Rosie Luds

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Gardening 101: Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood, <i>Cornus sericea</i>: Red Willow<p>There are all sorts of plants you can use to provide much needed color in your garden in winter. But for a …

A Teacher’s Mindfulness- Mindfulness To Do List

My school year started last week with two days of teacher training. There were many things on the agenda as you would expect.<p>At the beginning of the …

The Problem with Giving Young Children Homework

<b>America</b> has recommitted itself to <b>improving</b> its <b>public education</b> in a way that’s somehow been both <b>ambitious</b> and <b>fearful</b>, frantically implementing …

Teaching

Teacher's 'No Homework' Policy Goes Viral, Teaches All of Us 3 Vital Lessons

Brandy Young just told her class there's no homework this year. There's a lot you can learn from that move.<p>"Brooke is loving her new teacher already!"<p>That's the message mom Samantha Gallagher posted on Facebook last week, along with a note indicating a new homework policy instituted by her …

Teaching

Depression: A revolution in treatment?

<b>It's not very often we get to talk about a revolution in understanding and treating depression and yet now doctors are talking about "one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry for the last 20 years".</b><p>It is based around the idea that some people are being betrayed by their fiercest protector. …

Immune System

The Super Sweet Reason Why This Dutch Nursing Home Allows College Kids to Live There Rent-Free

College can be so expensive for many students that it can actually damper their independence and ability to get good jobs after school, even though …

College & University

10 Productivity Tricks You Can Learn in 10 Minutes

You’re probably short on time reading this, and I don’t blame you. Life moves fast. It seems impossible to keep up with hundreds of tasks being …

The productivity hack that actually makes your brain feel better

Even if we use reminder apps and our Google calendar religiously, admit it—there are certain days when you completely space on that <i>one</i> task. If your …

Productivity

Teaching kids empathy: In Danish schools, it’s … well, it’s a piece of cake

<b>(Alasdair Thomson via iStock)</b><p>American students are falling behind on valuable social skills. In Denmark, one simple classroom tradition works<p>Jessica Alexander<p>August 9, 2016 5:06pm (UTC)<p>We all know what a Danish pastry is — that delightful caloric bomb of glazed breakfast deliciousness. But what …

Teaching

6 Things Science Says Kids Need To Succeed In Education And Business

In their new book, <i>Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children,</i> Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek ask what it would take “take to help all children be happy, healthy, thinking, caring, and sociable children who enjoy learning and who move toward …

How understanding the brain affects learning potential

Does knowing whether the brain changes or is static have an impact on student success?<p>Parents of GCSE and A-level students taking their exams this month will know how important encouragement is. But they might be surprised to learn that how we understand the brain can affect academic …

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2016 – So Far

In addition to the thousands of posts I’ve written in this blog (and in my parent engagement blog) over the past nine years, my eight books, my …

10 Ways To Reduce Stress And Improve Your Life

In our fast-paced society today, we seem to be in a constant struggle to keep up. While the advancement of technology has its benefits, we are now …

Mindfulness

How much sleep do kids and teens really need?

Anyone who has ever watched children get on a school bus before the sun is up in the morning or teens walk into their first class clutching a jug of …

Pittsburgh

Twitter Changed My (Teaching) Life

<b>If Twitter is brought up in the media</b>, you probably expect to hear the words Clinton or Trump follow. Today’s fast-paced political responses are …

The Brexit Debate Takes a Dark Turn

There’s only so much nastiness a country can endure before it curdles into actual violence.<p>It’s hard to over-emphasize the sense of raw shock in Britain at the murder Thursday of Jo Cox. A Labour Party MP with a track record of pro-refugee and human-rights campaigning, Cox was both stabbed and shot …

Great Britain

Jo Cox’s bereaved husband says mainstream politicians are legitimising extremist anti-immigrant views

Mainstream politicians are legitimising extremist anti-immigrant views by “aping” far-right rhetoric, the bereaved husband of killed MP Jo Cox has …

10 Great Plants for Shade Gardening

<b>Lamium maculatum</b> (Dead nettle). A low, spreading plant with silvery foliage and purple, pink, red or white blooms in early summer. In shady …

Could Playing With Siblings Make Kids Better at Math?

A new study finds that when children teach each other math concepts while playing, it helps them better understand their math lessons at school.<p>When my kids were little, we had an easel set up in their playroom that they used to play "school" and quiz each other on math facts. Turns out, they may …

Having a relative with epilepsy linked with increased personal autism risk

A Swedish study has found having a first-degree relative with epilepsy may increase a person’s risk of being diagnosed with autism. The authors defined first-degree relative as being a mother, father, brother or sister.<p>The study, published June 15 in Neurology, looked at the data of 85,201 people …

9 Tiny Gardens Made Magical With Fairy Doors

Fluent Readers See Words as Pictures

Rather than having to sound out each word as we did in first grade, the brains of skilled readers can quickly recognize familiar words as …

'Teachers are flocking to teach overseas to escape a brutal accountability and inspection system'

Another teacher recruitment crisis looms – or, perhaps, the same one made worse. To be fair, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw predicted it some …

The Danger of Teacher Nostalgia

<b>“This is the worst group we’ve ever had.”</b><p>When I hear a teacher say this, I know those students are in trouble: The person in charge of their …

Teaching

Academic calls for more rough play among young boys

The rough play, often seen in "superhero" play where roles are split between good and bad, benefits young boys aged three to five to help them …

Green Eggs, Ham And Metaphysics: Teaching Hard Ideas With Children's Books

What is language? What is beauty? Who gets to decide?<p>Philosophers have grappled with these questions for centuries, and they've generated a pile of long (and often tortured) books in their efforts to answer them.<p>But for Tom Wartenberg, some of the best books about philosophy are much shorter and a …

Kids

Here's an idea for rich education reformers like Bill Gates: Listen to teachers

<b>To the editor:</b> As I get ready to retire next week after 52 years teaching, I reflect on the great and the terrible I have seen in education. My final observation is that nobody, including The Times, listens to the teachers, the professionals who know what is needed to improve education. ("Gates …

Education

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Before tossing coffee grounds in the garbage, think twice. High in nitrogen, they can have a second life as a natural fertilizer and pest deterrent and are ideal for use in growing tomatoes. Non-coffee drinkers can also fertilize with grounds, because many coffee shops give away used grounds for …

Get a good night’s sleep with this easy 5 step method

If you spend your nights tossing and turning – but you can’t figure out why – this five-step formula might finally help you get a good night's sleep. …

Frugal Living

5 Mental Habits That Can Limit Your Ability to Think

Our brain is like a computer processor: It has a finite amount of processing power, or intellectual resources, that can be used in a given moment. …

Self-help