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Learning to overcome fear is difficult for teens

Learning to overcome fear is difficult for teens | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A new study shows that adolescents' reactions to threat remain high even when the danger is no longer present.
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Basic Personality Patterns in Children

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This article reviews 5 basic personality patterns in children: highly sensitive, self-absorbed, defiant, inattentive and active/aggressive.

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Does The Internet Make You Dumb? Top German Neuroscientist Says Yes - And Forever

Does The Internet Make You Dumb? Top German Neuroscientist Says Yes - And Forever | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

According to his study, many young people today use more than one medium at a time: they place calls while playing computer games or writing e-mails. That means that some of them are packing 8.5 hours of media use per day into 6.5 hours. Multitasking like this comes at the cost of concentration – experiments by American researchers have established this. And to Spitzer, those results mean just one thing: "Multitasking is not something we should be encouraging in future generations."
Because everything a person does leaves traces in the brain. When development is optimum, memory links are formed and built on during the first months and years of life, and the structure adds up to a kind of basic foundation for everything else we learn. Scientists call this ability of the brain to adjust to new challenges “neuroplasticity.” It is one of the reasons for the evolutionary success of the human species. Spitzer also sees it as a source of present danger.
When drivers depend exclusively on their navigation technology, they do not develop the ability to orient themselves, although of course the brain offers them the possibility of learning how to do so. The same applies to children who use electronic styluses on a SMART board instead of learning how to write -- the brain is kept in check. And because computers take over many classrooms and other functions that are actually good practice for kids, "it inevitably has a negative effect on learning," Spitzer argues.

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The Missing Alphabet: A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids

The future will belong to children with innovative minds. Which is why this team of education experts have drawn on their decades of applied research in creativity, individuality, play, and media to craft an engaging guide for parents who understand that creative thinking skills are no longer a luxury, but a necessity for success in the new, grown-up world of work.

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What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain?

What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain? | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

The amount of digital media exposure we’re getting, even among the tiniest infants, just keeps growing. Half of all children under the age of 8 have access to a touch-screen device, whether smartphone or tablet, at home, and half of infants under 1 year watch TV or videos--an average of almost two hours a day. The educational app field is seeing massive growth with 80% of educational apps in the iPad store targeted to young children. But research, says one expert, is lagging far behind practice.

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Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms

Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

There are collaboration zones, houses-within-houses, and a slew of other features that are designed to foster “curiosity and creativity.” That’s according to Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden. Their most recent school, Telefonplan School (see photos below) in Stockholm, could very well be the school of the future.


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Why We Need a Universal Language for Creativity in Classrooms

Why We Need a Universal Language for Creativity in Classrooms | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Every year, NRBLB holds a design challenge where the best and the brightest in the creative industries dream up ideas that we turn into actions. The problems we'll face in the next hundred years will be radically different from the last 100. The reality is schools are preparing children for the 21st century with a 19th century model. Creativity and innovation in classrooms is directly related to the ability to cope with issues never before seen or encountered. The progress of the global marketplace and our culture's ability to endure is also directly related to our ability to break through conventional thinking. Creativity lies at the core of all that. It is also missing where needed most—in classrooms.


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Pacifiers may have emotional consequences for boys

Pacifiers may have emotional consequences for boys | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Pacifiers may stunt the emotional development of baby boys by robbing them of the opportunity to try on facial expressions during infancy.
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The science of teaching

The science of teaching | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

The problem with traditional lectures….

… is that they hold the mind captive, whereas in fact the mind needs to wander to address problems. A ‘real problem’ is knowing where you want to get to, but not knowing how to get there. Science applies a known procedure to an unknown answer, whereas in our teaching we very often mark/measure students’ understanding by marking their answers rather than their procedures. A lot of assessment is simply regurgitation, rather than a measure of understanding.

The brain stores models not facts. To learn we need cognitive dissonance (Piaget).

Lectures don’t allow us time to make connections and reflect, or to register cognitive dissonance.

We need to build ‘speed bumps’ into lectures, to slow them down and allow time for sense-making.

Research on students’ neurological activity shows that they are more ‘asleep’ when they are in a traditional lecture than when they actually are asleep.

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Second-hand smoking affects neurodevelopment in babies

Second-hand smoking affects neurodevelopment in babies | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A new study shows that newborns that have been exposed to nicotine from both active and passive smoking mothers show poor physiological, sensory, motor and attention responses.
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Networked Learning at the core of a new report on Innovating Pedagogy

Networked Learning at the core of a new report on Innovating Pedagogy | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
In the spirit of the NMC Horizon reports, a group of scholars at the Open University has prepared a thorough and thoughtful analysis of what is coming in pedagogy.     The 36 report is available he...

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Parental divorce linked to stroke in males

Men with divorced parents are significantly more likely to suffer a stroke than men from intact families, shows a new study.
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How early social deprivation impairs long-term cognitive function

A growing body of research shows that children who suffer severe neglect and social isolation have cognitive and social impairments as adults. A study from Boston Children's Hospital shows, for the first time, how these functional impairments arise: Social isolation during early life prevents the cells that make up the brain's white matter from maturing and producing the right amount of myelin, the fatty "insulation" on nerve fibers that helps them transmit long-distance messages within the brain.

