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.
Really? Really! How our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean Based on How They're Said:
It's not just what you say that matters. It's how you say it.
Take the phrase, "Here's Johnny." When Ed McMahon used it to introduce Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, the words were an enthusiastic greeting. But in The Shining, Jack Nicholson used the same two words to convey murderous intent.
Now scientists are reporting in the journal Science that they have identified specialized brain cells that help us understand what a speaker really means. These cells do this by keeping track of changes in the pitch of the voice.
"We found that there were groups of neurons that were specialized and dedicated just for the processing of pitch," says Dr. Eddie Chang, a professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.
Click HERE to read the rest of the article by Jon Hamilton.
Are There Apps That Can Help My Kid with Organization and Routines:
There are many apps to help kids with these important skills. To be organized and follow routines, kids need to master certain skills, including some executive function skills. Calendaring apps, visual schedulers, and storyboarding apps can be customized with events and activities from your kid's life. They can help kids keep track of and finish work on time, make plans, wait to speak until they're called on, and even change their minds and make mid-course corrections.
Click HERE to view the list by Common Sense Media.
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.
Think You're Bad at Math? You May Suffer from Math Trauma:
"I teach people how to teach math, and I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I’ve met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.When people share their stories with me, there are common themes. These include someone telling them they were “not good at math,” panicking over timed math tests, or getting stuck on some math topic and struggling to move past it. The topics can be as broad as fractions or an entire class, such as Algebra or Geometry."
Click HERE to read the rest of the article by Jennifer Ruef.
Why Stepping Back Can Empower Kids in an Anxious World:
Rates of anxiety and depression among teens in the U.S. have been rising for years. According to one study, nearly one in three adolescents (ages 13-18) now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder, and in the latest results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 32 percent of teens reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.
And there's more bad news, grown-ups: The authors of two new parenting books believe you're part of the problem.
Click HERE to read the article by Cory Turner.