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The importance of teacher-child relationships during elementary ...

The importance of teacher-child relationships during elementary ... | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Participants were taken from the National Institute of child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, which is a large longitudinal study of non-parental care experiences and child ...
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Parents and Teachers: Partners in Building Healthy Brains

Parents and Teachers: Partners in Building Healthy Brains | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Teacher Appreciation Week has passed, along with "Mom Appreciation Day," but parents and teachers continue the important work of shaping children's brains all year long. Unfortunately, there are ch...
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Growing Empathy, Child by Child

Growing Empathy, Child by Child | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

You're never too young to be a teacher. At least, that's the philosophy of Mary Gordon, founder of a program called "Roots of Empathy," which brings babies into classrooms around the world.

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What makes self-directed learning effective?

What makes self-directed learning effective? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In recent years, educators have placed more emphasis on the importance of hands-on participation and student-led inquiry because it has been proven more effective. But until now, few researchers have examined how and why: A new study by researchers at New York University finds that self-directed learning might influence cognitive processes, such as those involved in attention and memory.

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Daniel Pink on Teacher Pay

Daniel Pink on Teacher Pay | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Daniel H. Pink's bestseller 'Drive' addresses how to break out of what Pink calls "Motivation 2.0" thinking—a mentality that depends on carrots and sticks to the point that, in many cases, they have been inappropriately applied.

 

"Motivation 2.0 still serves some purposes well," Pink writes. "Sometimes it works; many times it doesn't. And understanding its defects will help determine which parts to keep and which to discard as we fashion an upgrade."

 

This is exactly what Pink sets out to accomplish as he distills the research for us in an effort to close the gap between what science knows and what people actually do. After exposing some of the flaws in the way we currently motivate others at home, in business and in education, he offers specifics for fixing them.

 

In this excerpt (reprinted on Mom Psych with permission from the author and the Penguin Group), Pink specifically addresses the topic of "merit pay" for teachers.

 

(See full story: http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Education/Pay-Teachers-Intelligently-DP1001.html# )

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Many thanks to Dan Pink and the Penguin Group, both of whom granted their kind permission for me to post this excerpt.
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Anne Murphy Paul: Why Floundering Makes Learning Better

Anne Murphy Paul: Why Floundering Makes Learning Better | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Call it the "learning paradox": the more you struggle and even fail while you're trying to master new information, the better you're likely to recall and apply that information later.

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Why Learning Leads To Happiness

Why Learning Leads To Happiness | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
By Philip Moeller for U.S. News Your mind may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of longevity and happiness.

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Learning Online May Be Better - NYTimes.com

Learning Online May Be Better - NYTimes.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A  93-page report on online education in 2009 came to a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” A couple of years later, Universities all over the country as well as High Schools are jumping on the bandwagon.

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Tackling dyslexia before kids learn to read

Tackling dyslexia before kids learn to read | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
For children with dyslexia, the trouble begins even before they start reading and for reasons that don't necessarily reflect other language skills.
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School Environment Has Little Effect on Teen Mental Health --Doctors Lounge

School Environment Has Little Effect on Teen Mental Health --Doctors Lounge | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Research does show that family has the highest effect--and wider social networks (which may include teachers) are also important to mental health. But it makes sense that the occasional unsupportive teacher isn't going to ruin a kid's life--especially if there are other connections in place.

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ADHD is over-diagnosed, experts say

ADHD is over-diagnosed, experts say | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What experts and the public have already long suspected is now supported by representative data: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is over-diagnosed.

 

 

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How to Deal With Kids and Math Anxiety

How to Deal With Kids and Math Anxiety | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"In children with math anxiety, seeing numbers on a page stimulates the same part of the brain that would respond if they spotted a slithering snake or a creeping spider—math is that scary. . . . The pattern the paper’s authors identified was specific to math, unrelated to general intelligence or to other kinds of anxiety." ~ Via Annie Murphy Paul.

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Why Do Women Students Abandon Math and Science Majors?

Why Do Women Students Abandon Math and Science Majors? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Roxanne Hughes is winning high praise — and international recognition — for her recently completed doctoral dissertation, which identified a variety of factors that influence female undergraduates as they make a decision about their major.
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TLC for Education: Tribal Learning in the Classroom

TLC for Education: Tribal Learning in the Classroom | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
An interview with neuropsychotherapist Lou Cozolino about his 2013 book, The Social Neuroscience of Education.
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There seems to be fairly general agreement that the education system in the United States needs a major overhaul, but few of the ideas for fixing it seem to consider how the brain actually learns best. At least, that's what I thought before I read neuropsychotherapist Louis Cozolino's latest book. The approach Cozolino offers isn't a quick or easy fix, but it is fairly simple in principle: create classroom situations that come as close as possible to the early tribal social environments in which the human brain first learned to learn. 

