Compliance remains the central goal of most classroom management programs, character education initiatives and parenting resources. Sure, we stress the virtues of independent thinking and assertiveness, but mostly in the context of getting kids to resist peer pressure
There are some techniques parents can use that encourage learning. Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.
Creating an enjoyable career has much more to do with looking inward than it does with chasing high income levels. Understanding your child's personality, strengths and interests will help you influence their post-high school choices.
As apps become more and more significant in our society, are they opening up our world or are they shutting it down? How are the advantages of face to face contact as relevant when we have cutting-edge, digital toys to interact with?
My son has been described as compulsive, stubborn and argumentative. But these are negative explanations of the same characteristic that has allowed him to tolerate challenging social and learning issues.
With tighter public budget constraints and frustration over poor services, especially for low-income communities, the need for the kind of public-private dialogue and partnership that Hess and Horn advocate for has never been greater.
She started crying. The contradiction was overwhelming, and my explanation just made things worse. I tried to cheer her up, adding, "Then there were dinosaurs! Apes turned into people!" Full. Mental. Meltdown.
High school seniors set all of their hopes on that one college, and they find out right before their final exams of first semester if they got in. With social media, the notification process is public; when a student gets admitted, everyone knows.
By nurturing and encouraging girls' early interest in STEM and making it fun for them, we can keep them engaged, help them perform better in school and ultimately, encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Those promoting the Common Core standards maintain that local districts can still design their own curriculum to meet these federal standards. But parents and teachers know that standards drive the curriculum.
There are no shortcuts, even with the iPad, to learning language. Like anything else in life, it's a balance. As parents, teachers, and clinicians, we need to be responsible in how we choose to use technology to facilitate language and learning.
We are caught up in our society's academic achievement-driven educational system, where our children's "best" is measured academically. This leaves the parent mentoring role in a secondary position, that of urging our children to meet the school's standards.
In the early days, I'd have a mug of coffee on one side of the keyboard, a manual breast pump on the other. I would get up at dawn, as it was the best time for pumping and writing. One activity sustained my girls; the other, me.
Social and emotional programs are still in their infancy. They need support. They need a voice. If you're a parent, you can find out what your school is doing to implement SEL programming into the curriculum.
As students settle back into their routines, voters across the country prepare to head to the polls. This year, there's a common theme popping up across the country that's of vital importance: the value of expanding Pre-K.
I understand that teachers are trying to control their classroom. I know many of the classrooms give rewards as well as take-away reward systems. But taking away a crucial part of a child's learning -- play -- is unproductive when getting a kid to sit still.