The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain. My Catholic school third grade teacher was extremely tough on me.
Her biggest gripe was my handwriting, which looks more like an EKG scan than penmanship. For years, I harbored not-so-fond memories of her, but now I know that her strictness about penmanship was actually helping my brain develop. Student Has Amazing Breakthrough By Doing What Teacher Says. John Man is a young violinist who has been struggling for years to overcome his limitations as a musician.
Though graced with some talent and a degree of innate musicality, Man has always found it difficult to play with the sort of polish and professional mastery shown by his colleagues. “I tried just playing the way I want over and over and over again, hoping that it would get better,” he said. “It never did! It was like, the more I played it the same way the more it would sound the same. A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned. The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building.
Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. How Reading Logs Can Kill The Love Of Reading. It is well documented that the benefits of regular reading are profound.
Studies have shown that reading improves everything from a person’s language, academic, speech, communication, and writing skills to reducing stress, improving concentration, expanding vocabulary, and allowing us to be lost in another world. Reading is relaxing entertainment that grows brains! Given the power of this one activity to significantly change a person’s life, it is not surprising that teachers try to encourage their students to read by asking them to complete reading logs. Unfortunately, though, with a teacher’s good intentions notwithstanding, forcing a person to complete a reading log can actually do the opposite of what it is intended to do. Working to support and nurture the rights and needs of young children. Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today. The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011.
The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. The 6 Worst Things People Say to or Around Kids - My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me - Karl Taro Greenfeld. What happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter's nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week Charles Gullung Memorization, not rationalization.
Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain : NPR Ed. Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California.
The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to "play wild. " David Gilkey/NPR hide caption itoggle captionDavid Gilkey/NPR Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to "play wild. " 5 Simple Office Policies That Make Danish Workers Way More Happy Than Americans. You will often see Denmark listed in surveys as the "happiest country on the planet.
" Interestingly Danes are not only happy at home, they're also happy at work. According to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in Denmark. The U.S.? Not so much. Here's just one data point: a recent Gallup poll found that 18% of American workers are actively disengaged, meaning they are "emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive. "
Summary Path to a Better Future.pdf. This 14-Year-Old Girl's Already Got Colleges Asking After Her, All Thanks To Her Unexpected Hobby. Are Multiplayer Games the Future of Education? - Melanie Plenda. A new classroom approach tries to bring more competition into the classroom.
It was just supposed to be a quick trip to Beijing, a touristy group thing to take in the sights. It wasn't supposed to go down like this. There wasn't supposed to be a lost manuscript; the travelers weren't supposed to turn on each other. The only good, if any, to be found in this godforsaken quest, this unholy mission, was that by the end of it, they would all know how to speak Mandarin.
Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today. Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids? Over the past 50-60 years, play time in kids’ lives has been drastically cut.
School days and years are longer and parents often schedule enrichment activities for their children instead of giving them space to direct their own play. Children are rarely given the freedom to direct their own activities, leading to a persistent rise in children feeling that they have no control over their lives. For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters. MartinaK15 By Will Richardson We’re halfway to school when my 14-year-old son remembers a homework assignment he forgot to do for biology class. Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids? Over the past 50-60 years, play time in kids’ lives has been drastically cut.
School days and years are longer and parents often schedule enrichment activities for their children instead of giving them space to direct their own play. Children are rarely given the freedom to direct their own activities, leading to a persistent rise in children feeling that they have no control over their lives. And, while correlation doesn’t prove causation, Dr.
Peter Gray, who has been studying play for years, says there’s strong evidence that in this case, the decline in play is leading to a rise in depression and acute anxiety among young people. Check out his TEDx talk for all the details on this fascinating area of research. One third of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused during their childhood. TORONTO, ON – Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Thirty-five per cent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18. In contrast, seven per cent of those without dyslexia reported that they had experienced childhood physical abuse. “Even after accounting for age, race, sex and other early adversities such as parental addictions, childhood physical abuse was still associated with a six-fold increase in the odds of dyslexia” says co-author Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor and Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair at University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.
Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children, According To New Carnegie Mellon Research-Carnegie Mellon News. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Contact: Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 / firstname.lastname@example.org PITTSBURGH—Maps, number lines, shapes, artwork and other materials tend to cover elementary classroom walls. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that too much of a good thing may end up disrupting attention and learning in young children.
Published in Psychological Science, Carnegie Mellon's Anna V. Fisher, Karrie E. I Knew Education Was Important, But This Blew Me Away. Education Week. Embracing a Different Way to Learn During a recent dinner, a Cornell College mathematics faculty member recounted a moment when he knew that our One Course At A Time curriculum --where students take only one course during each of eight different 18-day terms -- was the most powerful way for students to learn.
A student in his modern algebra class had shared a dream in a voice loud enough to be heard by the entire class. In this dream, mathematics had tied her mother to a tree. This student's attempt at razzing the instructor took an unexpected turn when one-third of the students shared that they too had been having dreams about mathematics and asked what mathematics looked like in her dream. The professor knew then that his class had fully engaged with the materials. The One Course calendar at Cornell College is so immersive that each class truly becomes a part of the student. A Fascinating Way to Put a Stop to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Children. New York Has the Trippiest Reading Exams. The Overprotected Kid. The Power of a Mindful Minute in Schools (and at Home) Public Libraries Are Better Than Congress, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Say Americans - Robinson Meyer.
College Home Pages. The Operating Model That Is Eating The World — on management. He Operating Model That Is Eating The World — on management — Medium. The Worry That Your Unschooler Isn't Learning What He Should Be Learning. Unschoolery. Two decades of work at Yale prove emotions matter in the classroom. The Surprisingly Simple Change That Totally Turned One School Around. Want To Create A Great Education System? Just Do The Opposite Of What America Does. By the Numbers: Dropping Out of High School. The secret to fixing school discipline problems? Change the behavior of adults « ACEs Too High. My 6th Grade Science Teacher Hated My Guts. Doodling Is Good For Your Noodle. Listening to music in the classroom. 5 Things It Turns Out You Were Right to Hate About School. Effects of Bullying Last Into Adulthood, Study Finds.
Cal Newport. 10000 hours. Learning from Wonderful Lives - N. V. K. Baylis. Younglives.com - "How to achieve your goals in life and how to enjoy the journey." Video shows how Walla Walla, WA, high school integrates resilience into school discipline « ACEs Too High. Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — expulsions drop 85% « ACEs Too High.