectively learn math working on problems that they enjoy, not drills or exercises

Students most effectively learn math working on problems that they enjoy, not drills or exercises | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.
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Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach?

Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Should schools teach personality or character? This is the question posed in a recent New York Times op-ed by Anna North. She spells out the crux of the debate:

Self-control, curiosity, "grit"--these qualities may seem more personal than ...
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass


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

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10 things not enough kids know before going to college

by Christopher Blattman, Vox

 

Take statistics, study abroad, and more advice from a Columbia professor.

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

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“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...

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Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

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by Anya Kamenetz, nprEd

 

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers; one of them describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

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Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM?

Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alexandra Ossola, The Atlantic

 

Some critics say the recent obsession with science and tech compromises other parts of kids' education.

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Science says the reason you can't remember someone's name is that you don't care enough

Science says the reason you can't remember someone's name is that you don't care enough | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
When you blank on a name, don't blame your brain. In most cases, it's you and your lack of interest.
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Should we stop making kids memorize times tables?

Should we stop making kids memorize times tables? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Stanford University's Jo Boaler says teachers and parents should stop using math flash cards, stop drilling kids in addition and multiplication and especially stop forcing students to do calculation
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Milestones: Is your child on track in school? | GreatKids : Milestones

Milestones: Is your child on track in school? | GreatKids : Milestones | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Milestones let you watch kids demonstrate success in reading, writing and math for grades K-5.
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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

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How to Build a Better Learner

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Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills
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7 Ways to Develop Good Habits in Language Learning | Language News

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In this post we'll discuss how to develop good habits for learning a language, including setting goals, pacing yourself, and designating a study space.

Via Peter Rettig
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Peter Rettig's curator insight, January 25, 8:25 AM

Habits are key!

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Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores

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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...
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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents - Parent Cortical Mass

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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"....

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Raising smarter kids: What we learned about learning in 2014

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All of us want to help our kids learn and achieve, so as we head into the New Year, let’s take some time to review.

What were the most important science news stories about learning in 2014? Here are my top five.

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

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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

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What Kids Need To Learn Early On To Be Successful In School Later

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A new curriculum that focuses on executive functions may help reduce disparities in pre-K and kindergarten when it comes to cognitive abilities between the rich and poor.
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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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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