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.
These books won our Top 10 Children's Book Awards. You can depend on their high quality.
The Hans Christian Andersen Award, given every two years, is considered the “Nobel Prize" in children's literature. It is given to both an author and an illustrator for their lifelong contribution, not to one of their specific works. The most recent winners are from 2014.
The mere mention of Boston inspires dread in my family. On one infamous trip from our home in upstate New York to a Boston wedding, we were done in by a single step in the directions sent by family friends.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
How do you find your way around a new city? With or without google maps...
For many parents with seniors in high school the college application season is ramping up. This week the cost of a college education is in the news. The article from Phillip Levine at Brookings explains why figuring out the cost is so difficult. It could help. There’s an opportunity this week to get a little smarter about testing and accountability. Read Anya Kamenetz for a good overview. Read Alicia Caldwell to hear the argument for why overtesting is a myth. To understand what the sc
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
The mid-term elections have finally arrived. Communities around America are debating the top education policies, like common core and accountability. It can be perplexing because the debates don’t follow political party lines. Read Motoko Rich’s news story on the California race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, where two Democrat candidates vie for citizens' votes. They would take public schools down very different paths, so there's an unequivocal choice. Have you been waiting to read a good explanation for A.D.H.D.—what it is and why it’s on the rise? Click on Dr. Richard Friedman’s clarifying article.
For years we’ve thought that all parents needed to know the research on the 30 million word gap. This concept is now on the White House’s radar. New initiatives from government and non-profits will surely spread the word, helping parents gain cortical mass! ● Have we reached a tipping point about the use/overuse of standardized tests for NCLB accountability? Read Lyndsay Layton’s summary of who is saying what now.
For parents, the task of ensuring that exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the kids, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student’s ability rather than age.
Phillip Levine explains how making college costs more transparent and offering simplified price calculators that tell prospective students and their families how much financial aid they will receive can open doors that once appeared closed, in some cases revealing that private colleges can be affordable options alongside state schools.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
Parents with kids approaching college age need to know this.
Should parents help kids with their homework? Get the pros and cons from experts with differing opinions and be informed. ● High school seniors are now in the thick of applying to colleges. How many applications are enough? This article has some interesting stats. ● Is it worth it for students to take A.P. classes? Get the scoop from Jessica Lahey. ● Now there’s an app for the word gap. Since 90% of U.S. adults have a cell phone, what if this worked?
This week several of our top learning concepts are in the spotlight. Researchers have discovered that dads don’t speak as many words around their babies as do moms. Why does this matter? More than ever fathers spend time caring for their babies, so they need to understand the importance of language dancing—a slow-spoken, musical sounding, back and forth chatting with babies. (Dads, time to man-up with the baby talk.) ● If you’re unfamiliar with “executive function” in children, this 5 minute vid