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Teaching Empathy Crucial

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A new skill set to improve the old one.... psychologists, neuroscientists, economists and educators have envisioned a new direction for education emphasizing on a different set of qualities, that are—for a lack of a better term—“non-cognitive skills.” In other words: soft skills or social skills. It’s empathy. And empathy pays off, according to researchers at McGill University in Montreal. .. Empathy can help reduce the damaging effects of repeated stress in human children—like it did for the rat pups in the McGill University laboratory—which seems to suggest that empathy has tremendous implications for achievement, both socially and intellectually. Empathy isn’t just something for youth, either. It’s a skill that can transform a community and build social capital.


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"I'm Lovin' It": Fast-Food Logos 'Imprinted' in Children's Brains, Study Says

"I'm Lovin' It": Fast-Food Logos 'Imprinted' in Children's Brains, Study Says | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A study has found that fast-food logos are branded into the minds of children from an early age.
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Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

Pedagogy of Freedom is a stirring culmination of Paulo Freire’s life work. It is in no way a conclusion or a summation: it is a text that urges its readers to become, to reach towards still untapped possibility. The themes of Freire’s earlier writing are extended here into thoughtful explorations of ethics and democracy and the ways in which they may release a sense of agency in the long exploited and cruelly silenced. Moreover, he has new things to say about ideology and freedom in a world marked by a threatening ‘globalization’ and an unprecedented manipulation by media. As before, he speaks of ‘passion,’ ‘love,’ and ‘caring;’ and, each time he does so, it is as if his hand grasps each one of our shoulders, urging us on and on.

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Empathy and Education: Cultivating Compassion Skills in Children - ParentMap

Empathy and Education: Cultivating Compassion Skills in Children - ParentMap | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

When parents, teachers and experts talk about education, what typically come up are subjects like reading, writing, arithmetic. But research shows that growing the heart is key to the development of an altruistic, empathetic, kind human being.

 

Our resource-rich September cover feature story explores the Charter for Compassion, which seeks to literalize the Golden Rule, not simply as a statement of principle, but as a summons to people and educators all over the world to take creative, practical, and sustained action to create a just economy and a more peaceful world.


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Epigenetics: Mother's nutrition -- before pregnancy -- may alter function of her children's genes

Epigenetics: Mother's nutrition -- before pregnancy -- may alter function of her children's genes | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A pregnant mom's diet affects her child's health. Now, new research in mice suggests that what mom ate before pregnancy is also important.
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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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What do you think the 10 characteristics of a highly effective learning environment are? This post says an environment is "highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning." Read this post to learn more. Each characteristic listed also includes an explanation. Characteristics listed include:

* The students ask questions - good questions.

* Questions are valued over answers.

* Ideas come from a variety of sources.

* Learning is personalized by a variety of criteria.


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KARE Givers: Interculturalism- Engaging Diverse Communities

Kids from every corner of the globe attend Canadian schools; simply acknowledging this multiculturalism isn't good enough anymore. This educator asserts the need to move beyond a reciprocal appreciation of our differences toward an intercultural perspective that maximizes the social, emotional and academic potential of every student. We do this by fostering and teaching intercultural competence... the ability to effectively communicate with and learn from people of other cultures. This author introduces the Hope Wheel; an action oriented learning tool designed to support the development of respect, understanding, relationships and responsibility as students become interdependent travellers on the journey toward socio-cultural and academic competence. To help prepare our children for the realities of their future, and to function more productively within the realities of the present, educators must embrace the diversity of our world and do everything they can to help kids connect with and learn from each other.

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Higher levels of BPA in children and teens significantly associated with obesity

Higher levels of BPA in children and teens significantly associated with obesity | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Researchers have revealed a significant association between obesity and children and adolescents with higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical recently banned by the U.S.
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Why School - If you care about education - Please read this book

Why School - If you care about education - Please read this book | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Will Richardson has written a new very short book that I think offers us the maximum clarity for the struggle that is going on in education today. Is school a simple matter of passing tests or is it a place where our children learn to learn?

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Skills Gap? Employers and Colleges Point Fingers at Each Other

With the liberal arts “you get to exercise your whole brain,” says Lafley, who graduated with a history degree from Hamilton College. “Inductively reasoning in the science courses, deductively reasoning in some of the philosophy and humanities courses, abductively reasoning in design. You understand inquiry. You understand advocacy.”

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Keeping mom and baby together after delivery beneficial

“Rooming in,” keeping mother and her newborn in the same room 24/7 to encourage breastfeeding, does support the practice, at least in the short term, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.
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Children of immigrants are coming out ahead of their peers, U.S. study finds

Children of immigrants are outperforming children whose family trees have deeper roots in the United States, learning more in school and then making smoother transitions into adulthood, according to sociologists.
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