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'Two phases' of childhood obesity suggested

<b>There may be two distinct child obesity epidemics - one among infants and one among adolescents - research suggests.</b><p>Researchers came to this conclusion after comparing obesity data in the 1980s with that of more than 300 present-day children.<p>They found signs that obesity was linked to the influence …

7 inspiring children's books to motivate your young activist

It's never too early to try to change the world.<p>Teaching your kids at an impressionable young age about the most important issues of our time can …

Malala Yousafzai

4 Ways Technology Can Help Empower Teachers And Students

The 18th century Prussians were one of the first societies to think about truly public education–making (relatively) high-quality education …

Pedagogy

Delayed school entry linked with poorer results

<b>A delay in starting school for summer-born or premature children may be linked with poor academic performance later on, a study suggests.</b><p>Some experts believe delayed school entry benefits this group of children.<p>However, the study found children who missed a year of learning often did worse in tests …

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an …

Pedagogy

Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning in Young Children

Who Are You?<p>A Teacher<p>A Program Director or School Administrator<p>A Parent<p>Someone Else<p>Are you interested in learning more about Tools of the Mind’s …

Welcome

The Innovative Teacher Project<p>Welcome to the Innovative Teacher Project (ITP). Like the citizens of Reggio Emilia, Italy, ITP strives to create a …

Confidence Meets Parenting

Right now in this season of parenting. I am not my best self. I have less patience. I do more snapping. More frowning. I'm less fun and more grumpy. …

Parenting

Forts

Toydle Fort kits<p>Our fort kits come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.<p><b>We won’t settle for making run of the mill fort kits –</b> the ones you can buy at any …

Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression?

New research shows differences in the brains of kids who show excessive guilty behavior, which may put them at risk for a host of mood disorders later in life.<p>Nicholas Thomas remembers a coat rack. "We were at a family gathering," Thomas said. "I think it was Christmas or something, and we were …

The Brain

All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes

On a sunny hike along a Madeiran levada a couple of years ago, I got chatting to a retired school teacher and I told him about the brain myths book I …

January 2015

Over-testing our kids is not the answer — it’s the problem

<b>(wavebreakmedia via Shutterstock)</b><p>In the era of No Child Left Behind and Common Core, we’ve forgotten about the learning and development that matter<p>Anya Kamenetz<p>January 3, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to …

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joe Mathewson cofounded learning platform Firefly when he was 14.</i><p>These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in edtech. However, if you thought that was impressive, you haven’t …

How is technology changing education?

What’s the impact of technology use on education, and on learning?<p>This simple question is rather difficult to answer, for a number of reasons. The …

Primary pupils are teachers of future

Government teacher-training tsar Charlie Taylor says schools should encourage children to become teachers before they are teenagers<p>Children should be “talent-spotted” and identified as future teachers while still at primary school, in an attempt to address Britain’s national shortage of educators, …

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

<b>2. Makes a Difference</b><p>There is a saying, "With great power, comes great responsibility". As a teacher, you need to be aware and remember the great …

Most homework is 'pointless', expert says

Tom Bennett, director of the ResearchEd conference, cited real after-school tasks including ‘Imagine how Jesus felt on the cross and draw it’<p>A new Ofsted regime will encourage teachers to set “completely pointless” homework for their students, an education expert has claimed.<p>Youngsters will be …

Auditory Awareness: Are Students Hearing the Lesson?

My daughter, Mercedes, attends a school of the arts here in San Antonio so we go to a lot of performances. Luckily we are able to enjoy her …

Teaching

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

• What do you see as your child's greatest strengths or skills? Tell me about a time when you saw your child demonstrating these skills.<br>• Next June, what …

The marshmallow test: Stanford University experiment that claims to predict a child's future successes

Harry Wallop attempts to find out whether a four-year-old and a six-year-old can pass Professor Walter Mischel's notorious test, and resist the temptation of the marshmallow<p>In the 1960s, Stanford University Professor Walter Mischel gave young children a simple proposition. They sat with a …

Measuring Brainwaves Could Lead To An Objective Autism Diagnosis

The electrical signals emitted by the autistic brain paint a much more precise picture of the disorder.<p>Currently, diagnosing autism is more of an art than a science. To determine whether a kid has the disorder, trained professionals look for behaviors that are characteristic of the condition--for …

Autism

How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read

Brecht Vandenbroucke<p><b>Minecraft is the</b> hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It's considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of …

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Non-Teaching Time

Image Credit: Microsoft OutlookHeide Reed's planner.Both Heidi and Hollis, middle school teachers at the same school in Washington, DC, map out their …

Educating Parents About Education

Things Have Changed<p>In the past, communication has always been a key factor in bringing teachers and parents together. Today, we might add …

8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

"Play is an important tool in our work with young people and adults. Nothing creates a safer space for youth to stretch themselves, explore, grow, …