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Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning

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Children who decide for themselves how to spend their time have more highly-developed executive function, according to a new study. And those children will go on to be healthier, wealthier, and more socially stable throughout their lives.
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Early Childhood Stress May Stunt Brain Development, Causing Deficits In ... - Medical Daily

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9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World

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People who positively impact the world demonstrate 9 core behaviors that set them apart.

 


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John Michel's curator insight, June 4, 10:59 AM

It’s critical to note that people who’ve made a real difference aren’t all privileged, advantaged or “special” by any stretch.  Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 6, 2:37 AM

All good behaviors and traits to imbibe, if you really want to have a positive impact!

Rémy Ginoux's curator insight, June 7, 7:20 PM

Interesting from my view point, just read them for inspiration, and you will see the link with #KM...“the more you give, the more you get.” !

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The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful

The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it

"Recent research by Sean F. Reardon of Stanford University shows that average reading and math scores of incoming kindergartners from high-income backgrounds are a full standard deviation higher than those of children from families with low incomes. The size of this gap among 5-year-olds is staggering, and reducing it will require efforts on multiple fronts. Access to instruction that is engaging, challenging, and fosters a love of learning is a key ingredient. To suggest that kindergartners should be deprived of the opportunity to engage deeply in learning literacy and numeracy is to sell them short at a crucial moment in their development.

A growing body of research has taught us about the critical role of early exposure to language and literacy for children's development. We have also documented vast differences in early exposure to language between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. There is strong support for both early-childhood parental interventions and preschool programs as strategies for narrowing these gaps. It seems only logical, then, that a strong emphasis on language, literacy, and reading during kindergarten would be another key component for reducing inequality of opportunity.

Early exposure to mathematics instruction is also important. Recent position statements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Mathematics Advisory Panel argue that young children are ready to learn varied and challenging math content. Further, they emphasize that children who experience high-quality math instruction in the earliest years of school are at a distinct advantage relative to their peers."


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 7, 9:07 AM

I've been wondering what people mean when they say the #CCSS are not developmentally appropriate. This article helped me to understand that when many people make this claim, they are opposing fewer minutes spent on "play-based" activities. From my own experience with a kindergarten boy, I see a curiosity and drive to learn about the hows and whys of the world, what we would call the academics of the world. The time to teach is when the moment is ripe. People are not fruits and vegetables with measured time to table maturity rates. Age is irrelevant to human curiosity. 

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Current Education Reforms Ignore Neuroscience | BuildBetterSchools

Current Education Reforms Ignore Neuroscience | BuildBetterSchools | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
“ Education reformers should acknowledge advice from child development experts and neuroscientists on how and when children learn best, and then tailor material and curriculum to kids' needs and brains!”
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A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy ~ NY Times

A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy ~ NY Times | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it

by David Leonhardt

 

"The behavior gap between rich and poor children, starting at very early ages, is now a well-known piece of social science. Entering kindergarten, high-income children not only know more words and can read better than poorer children but they also have longer attention spans, better-controlled tempers and more sensitivity to other children.

 

"All of which makes the comparisons between boys and girls in the same categories fairly striking: The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.

 

"By kindergarten, girls are substantially more attentive, better behaved, more sensitive, more persistent, more flexible and more independent than boys, according to a new paper from Third Way, a Washington research group. The gap grows over the course of elementary school and feeds into academic gaps between the sexes. By eighth grade, 48 percent of girls receive a mix of A’s and B’s or better. Only 31 percent of boys do."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, April 30, 12:56 PM
At home, we have many people who have time out where a kids is forced to sit and be quiet. So at school they have to do the same thing in some cases. It is a natural for kids to be active in their learning. Sadly some people can't handle student activity in the classroom. Shame.
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The Pencil Metaphor - an infographic describing different types of teachers in a school #edchat #edtech

The Pencil Metaphor - an infographic describing different types of teachers in a school #edchat #edtech | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
I joined a bunch of Google+ Communities where people congregate to ask questions and generously share resources. I just saw a recent post from Michael Parent to the Instructional Technology Integra...

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John Rudkin's curator insight, April 24, 3:26 AM

Great metaphor....

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, April 24, 10:03 AM

Which category do you fall into?

Roslyn Manning's curator insight, June 26, 9:52 AM

Strive to be LEADers! #edtech #edchat 

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Quigg: Skills every child needs to succeed

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Ellen Galinsky is founder and president of the Families and Work Institute, an organization that seeks to advance the healthy development of children within the context of changing family demands.
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Earlychildhood NEWS - Balancing Child-Directed and Teacher-Directed Approaches

Earlychildhood NEWS - Balancing Child-Directed and Teacher-Directed Approaches | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
Earlychildhood NEWS is the online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age 8. You will find articles about developmentally appropriate practice, child health, safety and behavior as well as links to teacher resources and networking opportunities.

