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Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists. Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists.

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning style approach among some teachers. They say it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning. The group opposes the theory that learning is more effective if pupils are taught using an individual approach identified as their personal “learning style”. Today: Teaching Coding Through Storytelling. The Kindergarten Smorgasboard: A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Balanced Math Routine!

Happy Tuesday!!

The Kindergarten Smorgasboard: A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Balanced Math Routine!

Another successful day in kindergarten! Today we had our first day of doing our word study independently! And....SUCCESS!!! I love when things work out so well! Recently I did a series of posts about my literacy routines and sight words routines and I had a lot of questions about my math block. We follow the balanced math model which has four components: mental math, math review, concept lesson and closure. Why Singapore has the smartest kids in the world. The country's academic success has helped it become a thriving economy, and the way it has built its education system could hold lessons for the rest of the world.

Why Singapore has the smartest kids in the world

"Singapore is a fascinating case," said Marc Tucker, the president of the U.S. National Center on Education and the Economy. "[It] was a major British port before the Second World War. When Britain got out and closed its base Singapore was in terrible shape. Quadrivium. The quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.

Quadrivium

These followed the preparatory work of the trivium made up of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In turn, the quadrivium was considered preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy (sometimes called the "liberal art par excellence")[6] and theology. Origins[edit] Young readers prefer printed books. A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens.

Young readers prefer printed books

More than that, though, they find ebooks and printed books complementary. Printed books are good for protracted reading and comprehension. Ebooks are good for subsequent reference and convenient access. I started arguing this in 2008, and it certainly reflects my own experience. The future composts the past. By the same token, books are becoming more booklike. The Washington Post report on the book is interesting, if problematic for its use of the loathsome phrase "digital native".

The preference for print over digital can be found at independent bookstores such as the Curious Iguana in downtown Frederick, Md., where owner Marlene England said millennials regularly tell her they prefer print because it’s “easier to follow stories.” Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society. By Maria Popova “It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.”

Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

Isaac Asimov was an extraordinary mind and spirit — the author of more than 400 science and science fiction books and a tireless advocate of space exploration, he also took great joy in the humanities (and once annotated Lord Byron’s epic poem “Don Juan”), championed humanism over religion, and celebrated the human spirit itself (he even wrote young Carl Sagan fan mail). Like many of the best science fiction writers, he was as exceptional at predicting the future as he was at illuminating some of the most timeless predicaments of the human condition. In a 1988 interview with Bill Moyers, found in Bill Moyers: A World of Ideas (public library) — the same remarkable tome that gave us philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how to live with our human fragility — Asimov explores several subjects that still stir enormous cultural concern and friction.

Cognitive map. A cognitive map (also: mental map or mental model) is a type of mental representation which serves an individual to acquire, code, store, recall, and decode information about the relative locations and attributes of phenomena in their everyday or metaphorical spatial environment.

Cognitive map

The concept was introduced by Edward Tolman in 1948.[1] Cognitive maps have been studied in various fields, such as psychology, education, archaeology, planning, geography, cartography, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, management and history.[2] As a consequence, these mental models are often referred to, variously, as cognitive maps, mental maps, scripts, schemata, and frames of reference.

Cognitive maps serve the construction and accumulation of spatial knowledge, allowing the "mind's eye" to visualize images in order to reduce cognitive load, enhance recall and learning of information. Neurological basis[edit] Cognitive mapping is believed to largely be a function of the hippocampus. What Are You Learning? Welcome to Soul Speak!

What Are You Learning?

If you’re ready to slow down for a moment, listen to your inner wisdom, push through your fears, and support others on the same journey, you’re in the right place! Click above to receive these Soul-Connection Tools for free! It seems the older I get, the more I realize how little I truly know. It seems silly to admit this – especially since we’re always learning and growing and experiencing and taking so much into our hearts and our minds at any given moment.

And yet, I am constantly humbled by how much I still don’t know. I find that so exciting! I thought it would be fun to share some of what I’ve been learning recently and then invite you to share what you’re learning as well. 20 Teen and Tween Conversation Starters. How was your day?

20 Teen and Tween Conversation Starters

Fine. 5 Reasons Why Music Classes are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids - Dads Round Table. Nothing useful going on here. cough cough.

5 Reasons Why Music Classes are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids - Dads Round Table

A friend of mine mentioned to me a few days ago that at his local high school in Massachusetts, the school’s private music lessons are scheduled to be shelved for several months.