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German police fine parents at airport for taking children out of school early

Police at a German airport have fined parents for going on vacation before the official start of school holidays. School attendance is compulsory in …

Japanese Rail Operator Says Sorry For 'Inexcusable' Departure 25 Seconds Early

In the U.S., you might expect a passenger rail operator to apologize for being late. However, in Japan — where sleek, high-speed trains are famous for arrivals and departures that you could set your watch by — leaving a station just 25 seconds early is nothing short of a disgrace.<p>That is what …

Japan

Scientists Say Skip the STEM Toys and Buy Wooden Blocks Instead

Across eight years of study, researchers have found that both boys and girls display the most engaged play when handling simple, wooden blocks.<p>You …

Response: The Best Ways to Resolve Conflicts Between Students

<b>(This is the first post in a two-part series)</b><p>The new question-of-the-week is:<p><i>When two or more students are having a conflict, what are the most</i> …

6 Nostalgic Outdoor Games You'll Have So Much Fun Teaching Your Kids

Do you remember that scene from <b>Now and Then</b> where Roberta, Teeny, Samantha, and Chrissy are playing Red Rover with all the neighborhood kids on a Summer afternoon? It probably brings back so many good memories of getting dirty, walking home well after the sun went down, and using whatever was at …

Teaching grammar does not improve children's writing ability, research finds

<b>Academics reveal 'a significant and persistent mismatch' between government policy and the techniques proven to work in the classroom</b>The way that …

Education

Why this Bristol secondary school has stopped marking children's work

A secondary school in South Bristol will no longer be marking pupils’ work because it could damage pupils’ confidence.<p>Teachers at Bedminster Down …

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

Textbooks

Boys Are Not Defective

Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world: a case study in motivation, mixed messages, and the condition of boys everywhere.<p>Jordan has never had a female minister of education, women make up less than a fifth of its workforce, …

Education

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile.<p>“Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. …

Education

At-Home Learning: A Guide for Parents During School Breaks

In May, your son was rattling off the multiplication tables. By August, he’s forgotten all the 5 times 8! It’s not just your imagination—more than …

Want Your Kids to Be Successful? Treat Boys and Girls Exactly the Same

A new study suggests a stereotype free childhood could help kids get ahead.<p>It's a rough and tumble world out there, so we're all keen to arm our kids with whatever skills they'll need to thrive despite the challenges. That's why anxious parents comb through a flood of advice on everything from the …

Kids today learn to text and use apps before they can tie their shoes

Why kids can’t do these basic life skills<p>Kids are learning to text before they can tie their shoes.<p>An Australian study of 2,200 moms with internet …

Kids better at using technology than tying their shoes: study

Kids around the world are better at using technology than they are at tying their shoes, a study shows.<p>In addition, more children can play a computer …

A Montessori-inspired wooden robot teaches toddlers how to code

Teaching kids coding is all the rage, with coding clubs and coding camps cropping up like Silicon Valley startups. Countries like the UK have made it part of the national curriculum, recognizing that computational thinking will be as important as literacy and numeracy for the jobs kids will have 20 …

Make Sure Every Student LEARNS

Feedback is one of the most powerful instructional intervention tools a teacher has at his/her disposal. Its primary purpose is to reduce the …

How Can Schools Improve Teacher Evaluations? A Discussion

15:00<p>Renee Pryor has taken the dread out of teacher evaluations in her Tenn. district. In this video, originally streamed on Facebook Live, she sits …

17 Reps to Build Vocabulary Muscles

Exercise Vocabulary Muscles Through Repetition<p>While technically not a muscle, a student's brain benefits from regular daily exercise. Where there are …

There’s a simple thing parents can do to ensure their kids grow up to be musical

A Hungarian film titled “Sing” recently won the Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.”<p>Soon after joining, Zsófi is told by her teacher Erika not to sing, but only mouth the words. …

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Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?

A new study identifies a link between food quality and achievement.<p>For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a …

Education

Science Says This Is the Most Effective Way to Learn (but You Weren't Taught It in School)

This is the best way to study, research shows, but most schools don't teach it.<p>Whether you went to school in Alabama or Alaska, a pricey private institution or the local public elementary, chances are excellent that your day was organized roughly the same. The day was carved into a certain number …

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.<p>Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.<p>We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with …

Pedagogy

The ex-CEO of Barclays thinks tech in the classroom is a terrible idea

Antony Jenkins really doesn't think schools should be buying any more iPads.<p>His comments came as part of a debate around the view that that …

Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

Waldorf schools take an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education. Initially, some viewed the schools as emphasizing play over learning, but now a growing number recognize that the Waldorf model supports educational and personal habits which often …

Pedagogy

What happened when one school banned homework — and asked kids to read and play instead

By Valerie Strauss<p>, Reporter<p>Mark Trifilio, principal of the public pre-K-5th grade Orchard School in Vermont, sat down with the school’s 40 educators last summer to discuss the soon-to-start new school year and homework — how much kids were getting and whether it was helping them learn.<p>Trifilio had …

Teaching

5 Things Children Learn at Preschool That Are a Waste of Time and Not Developmentally Appropriate

5 Things Children Learn at Preschool That Are a Waste of Time and Not Developmentally Appropriate<p>Updated on March 26, 2018<p>1. The Calendar<p>Most …

Egyptian families: 'I would pay all I own to give my children a good education'

<b>CAIRO -</b> For weeks, Ahmed, a 50-year-old taxi driver, would watch his middle child Mohamed sleeping in his bed plagued by guilt. His guilt would turn …

How to Help Your Kid Succeed in a Dual-Language Program

Parent involvement is an important element for success in a dual-language program. We have some tips on ways you can help your child.<p>When it came time to decide our child's educational future, the choices were overwhelming: Private school, charter school, public school, or homeschool (at least we …