 

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Cozolino Speaks in Altadena-May 15, 2015

Cozolino Speaks in Altadena-May 15, 2015 | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Louis Cozolino to speak at Aveson School of Leaders on May 15 about his 2013 book: The Social Neuroscience of Education.
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Dr. Louis Cozolino is a psychology professor at Pepperdine University and a veteran psychotherapist. The author of several books in the realm of social neuroscience--explaining how our brains are hardwired to connect with others--Cozolino argues in his latest work that this same understanding can "inform, impact, and radically change" our approach to education.

If you're planning to be in the L.A. area on May 15th and can take a couple of hours out of your schedule that evening, you won't want to miss Dr. Cozolino's talk, Q & A, and book signing just a few minutes north of L.A. in Pasadena/Altadena.

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Use Your Full Vocabulary With Kids—They’ll Learn More That Way « Annie Murphy Paul

Use Your Full Vocabulary With Kids—They’ll Learn More That Way « Annie Murphy Paul | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Many of us with young kids consciously limit the vocabulary we use with them, wanting to make sure that they’ll understand what we’re saying without having to struggle with an unfamiliar word. But a new study suggests that using as wide and rich a variety of words as possible is actually the more helpful approach, reports Dian Schaffhauser in T.H.E. Journal:


“Exposure to word variation for early readers may boost their abilities, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Iowa to be published in the January issue of Developmental Psychology."

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Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform : NPR

Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform : NPR | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Teachers' expectations about their students' abilities affect classroom interactions in myriad ways that can impact student performance. Students expected to succeed, for example, get more time to answer questions and more specific feedback.

 

"The first psychologist to systematically study this was a Harvard professor named Robert Rosenthal, who in 1964 did a wonderful experiment at an elementary school south of San Francisco.

The idea was to figure out what would happen if teachers were told that certain kids in their class were destined to succeed, so Rosenthal took a normal IQ test and dressed it up as a different test."

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Mom Psych Home

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Psychology studies can seem confusing and contradictory. Mom Psych cuts through the clutter to bring the latest research home.


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Preschoolers' reading skills benefit from one modest change by teachers

Preschoolers' reading skills benefit from one modest change by teachers | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found.
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Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse?

Are We Putting the (Knowledge) Cart Before the (Emotional) Horse? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What would you say if I told you that all of our efforts to improve public education were insensitive to the actual way people interacted with the world?

Depressing, right? But it's true.

 

"We elevate the wrong hero in school reform every day when we overvalue the importance of academic learning and assume that merely focusing on better curricula and clearer standards will carry the day. Yet the research suggests otherwise, affirming what sociologist Pedro Noguera and others have said repeatedly: 'unmet social needs become unmet academic needs.'”


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Deaf Children’s Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning

Deaf Children’s Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In a discovery that could help instructors better teach deaf children, a team of University of Chicago researchers has found that a gesture-sign mismatch made while explaining a math problem suggests that a deaf child is experiencing a teachable moment.

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Brain Scan Foretells Who Will Fold Under Pressure - Science News

Brain Scan Foretells Who Will Fold Under Pressure - Science News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

As any high school senior staring down the SAT knows, when the stakes are high, some test-takers choke. A new study finds that activity in distinct parts of the brain can predict whether a person will remain cool or crumble under pressure.

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See this one also, dealing with the same topic: http://www.scoop.it/t/mom-psych/p/1507031756/how-to-deal-with-kids-and-math-anxiety
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Mean Girls (and Boys)

Mean Girls (and Boys) | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

One of the saddest and most difficult lessons we are learning at the local public school  is the way that the other children treat one another.


(So glad my girls' school has zero tolerance for bullying. It's amazing how that works. ~gms)


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The Trouble With Bright Girls | Psychology Today

The Trouble With Bright Girls | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
For women, ability doesn’t always lead to confidence. Here’s why. By Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. ...

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Gina Stepp's comment, March 29, 2012 7:54 PM
The type of praise we give is very important for the right kind of self-image. I do think this is very accurate--we tend to give girls more "global trait" types of praise rather than for effort and mastery. More on this topic here: http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/family-relationships/children-and-self-esteem/34763.aspx
Gina Stepp's comment, March 29, 2012 7:56 PM
So true! The type of praise we give children is very important in helping them develop the right kind of self-image. I do think this is very accurate--we tend to give girls more "global trait" types of praise (especially about beauty) rather than for effort and mastery. More on this topic here: http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/family-relationships/children-and-self-esteem/34763.aspx
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Khan Academy: The future of education?

Khan Academy: The future of education? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports.


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