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Dr. Toy on Toys as Tools for Learning

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

We should be concerned about the demise of recess, the extent of serious health issues of young children and the failure of schools to produce well-balanced children who are able to read, write, compute, communicate and also play and interact successfully.

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

A Positive Take On Making Mistakes

Mike Robbins | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

While mistakes aren't a huge issue in my life, I actually spend and waste a lot of time worrying about making mistakes, and also find myself being unnecessarily critical of those around me when they make mistakes (both overtly and covertly).

Shaking Up America's Education System

Simone Bernstein | Posted 02.27.2013 | Teen
Simone Bernstein

At 17 years old, Nikhil Goyal is shaking up America's education system. While most high school students focus on athletics, academics and socializing, Goyal aims to transform education.

5 Big Discoveries About Parenting In 2012

David Rock | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
David Rock

Here's my summary of what seemed to be the bigger findings to emerge about 'bringing up baby' in 2012, there's not much brain research in this post, just lots of food for thought.

I Don't Buy It

Dan Butin | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Dan Butin

We professors all too often believe that this is our job; to profess. Perhaps. But to be clear, this is not teaching. Let's at least call it what it is: the attempted transfer of information from one container into another. But that's a really problematic way to think about the classroom experience.

Teacher Afterglow: The Residual Joy Brought on by Students Who Find Their Sparkle

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Erin Michelle Threlfall

Every once in a blue moon, I have an experience with my students that reminds me of how lucky I am to be a teacher -- how magical my profession is. Yesterday was a blue moon day.

Making Every Day a Learning Opportunity

Zach Veach | Posted 02.06.2013 | Teen
Zach Veach

Adjust how you look at your day and you may have more learning moments than you realize.

Teach To Each Child's Intelligence

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Thomas Fisher

Why do we make so many students wait until the last couple of years of college to finally find pleasure in learning? Why can't primary and secondary schools follow the model of colleges and teach to the intelligence of their students?

Heart of the Storm (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 02.05.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

Spending nine days on a 52-foot-long sail boat might seem like an exotic adventure accessible to few children but Heart of the Storm is giving teenage...

Speaking Up for and Demanding Full-Day Kindergarten

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Public education in America is built on the foundation of equal opportunity for all children. But while most Americans think of all children as having access to a robust K-12 education system, in many places full-day kindergarten is a huge missing half step in the early learning continuum.

Be Proud To Be Wrong

Ben Thomas | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

Being right feels good; there's no doubt about that. But isn't learning an actual truth more important than defending an ego?

Environmental Education Initiative in California and Beyond

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.29.2013 | Green
Jacob Devaney

If we are lucky enough to see this emerge as a cultural revolution that honors nature, raises eco-literate children, and embraces the whole human community as one global family, then we can enjoy the comforts of our cozy modern life without the threats associated with a warming planet.

Teacher as Learning Designer

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

Through highly standardized curricula and pacing guides, teachers are told exactly how to teach, rather than being empowered to differentiate instruction and create engaging learning environments to meet the needs of their students.

Higher Education's Duty to All Students

Jayson Boyers | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Jayson Boyers

Our country not only needs a workforce that is invested in life-long learning, but also institutions and universities that share this attitude and are willing to provide students with opportunities to learn at any stage of their career.

The Essential Human Task Is Learning to Be With Others and Other Lessons From the Research of Daniel Stern

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

When Daniel Stern died this November 12th, we lost one of the truly greats in child development research and theory.

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

Learning Is a Way of Life

Suhauna Hussain | Posted 01.20.2013 | Teen
Suhauna Hussain

Somewhere between loads of homework and seeing meltdowns in the hallways, learning became, in my mind, a chore; something that I had to do to get good grades and get into college, instead of a way of life.

The Global Search for Education: What to Do About Cheating?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Here are five misconceptions about cheating -- a serious and widespread problem in education today.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys for Holiday Joy

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Sometimes it seems that books have lost their appeal to children (and to adults), but this may be simply competition between traditional forms of learning and new electronics that appear compelling.

Mediocrity versus Mastery: The Case for Game-Based Learning

XPRIZE | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education

By Poonam Sharma Poonam Sharma is the Cofounder of Mango Learning, Inc. Ask Serena Williams to describe every leap, twist and gesture on the court if...

This Revolution Is Not Being Televised

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

There's an important new consensus developing around how people learn -- and a missed opportunity about how to start applying that knowledge in schools. We'd be wise to pay closer attention to both trends.

Food, Toxics and ADHD: Old Fears, Ever Stronger Science

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

A Harvard study recently published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine associates a mother's low level exposure to mercury while pregnant with greater risk of her child later developing ADHD-related behavior.

Using Music in the Classroom to Educate, Engage and Promote Understanding

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.08.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In a day when activities and education methods get replaced year after year with the "next big thing," music will remain a constant to which every student (year after year) will form a connection.

Texting, TV and Tech Trashing Children's Attention Spans

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Although teachers see a number of advantages in young people's heavy use of digital media (especially in their ability to find information quickly and efficiently), it is the potentially harmful effects that have families, educators and policy makers worried.