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Parents – How to Help Your Child Love Reading Over the Summer

Parents – How to Help Your Child Love Reading Over the Summer | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it

Now with warmer temperatures and summer beckoning for the Northern Hemisphere comes the real test; will kids keep reading over the summer?

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What I believe about teaching and education.
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Perspective | Our 6-year-old has a fun, comfortable life. Why isn’t she grateful?

Perspective | Our 6-year-old has a fun, comfortable life. Why isn’t she grateful? | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
We try to teach her gratitude. All we get is attitude.
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Oh dear, even people with neuroscience training believe an awful lot of brain myths

Oh dear, even people with neuroscience training believe an awful lot of brain myths | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
Participants who'd taken many courses in neuroscience endorsed nearly half of all brain myths, on average. By Christian Jarrett
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To the parents of children who stare at my disabled daughter

To the parents of children who stare at my disabled daughter | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
My goal here is not to raise awareness about the medical side of Trisomy-18—if you’ve read to this point, you’ve come close to the end of my knowledge—but rather to consider the manner in which you are most likely to encounter a child with Trisomy-18; out and about with your own child.
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wonderful post about being open
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Turning the Teaching Over to Students

Turning the Teaching Over to Students | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it

Every quarter I lead 50 college undergraduates in an inquiry-based course called "Teaching as a Profession." My students are not teachers. At least, not yet. 

Student teachers plan an inquiry lesson on the effect of poverty on education.

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great idea to understand the different starting points of students and what hampers learning
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The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play!

The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play! | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
“Think about your own 10 best memories of childhood, and chances are most of them involve free play outdoors,” Mike is fond of saying. “How many of them took place with a grown-up around? I remember that when the grown-ups came over, we stopped playing and waited for them to go away. But moms nowadays never go away.”
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Let them play, trust them, let them figure it out
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Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus

Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
Often we teach them how to form letters based on the ones they see in their earliest reading books. And then we tell them that they must learn this hard-won skill all over again, using “joined-up” script. Yet there is no evidence that cursive has any benefits over other handwriting styles, such as manuscript, where the letters aren’t joined, for the majority of children with normal development.
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long article; pro teaching handwriting but questioning the benefit of having to learn cursive
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31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
So, what are some of the things kids could be doing in those hours between the end of the school day and bed time? Science and research say these work.
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An inquiry into homework

An inquiry into homework | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
It comes as no surprise that the issue of homework in elementary classrooms is quite the hot topic these days. In thinking about starting my year back in the classroom I decided that I - like many other teachers around the world -was going to outlaw homework! ... then I began to reflect on my decision and wondered…
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balanced view: she now offers both options, families had to make a choice.
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The Real Reason Why Kids Fidget -- And What We Can Do About It

The Real Reason Why Kids Fidget -- And What We Can Do About It | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
The problem: kids are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees and spinning in circles just for fun. Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are things of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues and the hectic schedules of modern-day society. Let’s face it: Children are not moving nearly enough, and it is really starting to become a problem.
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kids need to move! mostly problems with core muscles which help them sit upright and with balancing
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11 Things Empty Nesters Want Parents Of Little Kids To Know

11 Things Empty Nesters Want Parents Of Little Kids To Know | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it

"You think you’ll remember every key moment of your kids’ lives — but you won’t. Oddly enough, I can recall the theme song to “Gilligan’s Island” but I find it nearly impossible to draw out of cold storage a memory of my oldest kid’s first bike ride.

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lovely post about the important times to share and record
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As a Boy, I Was Obsessed With the Baby-Sitters Club Books. I Have No Regrets.

As a Boy, I Was Obsessed With the Baby-Sitters Club Books. I Have No Regrets. | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
I felt like I had just hit the jackpot. My mom looked a little concerned. Even in my progressive community in suburban Maryland, the world of babysitting was considered an eccentric and perhaps worrisome interest for a little boy.
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boy books vs. girl books; shouldn't kids just read what they like?
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Is Listening to an Audio book "Cheating?"

Is Listening to an Audio book "Cheating?" | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it

"Des your mind do more or less the same thing when you listening to an audio book and when you read print?”

The short answer is “mostly.”

