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The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes …

Study: Montessori Education Erases Income Achievement Gap

New research from the University of Virginia has found that a Montessori preschool education helps typically under-performing low-income students …

Exercise Won't Cure ADHD on Its Own, but It Sure Can't Hurt

The results of a study published this week in <i>Pediatrics</i> reinforced a growing body of research suggesting that physical activity is helpful in …

Ritalin vs. Recess: Are Drugs Really the Answer to the ADHD Epidemic?

When Emma was just six months old, her parents, Kate and Jeff, began to suspect she was different from other infants. At mealtimes, Emma, their first …

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Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests

A 13-year-old eighth grader in upstate New York woke up on Sunday and decided that it would be funny if she designed a standardized test that made fun of standardized tests. (See below) After all, Sophia Stevens was getting ready to take one of the state’s new Common Core-aligned standardized tests …

Education

Trissa Tilson Artwork

About the Artist<p>I draw because I have to. Art is a compulsion, a drive that I can’t shake.<br>It has been this way since as far back as I can remember. …

Life Lessons from Harry Potter and Other Fantasy Novels

<i>(My blog post originally published on the</i> <i>Reading Rainbow Blog</i><i>)</i><p>It has recently been suggested by Graeme Whiting of The Acorn School that certain …

How to Manage Back To School Anxiety: Stop Momsplaining

Sometimes we parents just need to shut up.<p>Back To School Anxiety: What You Can Do<p>Preparation is important. So, as we anticipate another school year, …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests | Ted Dintersmith | TEDxFargo

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

There is no end to the debate about school reform, but there are certain things about education that seem like no-brainers. The problem is that they continue to be ignored by policymakers and in schools. Alfie Kohn lists 10 of them in the following post, which he first published in the American …

Teaching

You’re Doing Allowance Wrong

When it comes to kids and money, there are few topics that cause more confusion for parents than allowances. When should you start? Should it depend …

Kids

The War Against Boys

This we think we know: American schools favor boys and grind down girls. The truth is the very opposite. By virtually every measure, girls are thriving in school; it is boys who are the second sex<p>It's a bad time to be a boy in America. The triumphant victory of the U.S. women's soccer team at the …

Gender

Tiger Moms: Is Tough Parenting Really the Answer?

It was the "Little White Donkey" incident that pushed many readers over the edge. That's the name of the piano tune that Amy Chua, Yale law professor …

Making Chores Easy for Your Kids

Don’t you wish that getting kids to do their chores was easy? That it would just be a natural thing for them to want to do? (And if you have one of …

Kids

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

The third grade classroom that was visiting our nature center for the day consisted of mostly boys–rowdy, loud and rambunctious boys. As we started …

Parenting

The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

Undoing the damage of a hurried existence is possible.<p>When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you …

Love

9 Body Positive Terms You Need To Teach Your Daughter

Being body positive is a challenge many women face daily. Talking about bodies in a loving way, when the media seems to encourage the exact opposite, …

Parenting

Work

This researcher asked kids what's wrong with U.S. schools. Here are their ideas.

Should Schools Be Done With Homework?

At the start of the 2013-14 school year, the Fentress County School District in Tennessee announced that it would enforce a district-wide ban on …

Bunmi Laditan

My kid is done with homework. I just sent an email to her school letting her know she's all done. I said "drastically reduce" but I was trying to be …

Researchers studied kindergarteners' behavior and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings.

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined …

Parenting

Photographer Captures The Soul Of The Forest With Stunning Animal Portraits

Konsta Punkka is a wildlife photographer from Finland who captures the everyday lives of some of Earth’s most skittish forest creatures. Armed with a …

How I learned from my sister that standardized tests have nothing to do with real life.

And everyone saw it.

Published on September 6, 2016<p>She crunched the cookies in her mouth, carefully mashing them into chunks. She spit. They made a <i>plunk</i> sound as they hit the toilet water. The worst, the absolute worst thing had happened, and now, Maureen was sure, this was her only option.<p>“Moommm,” she called down the …

Crime

Mom's Response To Being Called A 'Bad Mommy' Over Son's Tutu Goes Viral

The story ignited a huge response from the social media sphere.<p>After a stranger called her a bad parent for letting her son wear a tutu, a Massachusetts mom responded to the upsetting words with a powerful message.<p>Last week, Jen Anderson Shattuck posted a photo of her 3-year-old son Roo wearing a …

Parenting

Finally, the Right Job Description for Parenting

I think the warrior is one who has the right job description for parenting.The warrior parent knows that it is not her job, nor her right, to protect …

Parenting