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Teaching Children

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

5 Ways to Connect With Our Kids and Why We Should Start Practicing Them Now

Allison Chawla | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

In all of my studies surrounding parenting, there is one reoccurring variable that continues to support healthy child-parent relationships, and that is making the effort to genuinely connect with kids.

Do Parents Squash the Kindness in Their Kids?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If all of us parents could try not to let those opportunities to help and care pass by, if we could all try being kinder, if we could just try not to squash the kindness in our kids, just imagine what might happen.

Let's Make 2015 the Year of the Whole Child

Becky Pringle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Becky Pringle

We need to provide paths for educators to become leaders outside their classrooms in order to make sure schools and communities are meeting the needs of the whole child.

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

Voices From the Virtual Street: What Does Public Education Mean to You?

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Public education, in my opinion, is one of the greatest gifts to our youth -- but only if this gift is given to them with their unique emotional, mental, and developmental needs in mind.

Earth Day Ideas From My School to Yours

Ted Wells | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Ted Wells

At The Park School in Brookline, MA, where I teach fourth grade, we do the things that most schools do, but we have also been working to connect with and protect the environment.

A Letter to My Second Graders

Becca Wertheim | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Becca Wertheim

I have some very important things to tell you. I mean, super important. You ready? Turn on your best listening ears. Open up those learning eyes nice and wide. Get that brain warmed up. Because what I'm about to tell you is something that I hope you'll always remember.

Teaching Art Appreciation, One Platypus at a Time

Wendy Francis | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Wendy Francis

How hard could it be chatting about famous artists and their paintings with 5-year-olds? The 20-minute session seemed to swim with possibilities for great encounters and one-liners from innocent minds.

How Our Dinner Table Influenced Our Future Generation of Men

Tara Campbell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Tara Campbell

Our round table is where each of us had a voice and was equally heard. We didn't have a head of the table but the hierarchy of our family unit was clear. We all came to the table to celebrate our day together and to check in with each other.

The X Factor That All Kids Need To Have

Maureen Dawn Healy | Posted 11.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Maureen Dawn Healy

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGot some chutzpah? Or some stubborn determination to succeed when the chips are down? Is this what Angela Lee Duckworth is referring to when she says grit?

Every Generation Must Find Its Own Way To Teach "Grit"

John Thompson | Posted 11.15.2013 | TED Weekends
John Thompson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy best teachers believed that their job was not to "teach the subject," but to "teach the student." Book smarts were great, but academic success was not the end-all, be-all of school.

'You've Got to Be Carefully Taught'

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.07.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

When my first child began to talk, I was astonished to hear my words, phrases and tone of voice coming from a 2-year-old.

Data-driven Instruction or Educator Insanity?

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

I am not opposed to data, and certainly not to evaluating the needs of students to help them grow. The problem, for me, is the repeated emphasis on one-size-fits-all skills and goals for our children.

If Children Are For Learning, Then Let Them Play

Bethany Wilinski | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Bethany Wilinski

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI worry that the focus on developing standards and assessment measures to frame and evaluate children's learning in pre-K programs obscures the need to think deeply about what children in these programs should be doing on a daily basis.

Tapping Into What Young People Know

Marguerite Wilson | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Marguerite Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNot everyone shares the Western assumption that children should have an extended, protected childhood. The circumstances of life in different parts of the world create different assumptions about what childhood should look like.

20 Things Your Child Needs From You When Things Change

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

Whether it is a new baby, a big move or Mommy's going back to work, our kids need us to help them find their way along life's tumbling, twisting path.

Secure Students' Hearts, Or You Don't Have A Shot At Their Brains

Angela Maiers | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Angela Maiers

My engagement usually has an official sounding title. I conduct "walk-throughs" and "technology audits," and advise on "best practices for technology integration." So what is the first piece of advice I offer to every group of educators I advise?

The Power of Compassion: A Lesson at the Zoo

Ellen Kellner | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Ellen Kellner

I have experienced and witnessed that the only way to transmute violence, anger, and fear is with courageous love and compassion.

10 Websites to Help Teach Kids about Money

Women & Co | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

If you want to raise a money-savvy child in the 21st century, there are plenty of commercial, government and non-profit websites out there to help.

A Mom Teaches Her Children the Importance of Food (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 07.10.2012 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

With her husband overseas serving in the military, Gilbert endeavors to educate and instill an appreciation for fresh, locally produced food with her three young boys.

Teaching My Daughter the Value of Money

Women & Co | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

How are you teaching your children the value of money?

Learning When (And When Not) To Say 'No'

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 05.12.2012 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

It was nice to remember that we could say "no" to behavior that makes our lives harder ... But there are other times when I can't decide whether it's appropriate to say "no."

Anthea Anka: My Kid Is A Brain Surgeon. Or So I'm Hoping.

Red Room | Posted 01.21.2012 | Parents
Red Room

The most amusing sort of parents -- to me of course -- are the ones that push the bounds of what their kids can do because they simply can't help themselves.