Category: School & Teaching

Many Teachers Still Believe That We Do Use Only 10% of our Brain!

- According to an old and persistently repeated assumption, human beings use only 10% of their brains. Science has long ago refuted this idea, but it nevertheless continues to be propagated as a truth. Much more disturbing is the fact, revealed in a recent survey conducted by Paul Howard-Jones at the University of Bristol, that the we-use-only-10%-of-our-brain myth is still …
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Confusing English Number Words Impair Math Learning

- In their efforts to increase numeracy (the mathematical equivalent of literacy) among young children, some psychologists and educators are focusing their attention on the “language” gap. Recent research has found a connection between the use of unclear English words and weaker arithmetic skills in English-speaking children. – The problem begins with number “eleven.” …
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Common Core Math Is Not Fuzzy. It’s Smart!

- Common Core math is considered by some parents and educators as “fuzzy math”, a method too different from what they know, and too challenging for the children that it can even hold back the best learners. In fact, Common Core math helps pupils to grasp mathematical concepts better and faster than the precedent education systems, …
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High School Classes Should Start Later in the Morning for Better Academic Performance

- According to recent biological research, a change in the level of the hormone melatonin in the brain of teenagers results in a shift of their circadian rhythm, pushing them to go to bed later at night and get up later into the morning. For this reason, the later high …
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The First Woman Ever to Win the Fields Medal, the “Nobel Prize” for Math

- In August 2014, Stanford professor Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman ever (and the second scientist from Stanford University) to win the prestigious 2014 Fields Medal for her original research on matters as complex as “mathematical symmetry of curved surfaces” and “saddle-shaped spaces”. The Fields Medal is considered, around the world, as …
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Even the Best Children Need to Be Challenged

- In order to boost the numbers of potential great achievers, especially in the field of science and technology, educators can do better at discovering, supporting and stimulating the most skilled pupils. In the USA, K-12 education programs do not sufficiently back the students with evident capacities and/or showing interest in those areas.  – …
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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #221: In the End, the Benefits of Redshirting Are Washed Out…

       

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Environmental Factors Like Family Life and School Have as Much Impact as Genetics in the Intellectual Development of a Child

- Many of the genes that influence how well children can read also affect their math skills. Recent research suggests that 50% of the genes that shape the literacy skills of 12 year-old children are related to their mathematics abilities. Although genes are fundamental elements in brain development, environmental factors like family life and …
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Do Children Still Need to Learn Handwriting?

- Some educators regard technology as the panacea while the others worry over the threat of giving up true fundamental human experiences in favor of digital superficiality. A recent article by Maria Konnikova was published in the New York Times, therein – with the support of several studies – she  argued for the importance of teaching handwriting to our children. – …
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Asian Parents Place More Importance in their Children’s Math Skills

- According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea got the top rankings in math, while the UK and the USA lag behind, respectively at the 26th and 36th places. This is an issue when the demand for good numerical skills by employers in many fields – …
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