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The Learning Habit

Smartphones in Class Should Be Suspended

Lisa Rinkus | Posted 02.25.2017 | Parents
Lisa Rinkus

Right now, policies vary about smartphone usage state by state, school by school, teacher by teacher. Consistent, digital communications policies in classrooms are needed that benefit the children.

How The Learning Habit Is Changing American Homework

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Books such as The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and the research behind them, are inspiring parents to take a look at the conventional wisdom behind giving children unlimited amounts of time to complete homework assignments.

Understanding Test Anxiety and What We Can Do to Help Children

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

A staggering 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making it the most frequent academic impairment in our schools today Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety. These students actually draw a "blank" or "freeze-up" during tests.

The Case Against Group Projects: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Them

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The most successful children are the ones who are able to take responsibility for things only within their area of control-- and let other things go. Easier said then done. In education, this concept can be an exceptionally ambiguous concept when children are asked to work on a group project.

'Mommy, What Does 'Die' Mean?'

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

It never occurred to me that her little brain was trying to put together the pieces and understand the immense sadness that filled our house. She just didn't have the communication skills.

Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root By Age 9 -- Here's What That Means for Parents

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

A recent study out of Brown University has concluded that routines and habits in children, including household chores and responsibilities, are unlikely to vary after the age of 9.

5 Easy Homework Strategies in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

5 Ways To Relieve Homework Stress in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

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.

How Not to Raise a Generation of Quitters

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The new parenting model is a "hybrid" philosophy called "Empowerment Parenting" and it might just help us raise an entire generation of successful students.

Trouble Focusing? New Checklist Can Help Parents Make Evaluations

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Were you one of the many parents who ended 2014 feeling a little concerned about their child's attention span? You're not alone. These parents were looking to make a change in 2015, but didn't know where to begin.

The Toughest Decisions in Life Are Gray

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Important decisions aren't black and white. In fact, they are surprisingly gray. Hard choices don't have a fairytale ending -- the real ending is one we often replay over and over in our minds.

The Clever New Way TV Advertises Alcohol to Kids

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media
Rebecca Jackson

We know that children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to advertising. We are aware that they are easily influenced by peer pressure. We see that they have a self-image that is fragile and is still being molded. Parents, educators and advertising executives are all aware of these simple truths.

School Should Also Be About Learning Through Play

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Creating opportunities for all children to learn, in a country as vast as the United States, is a unique challenge. One salient point all sides seem to agree on is that children learn though play. Exactly what that "play" looks like and where it takes place has been a hotly debated topic this week.

How Children Develop an Internal Clock

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

When teaching a child how to learn time, it's imperative that they develop an internal clock. This is the only way they will learn how to self-regulate. If parents are reminding children or using orders, children will not self-regulate.

The 4 Questions Parents Should Ask Before Helping a Child

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

As the school year progresses, many parents want to know how they can help their child learn. We asked teachers and educators, "What are the two traits parents should focus on to assist children this school year?"

Why the Creators' Kids Have 'Low-Tech' Parents

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

This week, parents learned that Steve Jobs was a "low tech" dad at home. His children didn't spend the evenings hopping from one glorious iPad to another. They had a regular family dinner and (gasp) read books.

The 3 C's of Media Use

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Online homework assignments can offer engagement and instruction for students without the need for parental assistance.

The Powerful Habit That Helps Kids With Homework

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Many wonderful parents across the United States were kind enough to open their doors to me so that I could observe their family routines while writing case studies for my forthcoming book, The Learning Habit.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Back-To-Basics in a Digital World

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

For some parents, talking with their child's teacher about their expectations and learning about the teacher's priorities for their child can be an eye-opening experience.