How Important Are Genetics in Learning?

Researchers have found that genetics significantly affect learning abilities. That’s not to say, however, that academic achievement is entirely pre-determined. Learning environment does have an important effect on test scores, and possibly even more so in some cases.

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Rethinking Gifted Education

Gifted education is a broad term to describe programs and practices used in the education of students who demonstrate exceptional abilities to learn or reason. Currently, more than 3 million students are enrolled in gifted programs nationwide. But gifted programs may not be the best learning environment for some students, according to a new study. 

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How Clutter is Distracting Your Students (And How To Fix It)

After years of creating and collecting, second grade teacher Erin Klein experienced a catharsis. In a recent article about her experience she wrote, “Entering my classroom one day, it struck me. The space looked more like a teacher storage facility than an inspiring place for students to work together and learn. I knew this needed to change.”

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Dramatic Play: Little Actors, Big Results

There’s a concept first brought to light decades ago, but still very relevant in education today: How do students’ past experiences impact their current understanding? How can educators create experiences to engage students and enhance learning? One teacher found answers in dramatic play.

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Building Brain Habits: Sharing Chores

Join us for our first post in a new series from our founder, Nancy Rowe.

A teacher of mine once commented, “language begins with the idea in the mind of the child.”  I have never forgotten the truth of that moment. 
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How Your Child’s Weight Affects School Readiness

A recent study in Early Childhood Research Quarterly ventures into largely unchartered research territory. While previous research has examined how extra weight may inhibit children’s ability to perform optimally, most studies haven’t differentiated between weight classes, such as overweight and obese. Further, there are few studies which examine the performance of underweight students in wealthy countries.

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Low Engagement? Try Standing Desks

Physical activity, even acute and less intense levels, has beneficial effects on cognitive ability. We know that standing while working has increased health benefits for adults. Now researchers have found that children who stand at their desks in the classroom are more engaged and attentive than their seated peers.

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Learning Styles: Were Teachers Misled?

It’s been commonly accepted that each individual student has a favored learning style: visual (spatial), aural (auditory), verbal (linguistic), and physical (kinesthetic). Educators profess that by hitting each learning style in a lesson, success for all students is nearly guaranteed. And teachers have been directed to make sure that their instruction addresses each. Have we been misled?  Continue reading “Learning Styles: Were Teachers Misled?”

Teacher-Student Relationships: Students Hold The Key

Teachers make all the difference in education. We aren’t just talking about academics, but also in how they impact students’ lives. Given the power of teacher-student relationships, education research can’t ignore the intricacies of this group’s dynamics. Continue reading “Teacher-Student Relationships: Students Hold The Key”