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The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect.

The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Gregory Ferenstein, TechCrunch

 

Now, a new multi-year study of the “flipped” classroom finds that allowing students to watch lectures at home boosts final scores a whopping 5.1%. I’m not being sarcastic; in education terms, that’s about as big as it gets, which is good news for professors thinking of ditching lectures in favor of hands-on learning in the classroom.

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Good information. The writer "collected every quality piece of research from 1980, related to how high school preparation impacts college performance (in the same subject). The average impact of taking a year of any high school subject is around 2-4% on the final grade in college (out of 100)."

 

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The fourth “R” (Recess) that makes all the difference in school

The fourth “R” (Recess) that makes all the difference in school | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
By Leslie Crawford, Senior Editor “Could you give her some advice?” I ask...

 

This is one of those gut-wrenching parenting moments that can come as a shock when your child starts school. No one warns you that there will be times when your exquisite child is friendless – often for no obvious reason.

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N.J. Poll: Parent Involvement, Not Vouchers, Key to School Reform

N.J. Poll: Parent Involvement, Not Vouchers, Key to School Reform | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Karla Scoon Reid, Education Week

 

New Jersey voters cite parent involvement as the most crucial factor in resolving the state's public school problems, according to a survey released this week.

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Interesting to see what the voters in NJ think matters most in solving public school problems.

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No Child Left Untableted

No Child Left Untableted | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Carlo Rotella, New York Times Magazine

 

Rupert Murdoch’s new idea for how to educate America.

 

The first time I met with Joel Klein, the chief executive of Amplify and an executive vice president of News Corporation, he checked his e-mail on his phone a lot, even as we talked about the concern that technology isolates rather than connects people. I pointed this out, and he, in turn, expressed wonder that I don’t even allow the use of laptops in my classroom.

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

There are so many strong articles and essays for parents this week, for a second I thought, “Too strong!” That was just a second, though.

 

Annie Murphy Paul’s article on homework and Ellen Galinsky’s piece on how to read to kids will pump up parent skills. ● But, the best essay in the bunch, by the brilliant Eric Kandel, a Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, is so graced with the ease of deep expertise, you’ll come away feeling cozy with little chunks like Area 25, chromosome 7, copy number variation, and de novo...

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What is Chunking and Why is it Important for Parents to Know?

What is Chunking and Why is it Important for Parents to Know? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Chunking is a fundamental operation in learning. What do parents need to know about it? How can parents build skills to use chunking more effectively?

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Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility

Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by The Brookings Institution

 

There is, quite rightly, a cacophonous debate on how to reform schools, open up colleges, and widen access to pre-K learning.

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"But too little attention is paid to another divide affecting social mobility—the parenting gap."

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Neurological Benefits Of Practice

Neurological Benefits Of Practice | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, TeachThought

 

“Why do I have to keep practicing? I know it already!”

 

That’s the familiar wail of a child seated at the piano or in front of the multiplication table (or, for that matter, of an adult taking a tennis lesson). Cognitive science has a persuasive retort: We don’t just need to learn a task in order to perform it well; we need to overlearn it.

 

Decades of research have shown that superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery...

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When Homework is a Waste of Time

When Homework is a Waste of Time | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

Most after-school assignments are based on out-of-date and often ineffective methods

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning & Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Since it's the beginning of the school year, how about we start with a few questions? What are the scientifically-proven best methods of study? What do you think about rewarding good grades with money?

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Should parents bribe their kids for getting good grades?

Should parents bribe their kids for getting good grades? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Demetria Gallagos

 

Giving kids rewards for all A's isn't corrupting them, the Wall Street Journal columnist argues. It's motivating them.

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

It’s a bright warm day in August, and the bells are calling kids back to school. Should you let them walk? Or are they too digitally distracted to be safe? ● This week Malcolm Gladwell defends the 10,000 Hour Rule against critics who say a “sports gene” matters more than practice. ● An entertaining 6 minute PBS video speed-chats about whether Google, combined with smart phones, makes background knowledgeirrelevant. (Of course not!) ● Do we really need to worry about the global achievement gap? The release of Amanda Ripley's...

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Babies May Remember Words Heard Before Birth

Babies May Remember Words Heard Before Birth | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Randy Dotinga, Philly.com

 

Study found repeated exposure to a 'pseudoword' during late stages of pregnancy led infant's brains to react to it

 

Patricia Kuhl, a speech researcher and director of the University of Washington's NSF Science of Learning Center, praised the study. "The fact that learning from frequently presented sounds occurs while infants are still in the womb means that language learning does not begin on Day 1 at the moment of birth, but while the infant listens to sounds in utero. It's really quite amazing that the fetal brain has that capacity."

