Category: School & Teaching

Why a Quarter of Canadian Children Are Still Lagging Behind

- Nobel price-winning economist James Eckman said it’s important to invest public funds to support developmental programs for young children and their families. Advice that may be best taken in consideration in Canada where according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, as many as 26% of Canadian kids still …
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Do You Believe in the “Learning Styles” Myth?

- In the field of education, there is  an old but persistent myth about “learning styles.” According to this  assumption, people learn best when receiving information in accordance with their innate abilities. This idea was popularized through a good amount of books published by pseudo specialized businesses trying to sell teaching methods and programs related to this lucrative …
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Do You Want to Raise Smart Kids?

- Poor performance doesn’t come from a lack of ability but from a lack of motivation. According to Carol S. Dweck, a renowned professor from Stanford University, it is not a good idea to tell your kids they are smart. Instead, you should congratulate them for their hard work. Decades of …
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Parents Should Better Explain the Advantages of Studying Science and Technology to their Kids

- About three quarters of Canadian children believe that science and technology are fun, and that studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines would be an advantage for their future professional career. So, why are there so few students ready to embrace fields that would help them on any …
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Why Math Is So Crucial for Preschoolers?

- Since last year, more than 30 American states have expanded access to preschool, but many questions remain unclear concerning what children need to learn during the early years. On the other hand, there is a lot of evidence that what is taught to preschoolers is of capital importance – math before …
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Is Alberta Discovery Math Learning System Good or Bad News for the Students?

- The government of Alberta is rewriting the entire “kindergarten to 12″ school curriculum, including controversial changes in matters of mathematics. The new program should be implemented in 2016, although the effectiveness and benefits of “discovery math” remain far from obvious. Alberta schools were at the top of the world …
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Math and Science and Digital Skills Are Priorities for England’s Schools

- According to David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, math and science are now priorities for England’s schools. A National College for Digital Skills will be opened next year in London, where math and science teachers will be trained by specialists in order to improve competitiveness in the “global race”.  …
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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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