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The Mind of the Prodigy | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Mind of the Prodigy | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in non-verbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art, and musicbefore the age of 10...


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There's an enormous fascination with individuals born with unique gifts or soaring talents.  It must tap into our own personal yearning to truly excel at something or achieve.  

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 13, 4:46 PM

Could not put this down! The video loops about the Yin sisters and Gavin George are mesmerizing.  The IQ ranges and other psychometric data about these enormously talented youngsters completely obviate whatever we think we know about whatever it is we think we mean when use the word 'intelligence'! Read this and be humbled!--Lou

 

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"....More striking is that every single prodigy scored off the charts in working memory — better than 99 percent of the general population. In fact, six out of the eight prodigies scored at the 99.9th percentile! Working memory isn’t solely the ability to memorize a string of digits. That’s short-term memory. Instead, working memory involves the ability to hold information in memory while being able to manipulate and process other incoming information. On the Stanford-Binet IQ test, working memory is measured in both the verbal and non-verbal domains and includes tasks such as processing sentences while having to remember the last word of each sentence, and recalling the location of blocks and numbers in the correct order in which they were presented. There have been many descriptions of the phenomenal working memory of prodigies, including a historical description of Mozart that involves his superior ability to memorize musical pieces and manipulate scores in his head. (See here for a demonstration of the exceptional memory of a physics prodigy.)

The researchers also found that as a group, the prodigies showed higher levels of autistic traits compared with a control group consisting of people weren’t prodigies (but the prodigies scored only slightly higher than those with high-functioning autism, or Asperger’s)....."

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Council of Great City Schools: NEW! Framework for Raising Expectations/Rigor for ELL Students

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Technology Myths: Reflections from the leader of NAIS

Technology Myths: Reflections from the leader of NAIS | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Terrific insights!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 8:24 PM

Several months ago I scooped an article by George Couros who used the word myth in this title as well. Myths always have kernels of truth. Joseph Campbell and James Hillman wrote about myths and their role in our lives. There are parts of them that are pure fiction. For example, and the two articles contrast each other, this one suggests that digital technologies will not replace teachers. This is true in some settings, perhaps the independent school movement, but in public schools with neo-liberal agendas driving the supposed reform that is just not the case. Digital technologies are being trumpeted as making learning more efficient displacing the role of the teacher in many respects.

 

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Source: www.educatorstechnology.comSee on Scoop.it - Australian Curriculum Implementation

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ISlean connect's curator insight, September 19, 4:08 AM

Les outils de communication et de réseau social dans le contexte éducatif

katemreid's curator insight, September 19, 4:19 AM

I love the fact that this was inspired by Doug Johnson at the Blue Skunk Blog - I love his perspective on school libraries, teacher librarianship and our roles in an increasingly blended information universe

Ching Rem's curator insight, September 19, 4:30 AM

Faeta!

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Teacher tools for creating quizzes or polls | Listly List

Free tools or websites that teachers can create or share quizzes and polls. Please add your recommendations. | Interact | Create A Quiz, Learningpod, Socrative | Student Response System, ExamTime Quizzes, Google Forms + Flubaroo, Joomla Quiz Deluxe, Learning Management System (LMS), course management software for e-Learning, web-based online training platform, Moodle, Testmoz, and PollEverywhere

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, September 13, 5:36 PM

Handy...

Marie-Leet Bens's curator insight, September 19, 8:02 AM

I'm a fan of Kahoot! - game-based blended learning

Елена Гончарова's curator insight, September 20, 1:25 PM

добавить свой понимание ...

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23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

September 6, 2014
Below are some valuable resources for ELL and ESL teachers. With these resources, you can find great ways to communicate more effectively, explore lessons, and be a great ELL teacher.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 7, 3:52 PM

Interesting index of resources.  Something for every language teacher here! 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, September 13, 2:13 PM

You will definitely like this....

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The New History Wars

The New History Wars | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Students need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture.
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New Research on Eating Disorders: Nice Girl Effect Can Serve As Early Warning Sign

New Research on Eating Disorders:  Nice Girl Effect Can Serve As Early Warning Sign | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls receives national attention in print, online and on the radio. This page provides links to the articles, blogs, interviews, etc.
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News Release: Please click on the first link to read the research report.  

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Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Kids read emotions better after spending several days without electronic media, according to new research.
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Interesting...and what about adults?

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Why Art Teachers are The Most Important Teachers in the School

Why Art Teachers are The Most Important Teachers in the School | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
I know that I'll be sparking quite a bit of controversy in this post, but I feel that in light of recent budget cuts and a general misunderstanding about
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Topography of Religion

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.'  Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."


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I love these interactive maps by State! Very interesting.  

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Tom Franta's curator insight, August 25, 12:51 PM

Interactive map showing religion by state

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:27 PM

APHG-Unit 1

CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 7:09 PM

Awesome interactive map showing the relative religious composition of states.