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according to research it's not 'cheating' but can be helpful to children who struggle with fluency
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This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing

This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing
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article describing how social media are just part of life; personally I find it seems to create a lot of pressure
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The Sugar High Is Actually Just a Parenting Myth

The Sugar High Is Actually Just a Parenting Myth | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
If kids seem hyper after eating sugary snacks, it’s just because adults are primed to see them that way.
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Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

The different ways that parents are handling their kids’ use of tech is creating three distinct types of tech users, says Alexandra Samuel.
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Principles and practices of effective homework

Principles and practices of effective homework | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
Homework can have quite a negative reputation.  It is often the source of familial tension as parents make sure their little ones have done it, not to mention the effect on workload of teachers. When it is done well, homework can undoubtedly have a positive effect on learning.  The EEF states that effective homework is associated with short, focused tasks which relate directly to what is being taught and is built upon in school.  It also recognises the importance of parental involvement.  With these conditions in mind, here is a set of principles and practices for making homework as effective as possible.
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homework under the following conditions so that they have an effect
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A gold star to any parent who rebels against homework | Tom Bennett

A gold star to any parent who rebels against homework | Tom Bennett | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it

Some homework is useful, and some is not. One thing that amazed me when I entered teaching was how much homework appeared to be entirely mad, and set for little purpose beyond bureaucracy. Writing a poem about how you felt about litter was one of my favourites, but there were countless other examples. Writing a letter from Jesus about what it was like to be on the cross. Making “wanted” posters for Mr Hyde for English teachers. Colouring in the Great Fire of London for history.

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Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction?

Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction? | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite. Researchers now believe that when people learn another language, they develop cognitive advantages that improve their attention, self-control and ability to deal with conflicting information.
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Ideas of “Giftedness” Hurt Students

Ideas of “Giftedness” Hurt Students | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
The research showing that when teachers hold ideas of “giftedness” it hurts women and some students of color is extremely important for K-12 classrooms as well as universities. For if such ideas are harmful for PhD students we know they will be as or more damaging to younger students.
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labels of giftedness encourage a fixed mindset and do not help students; also, certain groups are expected to not perform well
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Giving Kids 'Veto Power’ Over a Parent’s Facebook Posts

Giving Kids 'Veto Power’ Over a Parent’s Facebook Posts | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
All those Facebook photos are cute—but how are they affecting the kids?
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how much should parents really share bout their kids? What about kids' privacy?
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Will It Help or Hurt to Review Scores With My First Grader?

Will It Help or Hurt to Review Scores With My First Grader? | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
“What I’m saying is, when we treat grades and scores and accolades and awards as the purpose of childhood, all in furtherance of some hoped-for admission to a tiny number of colleges or entrance to a small number of careers, that that’s too narrow a definition of success for our kids.” (Julie Lythcott-Haims‘ TED Talk)
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a teacher mother wondering about how to best appreciate her child's G1 report; the numbers don't mean anything to the little girl
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Fortress of Tedium: What I Learned as a Substitute Teacher.

Fortress of Tedium: What I Learned as a Substitute Teacher. | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
A novelist’s education in the classroom.
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My Son Is Almost 3 and Doesn’t Talk. Reading to Him Has Helped Me Understand Him.

My Son Is Almost 3 and Doesn’t Talk. Reading to Him Has Helped Me Understand Him. | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
Childhood apraxia is a disorder in which the brain doesn’t properly “speak” to the mouth. The kid has an understanding of language, but there’s a disjunction between what the head can comprehend and what the mouth is capable of doing due to some somewhat mysterious neurological misfiring.
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about parents' anxiety when the child does not speak and how books can help
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My Kids Read Only Subliterary Branded Commodities. Yours Probably Do, Too!

My Kids Read Only Subliterary Branded Commodities. Yours Probably Do, Too! | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it

"When I take my kids to the library or bookstore, the books they gravitate to are not the ones that promise to sensitively represent their inner landscapes. They are the ones with trucks or princesses or superheroes on the covers."

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should we let children read what they want - YES
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Why (some) parents don’t vaccinate

Why (some) parents don’t vaccinate | All about Teaching and Education | Scoop.it
Public anger at parents who don't vaccinate their kids can be brutal -- and can alienate caring parents. How to have a better conversation.
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does not condemn parents but explains why herd immunity is important
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