TOOLKIT FOR PARENTS
Why Children Aren't Behaving, and What You Can Do about It:
Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior. That's the argument Katherine Reynolds Lewis makes in her new parenting book, The Good News About Bad Behavior. "We face a crisis of self-regulation," Lewis writes. And by "we," she means parents and teachers who struggle daily with difficult behavior from the children in their lives. Click HERE to read more.
30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of How Was Your Day:
How many times have you asked your child, "How was your day?" only to receive the dreaded, "Fine" as a response? Click HERE for a cute article on other questions to engage your student in conversation.
Want Creative, Curious, Healthier Children with 21st Century Skills? Let Them Play:
The most powerful way children learn isn't only in classrooms or libraries but rather on playgrounds and in playrooms, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In fact, a new AAP report states, "The importance of playful learning for children cannot be overemphasized." Click HERE to read more about the importance of play for children.
The Overprotected American Child:
"Why not let them walk to school alone? Parents and communities are figuring out ways to give their children more independence -and it just may help them to become less anxious, more self-reliant adults." Click HERE to read more.
How Being a Lawn-Mower Parent Will Only Set Your Kid Up for Failure
Lawn mower parenting: What is it? Lawn mower parenting: A look at a new trend in parenting and how it is different from helicopter parenting. Click HERE to read this opinion piece by Dr. Kevin Leman from Fox News.
Why Executive Function Is a Vital Stepping-Stone for Kids' Ability to Learn:
Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. Some research, like Carol Dweck’s on growth mindset or Angela Duckworth’s on grit, quickly became catch phrases among educators. At the same time, critics have pushed back against the notion that students underperform only because of cognitive deficits, pointing to an equally pressing need for big changes to teaching practice. Many teachers are trying to combine the research about cognitive skills with more effective teaching practices. They are finding that whether students are working on self-directed projects or worksheets, executive functioning skills are important. Click HERE to read more.
The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us
Two arts education luminaries reflect on their work and what's ahead. Click HERE to read more.
The Most Important Skill for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy:
For those keeping count, the world is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. That’s the term coined by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to describe a time when new technologies blur the physical, digital and biological boundaries of our lives.
Every generation confronts the challenges of preparing its kids for an uncertain future. Now, for a world that will be shaped by technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing and bioengineering, how should society prepare its current students (and tomorrow’s workforce)?
Click HERE to continue reading this article by Tony Wan.
How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading:
"Even though Laura Baumert’s son Andrew can choose whatever book he likes for the 20-minutes daily sustained silent reading program at his middle school, he still finds reading a chore.
Over the years, the sixth grader from Washington, Michigan, has been on the receiving end of various incentives to gently nudge him into doing more reading: his elementary school used reading logs and rewards for time spent reading, and at home he is allowed to stay up 30 minutes past his bedtime if he reads an actual book. But so far nothing has done the trick, and Andrew rarely reads of his own volition."
Click HERE to continue reading this article by Holly Korbey.
How Empowering Girls to Confront Conflict and Buck Perfection Helps Their Well-Being:
Girls and boys have always grown up with cultural and societal stereotypes swirling around them. Despite the unparalleled access to opportunities that young women have today compared with the past, many are still absorbing strong messages about how they should look, act and be. For girls, many of the most powerful influences come from the media, but young girls could find relief among the real people in their lives. Social media has changed the game, requiring educators and parents to also change strategies to help girls navigate complicated waters.
There's nothing I talk about practicing with girls that doesn’t also apply to boys,” said Simone Marean, CEO of Girls Leadership, a nonprofit working to help girls find and raise their voices. Marean spoke at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California.
Click HERE to continue reading this article by Katrina Schwartz.
Homework Help for Math:
We have found a wonderful resource that allows you to choose your student's grade level, the module they are working on, and the lesson number. Then, you can look at sample homework, video taped lessons, and other resources. This resource comes from Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Click HERE to utilize this awesome site!
Note-Taking: A Research Round-Up:
Watch this great podcast about the importance of note-taking.
Click HERE to view it.
Drawing in Math:
We hear a lot of parents say "I see my child drawing a lot in math class... what gives?"
Check out this video HERE.
Why Did the Approach to Teaching Math Change with Common Core?
"This is actually a really good question, and it goes to the heart of the large backlash against Common Core. I can’t tell you how often I have dealt with snarky or enraged parents who vent about “Common Core math” and how awful it is. It’s even indirectly addressed in The Incredibles 2."
Click HERE to read more.
Dyslexia and the Wider World of Creativity and Talent:
The act of reading is a relatively recent phenomenon that was developed over time by humans. Since there are no reading genes or reading center of the brain, humans must learn to read by themselves, training their brain to forge the connections of disparate parts to form the circuitry that allows us to read and write. Reading well can be a sign of intelligence, except when it isn’t, which is often the case for the 5-20 percent of students who have by far the most common form of learning disability, dyslexia.
Click HERE to continue reading this article by Bryan M. Mathers.