Category: School & Teaching

Thinking about Patterns Helps Kids to Do Math

– Most of today’s parents and teachers know that reading to preschoolers is of prime importance for their literacy development. On the other hand – while just as important – numeracy development remains largely neglected. An efficient but often overlooked way to improve the math learning and skills of young …
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Do You “Meritocratic Love” your Kids?

– There are two rising trends in child-rearing: some kids are lavishly praised in any situation and for any little feat, while they can be honed like never before. Parents’ desire to help their offspring access good schools and start good careers is understandable and welcome; this is indeed good …
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Early Childhood Education Begins Years Before Pre-Kindergarten

– The first three years of life – long before pre-K – are the most important for brain development. During this crucial time, children can learn through consistent experiences how to build effective relationships, solve problems and adapt to their environment. The economic advantages of a focus on this determining …
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What Do Parents of Successful Children Have in Common?

Most parents want their children to succeed at school and later in their professional career. So far, even if nobody has discovered the perfect parenting recipes, psychologists have determined seven factors that can significantly help parents to raise great achievers. Discover here what parents of the most successful children have in …
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The Flynn Effect: Why We Are Smarter Than our Grandparents

– The continual increase in the intelligence quotient (IQ) scores during the last century indicates that most people living nowadays in America are smarter than their grandparents. This is called the Flynn effect, named after James Flynn the psychologist who discovered this trend. – According to Flynn’s principle, if people …
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If Gender Gaps Are Not Due to Inborn Abilities, Why Do Girls Beat Boys Academically?

– According to the 2012 PISA study, one in seven male students didn’t reach base level proficiency in reading, math or science. Among more than 30 countries, 14% of boys and 9% of girls did not reach basic proficiency in any of those three core subjects. A recent report from …
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Gender Biases: Why Girls Are Unlikely to Pursue Careers in Math and Science

– According to a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), parents, teachers and employers have strong gender biases in matters of maths and science. Across the 64 nations examined, girls suffer from a lack of confidence – even when skilled in those areas. Overall, less than one …
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Why Girls Are Better Than Boys Academically

– According to the 2012 PISA study, one in seven male students were poorly ranked in reading, math or science. In more than 30 countries, 14% of boys and 9% of girls didn’t reach baseline-level proficiency in any of those three core subjects. A recent report from the Organization for Economic …
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The “30-Million-Word Gap” That Makes All the Difference for Children’s Success in School

– According to a 1995 study, children from low-income environments will have heard thirty million words less than their better-off peers by age 4, a number that makes a determining difference when school begins. Pupils with a limited vocabulary have weaker reading skills and thereby higher probabilities of lagging academically …
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(Black) Girls Are Strongly Penalized by Teachers’ Gender Stereotypes

– According to two recent studies, girls are significantly penalized by teachers’ biases. The first study demonstrates that girls’ math grades are negatively influenced while boys’ math grades are positively influenced by hidden gender stereotypes. The second research shows that young black girls are particularly disadvantaged for being assertive in the classroom. …
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