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Why dance is just as important as math in school

<i>Stocksy</i><p>Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test …

Education

Cheating Goes Hi-Tech

Sir Ken Robinson’s Next Act: You Are the System and You Can Change Education

Sir Ken Robinson’s views on creativity are abundantly well documented. In his 2006 TED Talk—still the most-watched of all time—he claimed that “we …

Education

USING SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM

Submit a Classroom Idea for this Resource »Availability• Hard Copy<br>Skype’s Virtual Field Trips allow students to see parts of the world that they may …

Teaching

The web can be weaponised – and we can't count on big tech to stop it

It’s dangerous having a handful of companies control how ideas and opinions are shared. A regulator may be needed<p>Today, the world wide web turns 29. This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s population …

Innovation
Demographics

From Ireland to Germany to Italy to Mexico: How America’s Source of Immigrants Has Changed in the States, 1850 – 2013

Explore the top countries of origin for immigrants in each state from 1850 to 2013.

Pew Research Center

Language Diversity at NC State

Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves

Getting ready for an unknown future of employment means unlearning what we know about education, writes Christopher Dede.

Pedagogy

Do we need to teach children joined-up handwriting?

<b>The US state of Illinois has passed a law requiring school students to learn joined-up handwriting, or "cursive", overriding the governor's veto.</b><p>It is no longer a requirement in US schools, and some countries have dropped the skill from the curriculum or made it optional.<p>Why, then, do some - like …

Education

What Makes The Death of Socrates a Great Work of Art?: A Thought-Provoking Reading of David’s Philosophical & Political Painting

When we think of political propaganda, we do not typically think of French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. There’s something debased about …

Should You Make Changes to Your Child’s Early Education?

The Racial Dot Map: One Dot Per Person for the Entire U.S.

Talking Race, Controversy, and Trauma

When the news is filled with racialized rhetoric or violence, teachers need to be prepared to discuss these topics with their students — especially …

Teaching

Parents who want to give their children a head start in school just need to talk to them

Almost everyone knows that reading books with young children is important, and it is. But even more important is that we talk with our children. A lot.<p>The more talk children engage in with adults, the bigger their vocabularies will become. The bigger their vocabularies when they enter kindergarten, …

Language Learning

If Your Teacher Looks Like You, You May Do Better In School

Think back to grade school for a moment and envision that one teacher who could captivate you more than any other. Did that teacher look a bit like you? One recent study says: probably.<p>There's mounting evidence that when black students have black teachers, those students are more likely to graduate …

Teaching

Adulting Would Have Been So Much Easier If These Vital Life Lessons Were Taught In School

Most schools in India are only concerned with a student's academic performance. It's just assumed that people will catch on other vital life skills …

Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

It doesn’t matter if you grow up in India or China or the United States ― when it comes to learning what it means to be a girl or a boy, a universal stereotype prevails: Girls are weak and boys are strong.<p>That’s the dispiriting finding of a comprehensive new study of children and their parents …

Research

Finland figured out the secrets to designing perfect schools — and the US can never replicate them

But one that it can't replicate — due to old-school mindsets about what education is supposed to look like — is how Finland designs its schools.<p>Finnish schools are increasingly adopting the mindset that flexible, open learning spaces are better than walled-off classrooms, and that mixing students …

Education

10 Questions That Measure True Intelligence | Inc.com

<i>How do you know if you are really intelligent? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Awdhesh Singh; Author of Myths are Real, Reality is a Myth & GST Made Simple; on Quora:</b><p>Most of us …

Emotional Intelligence

Why understanding how a child's brain works at different ages is so important

It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters’ height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown – but what’s going on just below …

Parenting

How Do Different Social Media Platforms Affect Your Mood? | Above the Noise

Do a quick Google search on how social media affects your mood, and the results make it seem like all the social media platforms will plunge you into …

Should kindergarten include books about being transgender?

Ankur Dhawan’s 6-year-old daughter walked into the living room one day in June and told her family she’d learned in school that you could be a girl in a boy’s body. Her classmate was one of those girls, she said.<p>She asked her dad, “How does this happen?”<p>Caught off guard, Dhawan invoked the Hindu …

Google’s most-searched “how-to” questions capture all the magic and struggle of being human

My younger sister always gives me very good advice.<p>Once, for instance, she told me, “You need to stop asking Google questions about your life.” And she was right: Treating an Internet search engine as an advice column isn’t necessarily the best way to navigate life. When you ask Google, “How to …

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.

When my youngest child was born in 2002, the flip phone was still the coolest piece of tech you could get. Now I’m told that all three of my children are part of what demographers are calling iGen.<p>I spent my career at Microsoft trying to imagine what technology could do, and still I wasn’t prepared …

Parenting

Mesmerizing maps show where the most educated Americans live

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University, has created an interactive dot map visualizing US neighborhoods by educational attainment.<p>Each dot represents between 25-500 people over the age of 25, and each is color-coded based on how far those people have gone in …

High School

Teen suicides now outnumber homicides — and smartphone use could be playing a major role

In 2011, for the first time in more than two decades, suicide began killing more teenagers than homicide.<p>And according to research presented in a recent article in The Atlantic, excerpted from a book written by Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University, smartphones and social media …

Social Media

As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too

...The post As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too appeared first on TeachThought.

Teaching
Social Media