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Natures Neurons: Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture?

Natures Neurons: Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? | Technology and Education Resources | Scoop.it

What role do early childhood experiences in nearby nature play in the formation of brain architecture? It’s time for science to ask that question.

 

In January, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “landmark warning that toxic stress can harm children for life.” This was, he wrote, a “’policy statement’ from the premier association of pediatricians, based on two decades of scientific research,” and he added that the statement “has revolutionary implications for medicine and for how we can more effectively chip away at poverty and crime.”

 

From conception through early childhood, brain architecture is particularly malleable and influenced by environment and relationships with primary caregivers, including toxic stress caused by abuse or chronic neglect. By interfering with healthy brain development, such stress can undermine the cognitive skills and health of a child, leading to learning difficulty and behavior problems, as well as psychological and behavior problems, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other physical ailments later in life.


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Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, August 3, 2012 12:42 PM
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The Fallacy of Good Grades | Psychology Today

The Fallacy of Good Grades | Psychology Today | Technology and Education Resources | Scoop.it
Why tests don't measure your child's most important strengths By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D....

 

Even for children who perform well on academic tests, an "A" grade is only one measurement of success. A few things that school testing cannot measure include:

 

- Effort


- Critical thinking


- Creativity


- Collaboration


- Curiosity


- Respect


- Kindness


- Capacity to love


- Social and emotional intelligence


- Honesty


- Open-mindedness


- Initiative

 

Read more:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201108/the-fallacy-good-grades

 

 

 

 


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When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier

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Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...

 

How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?


I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!

 

Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201107/when-students-are-inspired-they-and-their-teachers-are-happier

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 1:51 AM
1. Explain. Some recent research shows that many students do poorly on assignments or in participation because they do not understand what to do or why they should do it. Teachers should spend more time explaining why we teach what we do, and why the topic or approach or activity is important and interesting and worthwhile.
2. Reward. Students who do not yet have powerful intrinsic motivation to learn can be helped by extrinsic motivators in the form of rewards. Rather than criticizing unwanted behaviour or answers, reward correct behaviour and answers.
3. Care. Students respond with interest and motivation to teachers who appear to be human and caring.
4. Have students participate. One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning.
5. Teach Inductively.
6. Satisfy students' needs. Attending to need satisfaction is a primary method of keeping students interested and happy.
7. Make learning visual. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.
8. Use positive emotions to enhance learning and motivation. Strong and lasting memory is connected with the emotional state and experience of the learner.

Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 1:52 AM
Also, we have a large number of WEB 2.0 tools for free use in our class.
Gust MEES's comment, July 5, 2012 2:08 AM
@Konstantinos Kalemis,

Hi,
Thanks for your comment, much appreciated...

have a nice day :-)
Gust
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The Fallacy of Good Grades | Psychology Today

The Fallacy of Good Grades | Psychology Today | Technology and Education Resources | Scoop.it
Why tests don't measure your child's most important strengths By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D....

 

Even for children who perform well on academic tests, an "A" grade is only one measurement of success. A few things that school testing cannot measure include:

 

- Effort


- Critical thinking


- Creativity


- Collaboration


- Curiosity


- Respect


- Kindness


- Capacity to love


- Social and emotional intelligence


- Honesty


- Open-mindedness


- Initiative

 

Read more:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201108/the-fallacy-good-grades

 

 

 

 


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