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Scientists identify key to learning new words

Scientists identify key to learning new words | Intriguing Reads for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists at King's College London have identified how a pathway in the brain which is unique to humans allows us to learn new words.
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In every word, a microhistory

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14-year-old Anamika Veeramani won 83rd National Spelling Bee on June 4 by correctly spelling the word stromuhr. It's one of many English words in the contest that sounded decidedly unEnglish. Other...
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12-year-old girl arrested for bullying in Stamford - WFSB 3 Connecticut - WFSB

12-year-old girl arrested for bullying in Stamford - WFSB 3 Connecticut - WFSB | Intriguing Reads for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
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A 12-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday after police said she was bullying another student that attended a private middle school in Stamford.
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In Pursuit of Passion .. not Carrots or Sticks ~ Cooperative Catalyst

In Pursuit of Passion .. not Carrots or Sticks ~ Cooperative Catalyst | Intriguing Reads for Middle School Students | Scoop.it

by Pamela Moran

 

"As I watched young children, adolescents, and teens working together in summer programs (including those who bring with them chronic stress associated with familial risk factors). I witnessed what happens when pursuit of learning in authentic, natural settings ignites passion. Young people attend, they engage, they learn from each other, and they don’t want to stop working.


"It’s the sweet spot that comes with how humanity has learned best for millennia, through play, storytelling, movement, creation, performance, authentic problem-solving, and purposeful projects. We are incorporating what we’ve learned from these and other “test-bed” settings and innovation zones across all of our district’s schools with the idea that transforming, not reforming, contemporary learning environments creates pathways for our learners that are vastly different from those of 20th century factory schools. In doing so, we move from a Gutenberg teaching model of write, print, read, listen, and recall to a post-Gutenberg learning model of search, connect, communicate, and make."


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I love this line from Moran's post: "...we move from a Gutenberg teaching model of write, print, read, listen, and recall to a post-Gutenberg learning model of search, connect, communicate, and make."


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How does writing affect your brain?

How does writing affect your brain? | Intriguing Reads for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Most of us write a little something everyday. It might be a grocery list, a poem, or a write-up on the infographic of the day. As we go through this daily ritual, however, we are probably not aware of the effects writing has on our brains.
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Interesting piece on writing and the brain!

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How Exercise Can Help Us Learn

How Exercise Can Help Us Learn | Intriguing Reads for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle? Two new studies helpfully tackle those questions.
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National Poetry Day: 10 famous poems you should read - The Independent

National Poetry Day: 10 famous poems you should read - The Independent | Intriguing Reads for Middle School Students | Scoop.it
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National Poetry Day: 10 famous poems you should read. 03 October 2013 12:12 PM. Today is National Poetry Day, so here are some IV Drip desk favourites...
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