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Business Execs: Fight for Common Core Before It's Too Late

Business Execs: Fight for Common Core Before It's Too Late | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sean Cavanagh, Education Week

 

Executives from Cisco Systems, ExxonMobil, and Intel urged their peers in the business community to rally in defense of the common-core standards.

 

Still, so far it has not been easy.

 

That was evident in the reaction to a particularly high-profile effort to sell the common core by ExxonMobil, which has paid for a series of nationwide, televised ads promoting the standards.

 

For every 100 emails the company has received in response to the ads, a staggering number of them, about 99, were negative, estimated Patrick McCarthy, the executive director of the ExxonMobil Foundation.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

I saw the ExxonMobil ad, and even though I support the common core, the ads were not informative enough.  They treat parents like they are dumb, not uninformed.  There's a big difference.

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Why Warnings to Young People About Risks May Be Ineffective

Why Warnings to Young People About Risks May Be Ineffective | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Campaigns to get young people to stop smoking may be more successful by focusing on the positive benefits, such as having more money and better skin, rather than emphasising negative outcomes like increased disease risk, a study from Wellcome Trust...
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Lifelines for Poor Children

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by James Heckman, New York Times

 

While education is a great equalizer of opportunity, American programs don’t start early enough. Nor do they produce the skills that matter most for personal and societal prosperity.

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James Heckman is a Nobel Prize winning economist whose work on preschool education is reknown.  To be informed on the Pre-K Policy debate, parents need to know about Heckman.  And any parent who is trying to form their POV about education, poverty, and their place in the issue, needs to know about Heckman's ideas.  This short article is a good start, and if you know about him already, this article keeps you current with his thinking.

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Fall 2013 Small Screen Parents' Choice Awards

Fall 2013 Small Screen Parents' Choice Awards | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Parents' Choice recommends the best in children's media. Content includes Parents' Choice Awards and Noteworthy Product Reviews. Parents' Choice is the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit guide to children's media.
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My Amygdala Ate My Homework!

My Amygdala Ate My Homework! | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Launa Schweizer, Rewire Me

 

When I arrive at my job, several people run to the door to hug me. During each day, at least one person falls out of her chair, someone bursts into tears, and several people fail to complete their assignments.

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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ben Orlin, The Atlantic

 

A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information

 

I once caught an 11th-grader who snuck a cheat sheet into the final exam.

At first, he tried to shuffle it under some scratch paper. When I cornered him, he shifted tactics. "It's my page of equations," he told me. "Aren't we allowed a formula sheet? The physics teacher lets us." Nice try, but no dice. The principal and I rejected his alibi and hung a fat zero on his final exam. That dropped his precalculus grade down from a B+ to a D+. It lingered like a purple bruise on his college applications.

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Are teachers trying to turn creative kids into robots?

Are teachers trying to turn creative kids into robots? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham, Washington Post

 

Are teachers really trying to turn creative kids into robots by insisting on “self regulation?” What is self-regulation anyway? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at this in the following post.

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Wary of Standardized Testing, Parents are Increasingly Opting Their Kids Out of Exams

Wary of Standardized Testing, Parents are Increasingly Opting Their Kids Out of Exams | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by AP, Washington Post

 

The opt-out movement, as it is called, is small but growing. It has been brewing for several years via word of mouth and social media, especially through Facebook

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With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously

With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kenneth Chang, New York Times

 

As states adopt the new Common Core standards for math education, teachers prepare for a shift from breadth to depth, particularly in the earlier grades.

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P.E. and Recess Getting Cut? How You Can Help

P.E. and Recess Getting Cut? How You Can Help | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Erica Lue, National PTA, LearningFirst.org

 

In its resolution on recess, National PTA outlined the numerous benefits of recess and physical activity, including “greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning; better classroom behavior; increased socialization, school adjustment and overall social development; and improved physical and mental health.” In addition to these positive outcomes, establishing an active lifestyle in childhood leads children to be more active adults. Because of the benefits of physical activity and unstructured play time, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that students get at least 20 minutes of recess time every day.

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The Test of the Common Core

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by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Huffington Post

 

We should be leery of the forthcoming "core-aligned" tests -- especially those in English Language Arts that people are rightly anxious about. These tests could endanger the promise of the Common Core.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

E.D. Hirsch is one of PCM's Top 10 Influencers in Education--for his lifelong work on the need for the US to have a common core curriculum.   He's very smart, and persuassve.

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Scores on new, more difficult tests hit home for New York City parents, kids

Scores on new, more difficult tests hit home for New York City parents, kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lisa Fleisher, Wall Street Journal

 

The parents of thousands of New York City students over the past few days learned the results of their children's scores on revamped state tests.

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