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Comrie family donation makes full-day kindergarten possible ...

Comrie family donation makes full-day kindergarten possible ... | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Beacon Heights School in north Edmonton will have full-day kindergarten for at least five years because of a donation from Bill Comrie and his family.
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A New Enrichment Activity: Doing Errands With Mom « Annie Murphy Paul

A New Enrichment Activity: Doing Errands With Mom « Annie Murphy Paul | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Study: running errands with mom associated with higher achievement in kindergarten. On to the dry cleaners, kids! http://t.co/cRrsQU7GqP
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Beethoven and Mozart 'can boost pupils' concentration' - Telegraph

Beethoven and Mozart 'can boost pupils' concentration' - Telegraph | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Research from the Institute of Education finds that seven-year-olds exposed to classical music at primary school develop better concentration levels and social skills (@JLloydWebber @SistemaEngland @sistemascotland
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A Pill Could Help You Acquire Perfect Pitch

A Pill Could Help You Acquire Perfect Pitch | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests a mood stabilizer could help restore plasticity to the brain for learning.  (Mood-stabilizing drug may also return your brain to the plasticity of early childhood.
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Can You Teach Compassion?

Can You Teach Compassion? | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
We all want to be treated with compassion, but can we be compassionate too?

 

Many wonder if compassion can be taught or is it just inborn? Research on child development and temperament seems to suggest that some young children appear to be born more compassionate than others. Some are more attentive to the needs and concerns of others. Yet research also suggests that compassion can be taught throughout the lifespan too.

 

For example, research in my lab here at Santa Clara University has found that college students who attend service learning immersion trips spending a great time with those who are poor and marginalized in either domestic or international location do, in fact, become more compassionate (at least after their immersion experience and for several months later when assessed in follow up testing).

 

We are currently examining a large university data set to determine which college activities (e.g., selected major, extracurricular activities) are associated with compassion development over time.

 

by Thomas Plante


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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, January 24, 2014 6:03 PM

Yes!  We can teach compassion. 

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15 Ways To Pinterest to Enhance Your Classroom

15 Ways To Pinterest to Enhance Your Classroom | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
15 Ways To Pinterest to Enhance Your Classroom

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Janice Comrie / Early Childhood educator interested in Reggio-Inspired Learning, Music and Literacy for young children and healthy living.
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My Pinterest Boards:  Early Childhood and Division One teachers may be interested in Reggio-Inspired, Documentation, Early Literacy, Early Numeracy, Classroom Environment(The Environment as the 3rd Teacher).

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Introducing the 2014 January Post-A-Day Blog Challenge...

Introducing the 2014 January Post-A-Day Blog Challenge... | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Happy New Year's Eve, #Kinderchat!
2013 was a great year for us, and we started it with a blogging challenge - every day for the month of January, we featured a new blog post written by one of you!

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Is teaching an Art or a Science? by @JeffBradbury

Is teaching an Art or a Science? by @JeffBradbury | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
TeacherCast Educational Technology Blog: Created by Jeff Bradbury.

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30 Simple Ways To Connect With Students - Edudemic

30 Simple Ways To Connect With Students - Edudemic | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it

The school year is about to start up again, so it's time to figure out some simple but effective ways to connect with students.


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Recess and Movement Breaks Are Needs... NOT Rewards

Recess and Movement Breaks Are Needs... NOT Rewards | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Kids need movement. We all need movement.  Recess is a need.  PE is a need.  Energy breaks are necessary. If I am in a longer session and I need to move, I get up and take a break.  I bounce my leg...

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18 Blogs Explain Brain Breaks and Why they are Important

18 Blogs Explain Brain Breaks and Why they are Important | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
As an adult, you've likely experienced a time when you've been in a training session or a meeting and felt like you were at a breaking point and couldn't focus

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 6, 2013 10:03 PM

Wow.  Important information here (and lots of resources!).

 

"When kids get tired or bored, they tend to check out.  Once kids begin to check out they are no longer learning, and they mentally are removed from the situation despite being physically present.  It’s important to get their blood flowing and to reconnect those kids that have started day dreaming instead of listening to the lesson.  These six blog posts can explain more about the importance of brain breaks for kids and adults."

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Teaching boys to become strong learners

Teaching boys to become strong learners | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
As an elementary school principal in Simcoe, Ont., Edmond Dixon saw countless underachieving young boys pass by his desk.

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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed's curator insight, August 19, 2013 5:52 PM

"When boys are young, their brains have a greater capacity to perceive and use movement, but are less capable than girls at mastering oral language skills. By the age of six or seven, boys start getting testosterone jolts and become more competitive. When they fail, say by getting a bad mark on a test or getting scolded by a teacher, boy’s testosterone levels drop. Repeated failures, said Dixon, cause boys to lose interest in school because the loss of testosterone leaves them self-conscious."