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Which approach or approaches do you employ in your classroom? What criteria do teachers use to decide which is the better approach for learning specific skills.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 14, 1:25 PM

The use of Rousseau suggests the topic has been debated for more than a few years.

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ASU to combine Teachers College, Infant Child Research Programs preschools - Arizona State University

ASU to combine Teachers College, Infant Child Research Programs preschools - Arizona State University | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
Arizona State University ASU to combine Teachers College, Infant Child Research Programs preschools Arizona State University This combination of early childhood services will further integrate scientifically-based best practices into the preschool...
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Teaching Children to Calm Themselves

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Experiencing neglect, severe stress or sudden separation at a young age can be traumatizing, and inhibit a child’s ability to make good decisions and work through problems.
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Video Playlist: Early Childhood Education

Video Playlist: Early Childhood Education | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
This new video series focuses on early literacy, dual language learners, science and discovery, and social-emotional learning in preschool classrooms. Enjoy!
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There are a number of short videos that could be used for Professional Development for teachers and in particular for new teachers, particularly the emotional regulation and classroom management videos.

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How to prep your kids for kindergarten - Sentinel and Enterprise

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How to prep your kids for kindergarten
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They should also have phonological awareness of letters and rhyming words.
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Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training

Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
A controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging reveals a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults, report researchers.
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New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores

New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
Research from Canada finds high-performing students do even better if they are enrolled in ongoing music classes.
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How To Build Your Professional Learning Community - Edudemic

How To Build Your Professional Learning Community - Edudemic | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it

"Professional development used to mean one thing: inservice days. Oof. We sure have come a long way, haven’t we? Especially in the realm of connecting with other like-minded individuals around the globe. We’re no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so we can get into what really interests us as educators, even if the expert is on the other side of the world, and our collaborators are scattered about and have never met in person. When you have a group of people who are interested in similar things as you and are collaborating,  sharing ideas, and offering encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism to the group, some real magic can happen!"


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 2, 1:31 PM

Community is a necessary and organic event in continuously learning. It takes us beyond simply connecting and into deeper relationships where we count on each other.

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A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic]

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Dorian Love's curator insight, June 27, 5:17 AM

Sweet music!

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 1, 10:47 AM


A bit of a edu-tisement for U.F. but this graphic has a ton of info points on music and it's value in learning.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 1, 12:44 PM

The bottom line is that U of F wants you to think about being a music educator. I really focused on the research about how music helps with language skills.

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POVERTY: The costs of learning - Pittsburg Morning Sun

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POVERTY: The costs of learning
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Murnan said recent interest in early childhood development has prompted an intense amount of research into what happens in the developing brain and how it impacts learning and social behavior.
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Rise of the Professional Educator

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Are you a teacher? Why did you become a principal? Why would you want to be a superintendent? The above questions are asked of educators every single day by people outside of the educational field....

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/how-to-prepare-for-giving-a-good-course/https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=quality

 


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cioccas's curator insight, May 23, 6:31 PM

So true, so necessary for all to read and follow!

Mónica Silakowicz's curator insight, May 25, 2:48 PM

El artículo lista 5 aspectos que los docentes deben afianzar para ser vistos como profesionales: estar actualizados, ser activos participantes, aspirar a altos standards y ser apasionados de la educación.

mindy kim's curator insight, July 11, 6:08 PM

... Change and innovation start with the individuals... development, growth, leaders==> building the future.

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15 Adorable Children's Books For Your Little Architect

15 Adorable Children's Books For Your Little Architect | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
Some kids wonder how babies are made and some kids wonder how you get a bridge to stay up in the wind. These are for the latter.
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11 Ways to use Symbaloo in the Classroom

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NOTE: This is a guest post by Mimi Chau from the Symbaloo team. Edublogs just rolled out a free Symbaloo plugin available to all users that we think you'll enjoy! What is Symbaloo? Symbaloo is a fr...
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Full-day kindergarten children score highest in vocabulary, self-regulation - Globalnews.ca

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Globalnews.ca Full-day kindergarten children score highest in vocabulary, self-regulation Globalnews.ca Jennifer Barbour, early childhood education professor at Seneca College, sees the benefits of FDK first-hand but says that the program has...
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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” [...]

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 7:24 AM

Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 11:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 11:08 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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The Importance of Everyday Interactions for Early Brain Development

The Importance of Everyday Interactions for Early Brain Development | Kindergarten is Beary Fun | Scoop.it
Can you remember the last time you played peek-a-boo with a young child? You may think it is just a fun child's game, but actually it is helping brains of very young children develop....
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