Katy Somerfield

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Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this blog last year, with readers continuing to click on it, along with related posts, such as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to …

Teaching

8 Good YouTube Channels for Teachers

"The Talks at Google program brings authors, musicians, innovators, and speakers of all stripes to Google for talks centering on their recently …

Building the Perfect Day

We start every day hoping it'll be great, maybe even perfect. But then, after snoozing, commuting, sitting in meetings, and grabbing junk food, we …

Do you read aloud to your kids every day? Because you should

Shares 0<p>Did you know that research shows reading aloud is the single most important thing we can do to prepare our children for learning?<p>March is …

15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

by Saga Briggs<p>What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless …

Pedagogy

Rookie Parenting Mistakes

You know those perfect parents, the one's that get everything right, and their children are little angels? No? Me neither. Show me a parent who …

5 Things Successful Parents Know About Kids And Money

Teaching kids about money is complicated. We want our kids to be responsible savers, but not greedy hoarders. We want them to be generous and philanthropic, but not naïve and idealistic. We want them to be successful, but thanks to 2,000 plus years of meek-shall-inherit-the-earth messaging from a …

Kids

How to Make Your Apartment Look Clean in 5 Minutes

Whether you want to be prepared for a visit from a neighbor or you just need some peace of mind before you walk out of the door, you want your place …

What I Learned In 5 Years of Marriage

I recently had dinner with a friend and one of the first topics that came up was my 5 year wedding anniversary. She asked how my husband was. What came out of my mouth gave her goose bumps she said. I said I loved him more than I ever did when I married him. I meant it.<p>I am first to admit that when …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Student testing: Deciding when enough is enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Do students take too many tests?<p>Given the complaints about a high-stakes testing culture in classrooms, some states are reviewing …

Education

9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time

Some people get their daily dose of cardio by running into every meeting saying, “Sorry I’m late!” While it might seem like chronic lateness is just …

Does Truth Need Defending?

January 8, 2015 by Susan Cottrell<p><i>The gunmen shouted: “The prophet has been avenged!” Why does the prophet need to be avenged?</i><p>We sat glued to the …

Faith

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Sexual Satisfaction

• People who have regular orgasms live longer, seem to have less stress and enjoy lower rates of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and …

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

By Michael Beck, DETAILS<p>It sounds like a bad infomercial: Get ripped in less time! We're conditioned to believe that jaw-dropping, body-transforming results are achieved only by putting in the hours. But if you've been adhering to the muscle-isolating back-and-bi, chest-and-tri gospel, the truth …

The Trick To Making Your Leafy Greens Last 10 Times Longer

With the existence of turducken donuts and grilled cheese fries in the world, eating healthy can sometimes feel like a real struggle. That challenge is only intensified by the fact that <i>every time</i> we want to make a salad the head of lettuce we just bought two days ago is already past its prime. It's …

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us …

The Brain

What It's Really Like to Care for a Dying Parent

There are two things that movies consistently get wrong: sex and death.<p>Just like no real-life sex scene has ever involved seamless, body-fluid-free …

Here's a Secular Alternative to the Ten Commandments

“Pics or it didn’t happen,” the mantra of the Snapchat generation, is a simple but profound reflection of how we think. It reflects a healthy …

15 Damaging Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing

<b>1. There is a single definition of success.</b><p>And it involves an established career, large house, acceptable body shape, marriage and annual holidays.<p>Everyone has their own path to walk in this life, and what brings true meaning and deep fulfillment differs for all of us.<p>Let go of your need to fit to …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways -- so we like to round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy.<p>Our guest curator this week is Kate Hall, co-editor (with Science of Parenthood's Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and …

Talking (Very Frankly) About Sex On Campus

"Losing Your (Concept of) Virginity." "Negotiating Successful Threesomes." "Vagina 101." These aren't your parents' college classes.<p>Consider this a syllabus for Sex Week, a series of workshops, discussions and screenings dedicated to, well, you know what, that are becoming popular — and …

Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis

The symptoms of psychosis were once dismissed as the meaningless product of diseased brains. A new report recommends clinicians take them more seriously<p>“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress …

Who Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More Pass

Let's start with a little word problem. Sixty percent of the nation's 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement.<p>Let Y = the total percentage of community college students …

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.<p>Right now, many people with diabetes have to regularly …

5 Signs You Should See a Doctor for Depression

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

A tour of a pork processing plant takes a hard hat, waterproof boots and a strong stomach.<p>Oh, and hairnets.<p>Americans eat just half of the meat produced by farm animals. So what happens to the rest of the animal? I arrive at the Farmland Food plant in Milan, a factory in northeast Missouri, for a …