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Note to Kindergartners: Only Bubble-Filling Will Get You 'College and Career Ready'

Rae Pica | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

What is the better way to ensure a love of the written and spoken word -- being forced to read assigned stories, to memorize spelling words and definitions on which they'll be tested, or bringing words to life through a play?

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind

Rae Pica | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

To learn more about the the recent report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose," from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Project, listen to this discussion with three exceptional early childhood professionals.

Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning?

Rae Pica | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

Schools -- and policymakers -- have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn't have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do.

Bribes and Threats Work, But...

Rae Pica | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

Instant gratification, "easy," and "it's always been done this way" aren't appropriate reasons to keep bribing or punishing kids if we're truly concerned about their future and the kind of human beings we're helping to mold.

Is It Sharing or Bragging? Educators Struggle With the Topic of Humility

Rae Pica | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

Why do some people think we want to know about the awards they've received? The successes they've experienced? When they tweet or blog about the great lesson they just taught, or even their opinions -- isn't that just bragging in the guise of helping others?

Can White Educators Successfully Teach Black Boys?

Rae Pica | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

The skin color or gender of a teacher doesn't really matter to the kids. All they want to know is that the teacher cares about them.

Talking About the Taboo in Education

Rae Pica | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Rae Pica

Why would anybody, let alone a teacher, choose to contribute to a show exploring education topics usually shoved under the rug? Isn't there already enough teacher-bashing going on? Well, that's exactly the point. There are plenty of people doing just that -- but they're not educators.

What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Rae Pica | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Rae Pica

When I hear stories about teachers and administrators making decisions that create the impression they don't know children at all, I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development.

Terrorist Tots?

Rae Pica | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Rae Pica

Arne Duncan said that the proposal on gun control had created one of his proudest moments while serving in this administration. Curbing school violence, he told us, is among his top priorities for the next four years. Somehow I think it's doubtful that these are the kinds of efforts he has in mind.

To Toot or Not to Toot? For Teachers, That Is the Question

Rae Pica | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Rae Pica

Today's educators are under tremendous pressure and are facing a scrutiny unlike anything they or their predecessors have experienced in the past.

Just Say "No" to Keyboarding in Kindergarten

Rae Pica | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education
Rae Pica

If handwriting is no longer to be used as a form of communication but the computer is, at what age should children be learning keyboarding skills?

Got Stress? If You're a Teacher, You're Not Alone

Rae Pica | Posted 11.27.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

There are many, many stressors in the teaching profession. That's the bad news. The good news is that there are also many, many avenues to relief.

Stealth Bullies: The Hidden Face of Bullying

Rae Pica | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

What if preventing bullying is as simple as paying closer attention? The research indicates this may be the case.

When Did a Big Hug Become a Bad Thing?

Rae Pica | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

When teacher education programs begin advising its students to put up a high-five when a kid requests a hug, it's time to take a step back and reassess our priorities.

Teaching Girls They're More Than a Pretty Face

Rae Pica | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

Early childhood professionals can play a part in helping young girls grasp that they are more than how they look. And they can start with how they talk to girls!

Why Kids Need "Gym Class"

Rae Pica | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

For many children, physical education class is their only opportunity to learn about the relationships among exercise, nutrition, and health.

Should We Teach Handwriting in the Digital Age?

Rae Pica | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

Earlier this month, the Indiana Department of Education joined the ranks of school systems that will no longer require the teaching of cursive writing.

In Defense of Active Learning

Rae Pica | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

A growing body of research is determining that physical activity activates the brain much more than doing seatwork.

Rote Memorization: Overrated or Underrated?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

Among the countless catchphrases that educators generally despise are "drill-'n-kill" and "rote memorization." In keeping with their meanings, both sound terrifically unpleasant.

Are Age and Experience Overrated When it Comes to Leadership?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

I very much believe that learning to delay gratification is an important life skill. Parents, and teachers, need to be in the business of teaching young people that we don't always get what we want right away.

Building Castles in the air: Visionary Leadership

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Why aren't there more visionary organizations and leaders? How can a leader find a clear, compelling vision?

Education Insiders: No Lasting Impact of "Waiting for 'Superman' "

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

There's no silver bullet that will magically (and quickly) cure all of our educational woes. Real reform, which is to say meaningful and lasting reform, happens incrementally much of the time.

The Transformative Power of Failure?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Can failure transform us in important -- and healthy -- ways? Should we champion failure as much as we do success? And in the field of education, should we learn not just to live with but to love leaders who fail?