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Science says parents of successful kids have these 16 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Kids

Support staff doing teachers' work, says union

<b>Teacher shortages mean classroom support staff are doing work normally done by qualified teachers, suggests a survey of union members.</b><p>Some two-thirds of almost 700 classroom supervisors who responded felt they did the work of supply teachers, says the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.<p>"This can …

Teaching

Why Would a Principal Want to Work in a Teacher-Powered School?

Principals have a tough job, and it's getting tougher. "Very frankly," the late Arlyn Gunderman used to say, based on his experiences as a principal and president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals in 1941-42, "[my role as a principal] is to motivate as much as I can, for …

5 Ways for Teachers to Be Kind to Themselves

Good Friends by Juliana Coutinho via Creative Commons CC BY 2.0<p>When I was in my twenties, I regularly startled awake with terror, grabbed a small paper bag, and hyperventilated into it until I began to feel myself become lightheaded. In my thirties, I went to the emergency room twice for panic …

Childhood obesity is linked to one of the healthiest foods pregnant women can eat

The US Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women eat two or three servings of fish per week, thanks to the animal’s high concentrations of protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Previous studies of women in Europe have found that moderate fish consumption leads to lower risk …

Holistic Medicine

Why veteran teachers aren't surprised young people are shunning the profession

Judging from my email, a lot of California public school teachers are demoralized and questioning their career choices.<p>They're not at all surprised that fewer and fewer college students are going into teaching.<p>My column last week about a growing teacher shortage triggered a barrage of responses. …

Education

Udemy Thinks It's Cracked the Future of Online Education

On the advice of my new writing instructor, I’m penning this story with a focus on clarity, eliminating what he calls “fuzzy thinking.”<p>My teacher, …

Disturbing video of teacher yelling at 1st-grader raises questions about NYC's biggest charter school network

Students in the Success Academy far outperform students in traditional public schools (TPS) in New York City on standardized tests — even students in wealthy zip codes, as Reason has pointed out.<p>But the network has come under increasing scrutiny for the pressure it puts on its students.<p>On Friday, a …

Education

BBC - Earth - How do we know that evolution is really happening?

The idea that species gradually change over many generations is the cornerstone of biology. This is how we know it's true<p>Evolution is one of the greatest theories in all of science. It sets out to explain life: specifically, how the first simple life gave rise to all the huge diversity we see …

Biology

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

The "No Teacher Left Behind Act"

<b>The Every Student Succeeds Act may bring a breath of fresh air to teachers that need it most.</b><p>High off the rush from defending the galaxy, Dan Adiletta finishes playing the video game Halo on the snowy afternoon of Martin Luther King Day. Though it is a holiday from school, Adiletta has work to do …

How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers

Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.<p>At NPR Ed we're just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.<p>We've profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from all over the …

Teaching

Advancing Career Pathways for Kids

Two-thirds of adults do not think students are ready for the world of work once they graduate from high school.<p>That's according to a recent poll in Virginia. Yet according to the same poll, about the same percentage of people - 64 percent - think students are ready for college when they graduate.<p>I …

Education

100 Best DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

It’s almost here! The day of the year associated with the most feels, whether positive or negative. While chocolates and roses are perfectly …

Holidays

Finger tracing can lift student performance in math: Schoolkids who used finger tracing fared better with previously unseen geometry and algebra questions, new research has found

Schoolkids who used finger tracing fared better with previously unseen geometry and algebra questions, new research has found<p>Schoolkids who used …

Apple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout

Apple has just acquired the education technology startup LearnSprout, whose interactive tools and software allows teachers to track students' …

Education Technology

How I Use 'Check For Understanding' Questions In My Teaching

<b>How I Use ‘Check For Understanding’ Questions In My Teaching</b><p>by <b>Dan Henderson</b>, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching<p>As adults we often …

This 11-Year-Old Girl Started A Project To Get More Diverse Books In Schools

"If you have something in common with the characters, you'll always remember and learn a lesson from the book."

Bernie Sanders shuts down teen climate change denier: 'Thank you for your question. You're wrong.'

DES MOINES, IOWA — Bernie Sanders shut down a teenage girl who questioned the existence of manmade global warming on Thursday morning, to the delight …

You Need To Take The New Pottermore Sorting Quiz Immediately

The day we have been waiting for is finally here.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Hilariously Shut Down B.o.B's Argument That The Earth Is Flat

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a national treasure.

The educational strategy that’s turning students into unimaginative robots

Science and math dominate the contemporary educational landscape in the United States. Almost everyone agrees that the country needs to shape workers with the skills to combat global problems like climate change, cancer and ailing infrastructures. There’s just one problem: a single-minded emphasis …

Education

Some Excellent Lesson Plan Templates for Teachers

June 10, 2015<br>A lesson plan is teachers’ roadmap to designing and delivering pedagogically successful lessons. Effective lesson planning also helps …

Education Technology

Internet and Technology Lesson Plans

Basic Computer Skills Curriculum - This is a good place to start if you are teaching students with little or no knowledge of computers. This is for …

Exchanging handwritten letters strengthens children's literacy skills and family ties, new UTA study finds

"Both my students and their family members learned exciting things about one another that are not part of school curriculum, but are worthwhile and …

10 of the Very Best Online Resources for Early Childhood Teachers

I taught preschool for five years. I think I may have learned more in those five years than I did during any of my other 15 years of teaching. …

Teaching

Registration Opens for 'Books From Birth' Program

The D.C. Public library has opened registration for the Books From Birth program, which is set to deliver a free book every month to children under …

Books