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:02 PM

an important point here is that with early failure in schools, boys lose testosterone, which undermines future potential achievement.  This  in general seems to imply the traditional approach to education is bad for boys on a hormonal level. -Lon

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E is for Engagement, Enthusiasm and Executive Function.

E is for Engagement, Enthusiasm and Executive Function. | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Introduction I’ve been lucky to spend my entire working life with children, firstly as a teacher and then as an educational psychologist. My interest is in how children learn: the nuts and bolts of...
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Not Yesterday’s Kindergarten | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Not Yesterday’s Kindergarten | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
New on the blog! Not Yesterday’s Kindergarten http://t.co/RyGljq0jiY #ece #earlyed
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What Is Working Memory and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Working Memory and Why Does It Matter? | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Executive functioning skills - If working memory is weak, it can trip up just about anyone. But it really works against a child with learning disabilities (LD). (RT @LDorg What Is Working Memory and Why Does It Matter?
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Why your brain loves music

Why your brain loves music | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.

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Anna Fabo's curator insight, April 18, 2014 7:00 AM

Podreu descobrir que diuen els últims estudis sobre el perquè el nostre cervell li agrada tant la música.

Natalie Gaskins's curator insight, May 11, 2014 2:18 PM

One day, I would love to venture into the field that connects Neuroscience with Music and that is why this article caught my attention right away. I admit to listening to certain songs and having to completely stop whatever I am doing because it was THAT good. I always wondered why that is and why certain sounds that we hear trigger emotions, or stimulation in our brains. I can agree with what the writer said in that we set up expectations in our brains with familiar styles of music and loved to be deceived when the music takes a different direction.I also agree that it is no longer enjoyable when the music goes too astray from what my brain wanted. It just gets annoying that way! It keeps excitement in the song and makes you try to anticipate what is going to happen next. It is a way to keep the listener attentive. I know that when I song is too predictable, it quickly looses my attention. As a songwriter, I feel that this is very crucial when writing. We have to keep the audience engaged at all times. This is also why artists make certain line-up choices while performing at a gig. I thought it odd that we get a different level of satisfaction when we have paid for the music and are then anticipating the surprise. Very odd. 

I would love to venture deeper into these studies and unlock more neurological secrets. Knowledge like this can help sell music.

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Kindergarten teacher: Too many tests, 'no time to play' - Twin Cities Daily Planet

Kindergarten teacher: Too many tests, 'no time to play' - Twin Cities Daily Planet | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
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Kindergarten teacher: Too many tests, 'no time to play'
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Kindergarten teacher David Boucher wants time to play.
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The very best of 2013 from the kid blogging network

The very best of 2013 from the kid blogging network | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
The very best kid ideas for 2013 are all in one place! Come and check them out!

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Book helps children learn to protect environment - Albany Times Union

Book helps children learn to protect environment - Albany Times Union | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Book helps children learn to protect environment
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"Neighborwood" is the first of several books in a "pen pal" series that aims to teach kids about earth literacy, particularly the concepts of diversity, recycling and sense of place.
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Helping Kids Achieve with Cindy Terebush: Is Respect a Part of Your Discipline Method?

Helping Kids Achieve with Cindy Terebush: Is Respect a Part of Your Discipline Method? | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
When you peel away the layers of positive discipline, you are left with respect.

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The International Children’s Digital Library Offers Free eBooks for Kids in Over 40 Languages

The International Children’s Digital Library Offers Free eBooks for Kids in Over 40 Languages | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
For all of the free literature and essays available online, a surprisingly small amount is geared toward children. Even less is aimed at children who speak foreign languages.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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How Important is Relationship Building in the Classroom?

How Important is Relationship Building in the Classroom? | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Think about the people in your life you are closest to. If they asked you to do something for them, even something absurd, would you do it? Why? How about someone you know but you do not particular...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, November 5, 2013 7:42 PM

Reflections from the field!    "Some kids won’t do anything for you. Until you build a relationship; Then they’ll do ANYTHING for you."

Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, November 14, 2013 3:12 PM

Great post that I wholeheartedly agree with. Cooperation comes from relationship, and particularly with more challenging kids who often lack any real positive relationships.

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7 Strategies to assist with the time change and children with Autism

7 Strategies to assist with the time change and children with Autism | Early Childhood and Leadership Inspiration | Scoop.it
Most adults always anticipate the "fall back" into daylight savings time because for many it means an extra hour of clubbing, watching movies or hanging out with friends due to the extra hour of sl...

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:57 AM

We were hoping to find time to write aobut this one but alas - we ran out of time.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, November 2, 2013 11:28 AM

practical tips !

Olivia Gillingham's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:38 PM

A little guide to help children, especially those with autism, on addapting to the change in time. It can help as this encourages to keep to a reguler routine.

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Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development

This interactive feature highlights five numbers to remember about the development of young children.

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