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Blogging It Forward - Her Next Chapter (On Writing, Girl Empowerment & more)

Blogging It Forward - Her Next Chapter (On Writing, Girl Empowerment & more) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
  When Lisa Kaplin invited me to participate in a blog hop a few weeks ago, I had no idea what that was, but soon understood how it worked and was game to give it a try. Everyone, I’m pleased to introduce you to Lisa! Here’s her entry in the blog hop: http://smartwomeninspiredlives.com/writing-well/ Here are...
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Lori Day on writing as a career,  her focus (empowering girls), and lists a few other noteworthy writers. 

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The Narcissism Epidemic

The Narcissism Epidemic | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Did your parents tell you to love yourself before you can love others? Do you take selfies? If so, you may be a narcissist. A male teenager is the United Kingdom’s first selfie addict who attempted
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30% of young people may be narcissist.  Wow!  At an art museum, my husband and I notice that tourists were spending more time taking their own pictures than looking at the art. 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 13, 11:48 AM

Does the writer have something here?  Or just jumping to conclusions? -Lon

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The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Aaron Carapella couldn't find a map showing the original names and locations of Native American tribes as they existed before contact with Europeans. That's why the Oklahoma man designed his own map.
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Parents want kids to be responsible and hard working above all, according to new Pew report

Parents want kids to be responsible and hard working above all, according to new Pew report | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Parents want kids to be hard working more than they do kind.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Empathy

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 20, 7:47 AM
Parents want kids to be hard working more than they do kind.


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10,000 American Toddlers now Taking Amphetamine Based ADHD Drugs

10,000 American Toddlers now Taking Amphetamine Based ADHD Drugs | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
We're talking about 2 and 3 year-olds here.

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Cali Estes's curator insight, September 17, 10:34 PM

Babies given scripts at such a young age, will we see a new breed of addict soon? Cali Estes The Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 18, 1:50 AM

The old adage "First do no harm" seems to have been lost sight of regarding medicating young people. -Lon

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.
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There should be alternative paths to teaching for individuals with college degrees, especially in math, science & technical skill areas.  The caveat is that these job candidates must pass some sort of content area test, showcase their knowledge of the curriculum development & student assessment processes and demonstrate classroom management skills during the hiring process. Frankly, I don't believe classroom management skills are a given without hours upon hours of observation and practice. And I also agree that the for-profit model, as in charter school operations, doesn't fare very well.  However, the independent schools have used "content specialists" with college degrees for decades with enormous success.  If the higher education schools consistently provided top-shelf teacher candidates, the issue would dissolve all by itself. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 15, 10:06 PM

It is likely we need to rethink the way teachers are prepared for the classroom, but no preparation is not an option. We already are losing many teachers and the challenges are changing rapidly.

 

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Linda Alexander's comment, September 16, 11:00 PM
Ivon, I agree with you! Faculty retention is a growing problem.
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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Apple’s leader limited his children’s screen time, and a surprising number of other technology executives do too.
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We've read about tech leaders strictly limiting access in their homes (and selecting the low-tech Waldorf Schools), yet another article with additional, helpful information.  Children under 10 are the most susceptible to becoming addicted.  Some parents limit text messaging to Snapchat (as it deletes your messages).   

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 13, 11:26 AM

This begs a question. Why the hard sell of digital technologies in public Schools? It contradicts what is happening in other settings i.e. Silicon Valley execs send children to Waldorf Schools.

 

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Yes, Ivon, I agree with you...
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Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing

Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
To learn how to study, start by bombing a pretest.
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Fascinating  article and new research on testing...

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Conservatives Are Furious Over the Mildest Revisions to the AP U.S. History Exam

Conservatives Are Furious Over the Mildest Revisions to the AP U.S. History Exam | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
In 2010, Virginia gave a new history textbook to its fourth-graders: Our Virginia: Past and Present. Written by Joy Masoff—an author, but not a trained historian—she deals with the usual founding facts of commonwealth history: Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Thomas Jefferson, and the Revolution. But when Masoff gets to the Civil...
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It is always fascinating to read about such dramatically opposing worldviews!

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Pimps use social media to lure at-risk teens into prostitution

Pimps use social media to lure at-risk teens into prostitution | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Parents should be alert to the fact pimps in Texas use social media to recruit young girls, with the likelihood it's happening elsewhere.

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To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services

To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Poor students don’t just need teachers. They need social workers.
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Huge fan of the community school model (or wrap-around services).  Funding streams and a whole system's perspective are the primary  roadblocks. 

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The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
By: Salman Khan
Join the #YouCanLearnAnything movement


My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word
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Well, I've already messed up by telling my children they're smart...too late to change that!  I have intuitively understood, however, that the brain is a muscle and that IQ/intelligence is not fixed.  So, I get 1 point for that!

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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.
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Amen! It doesn't matter what education sector, it's all about building trusting and caring relationships. 

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NY TIMES: Where We Came From, State by State

NY TIMES: Where We Came From, State by State | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.
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Interactive maps that show where most folks arrived from state-by-state.  Just plug yours in at the bottom.  Interesting!

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Severe obesity in kids on the rise

Severe obesity in kids on the rise | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The decline of childhood obesity rates seen in a couple of recent studies may be nothing more than an illusion, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.
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Anthony Fazzary's curator insight, August 13, 7:52 PM

Dont always go by studies..... Go by actions and lifestyles... What lifestyle are you offerring your child?