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Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of the Last Decade

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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

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This week we discuss “resilience” and other "non-cognitive" skills associated with success. Resilience is not freaking out when your hopes and plans are going down the drain. There's "grit" for persistence and a "growth mindset" for confidence in your ability to learn. How can parents help their kids build these skills? Can schools help? ● The school year is coming to an end. How do parents (and students) say thank you to teachers? For first-rate guidance read Jessica Lahey’s article. ● It’s su

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Tiger Mum or Cat Dad? Claws out over parenting styles

Tiger Mum or Cat Dad? Claws out over parenting styles | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
There's a challenger to the super-strict high-achieving Tiger Mother - he's been dubbed 'Cat Dad' and is the subject of a hit Chinese TV programme.
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School Bullying, Cyberbullying Continue to Drop - US News

School Bullying, Cyberbullying Continue to Drop - US News | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
School bullying is at its lowest rate since 2005, but girls are still bullied at higher rates.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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Worrying is an occupational hazard for parents. That’s why you should check out Eric Barker’s “How Not to Worry.” Besides summarizing heaps of helpful research, it’s an entertaining read. ● There’s a fierce public debate about whether studying liberal arts is relevant anymore. Some of the world’s wealthiest technocrats say that a liberal arts major is a poor strategy for getting a job. Instead, they say (with urgency,) everyone should learn to code. Their school coding initiatives include students....

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How To Get Smarter

How To Get Smarter | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Wouldn’t you like to know how to get smarter? Of course.
I’ve looked at the science on the subject many times in the past and there are some simple methods — like, believe it or not, exercise and even chewing gum.
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Good summary of the research, with lots of links.  Eric Barker's post template is one of my favorites!  

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The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending – DrGreene.com

The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending – DrGreene.com | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Current brain development & education research supports: early academics does not strengthen the young child’s development. Playing is a young child's work.
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Stanford Study Shows Dramatic Math Improvement From Playing Video Games Just 10 Minutes Per Day

Stanford Study Shows Dramatic Math Improvement From Playing Video Games Just 10 Minutes Per Day | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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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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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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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

Half the picture of student success is something other than academic. So why can't someone come up with a better name for them?

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The Secret to Learning Anything Fast

The Secret to Learning Anything Fast | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
This is what you must do if you want to learn anything.
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MAGID ON TECH: Know your child's rights in the Information Age

MAGID ON TECH: Know your child's rights in the Information Age | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
It's no secret that schools collect a lot of information about students, ranging from test scores to whether their parents' income is low enough to qualify for free lunch.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Today’s parents raise kids in the era of internet technologies. You must grapple with determining what practices are best for social media, screen time, and kids' data privacy. Now, add self-driving cars. Will you insist on parental controls? ● If you’ve been frustrated by how rigid schools are about excusing absences for educational family vacations, you have a new hero. ● If personalized learning tech makes you feel ”simultaneously optimistic and outright terrified”, read danah boyd’s article.

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Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says - Stanford University News

Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says - Stanford University News | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says that children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand.
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Every parent needs to understand the growth mindset!

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

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This week Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist and expert on the science of learning, published five articles at the Washington Post about reading. We’ve selected three here, but really, read all five! Find out if it’s even possible to teach reading comprehension. And, learn how the common core boosts comprehension by building background knowledge. Parents need to understand this. ● The Department of Education released the results of the nation’s 8th grade NAEP tests in History, Civics and...

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

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

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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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 9:45 PM

Students and teachers need to use all their senses and experience life fully.

 

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Juanita Jackson's curator insight, May 15, 11:46 AM

keep our students actively participating...

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 19, 2:27 PM

There are several topics cover d in this article. The first is the use of movement to augment learning. This is not a new idea as many foreign language teachers have been using and recommending TPR - Total Physical Response as a p highly effective teaching strategy.  

 

The second point is about the distracting nature of highly decorated rooms. In my experience, the walls need to teach.  I do agree that decorations unrelated to content are irrelevant and distracting to learning.  We do not need photos of skateboarders or beaches that encourage daydreaming.  However, decorations that review content already taught or link concents within the content are highly effective learning strategies.  Visual cues can help spiral learning.  I had teachers who created a visual content organizer and added visuals as they progressed through the year.

 

the third point is about writing as a means to reduce test anxiety.  

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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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