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Rae Pica is co-founder of BAM Radio Network: The Education Station, where she is also the host of Teacher's Aid. Rae has been an education consultant since 1980, is the author of 18 books for educators and parents, and is the founder and director of Moving & Learning.

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Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning?

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 4:57 PM

A few years back, Christy Isbell, a pediatric occupational therapist and friend, presented a workshop at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), with a title indicating it was about teaching children who won't sit still. The exact name escapes me now, but...

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Bribes and Threats Work, But...

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Some time ago, I was doing movement activities with a group of five-year-olds. I wanted them to stand straight and tall but, following the philosophy of movement education, I didn't want to simply tell them to stand straight and tall. Instead, I asked them to imagine their bodies were like...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:22 PM

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?

I admit to having had...

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Can White Educators Successfully Teach Black Boys?

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Just in time for Black History Month, we at BAM Radio Network decided to take on a topic we hadn't before addressed on Teacher's Aid: the education of black children. Black boys, in particular.

Why black boys? Well, with the vast majority of full and part-time...

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Talking About the Taboo in Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Why would anybody, let alone a teacher, choose to contribute to a show exploring education topics usually shoved under the rug? Why would anybody, let alone a teacher, want to contribute to the negative narrative surrounding American education? Isn't there already enough teacher-bashing going on? Aren't there already enough people...

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"Appreciate" Teachers, "Idolize" Celebrities. Hmm...

(17) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Teacher Appreciation Week is a good start, but why do teachers get a week while entertainers get our praise, tweets, fan mail and attention 24/7/365? Why do entertainers get red carpets, limousines, Emmys, Oscars, and Grammys, while teachers get apples, cards, plaques, and mugs? Why do we value our celebrities...

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What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

(127) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 4:00 PM

When writing my Huffington Post piece on children and gun play, I found myself wondering what would happen if everyone understood child development. What changes would come about in education? How much healthier would children's lives be if this unique period of their lives was fully understood?

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Terrorist Tots?

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 7:03 PM

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting and other incidents, school safety understandably is on everyone's minds. At a Department of Education open house earlier this month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that the Biden/Obama proposal on gun control had created one of his proudest moments while serving...

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A Dress Code for Teachers? Or Anything Goes?

(42) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Who could have imagined that the issue of teacher attire would be such a hot-button topic? But, then, who could have imagined that the day would come when teachers sported too-tight clothes and showed too much skin? And, no, I'm not talking about just the female teachers. This is not...

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

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 11:32 AM

Studies suggest that it's important to career success to be able to speak glowingly about one's work skills and accomplishments. In fact, a recent report indicates humility in the workplace may be a liability.

Educators, of course, are known for their humility. Theirs is a broadly accepted practice...

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Early Childhood Education Professionals: At the Table or On the Menu

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 12:37 PM

In the past, early childhood professionals didn't have to worry about legislation and policy. They quietly and diligently went about their work, preparing young children to read and write, to "use their words," and to take turns. They knew their work mattered; they saw it on the attentive faces, and...

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Just Say "No" to Keyboarding in Kindergarten

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 2:25 PM

In an earlier piece for Huff -- and an earlier segment of Body, Mind and Child -- I asked whether or not we should continue to teach handwriting in the digital age. I found the feedback surprising, as more individuals than expected unequivocally proclaimed that handwriting...

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Is It the Early Childhood Professional's Job to Worry About Fitness?

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 4:41 PM

Should the physical fitness of young children be the concern of early childhood professionals? Or is it a matter for the family, and the family alone, to worry about?

Michelle Obama believes it's the former. And, given the alarming facts surrounding the childhood obesity crisis, I have to agree with...

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

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Teaching has become the Rodney Dangerfield of professions in this country. In fact, a recent ranking of the top 200 jobs in the U.S., based on such criteria as income, physical demands, and stress, put public school teaching at a sad 100. Teaching actually ranked nine spots lower...

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Stealth Bullies: The Hidden Face of Bullying

(9) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 1:50 PM

Bullying is one of the biggest issues in education today. There are articles in professional journals and parenting magazines about it. There are news stories, it seems almost weekly, about it. There are websites and organizations dedicated to fighting it. There is plenty of advice about preventing it. There's even...

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When Did a Big Hug Become a Bad Thing?

(20) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 6:52 PM

There was a time when the conventional wisdom was that we needed four hugs a day to survive, eight hugs a day to maintain, and 12 to grow. Later, as media reports of sexual assault cases spread like viruses, along with fear of lawsuits, educators and children were schooled in...

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Teaching Girls They're More Than a Pretty Face

(8) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 5:26 PM

"Study after study shows that girls believe how they look is the key to their popularity -- their self-esteem. They think how they look is who they are."

These are the words of Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, in a discussion for Body,...

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Why Kids Need "Gym Class"

(15) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 5:56 PM

I hated "gym" when I was a kid. I didn't want to climb the rope, especially with 30 other children and the teacher watching, when I was terrified of heights -- and rope burns. I couldn't jump the horse and didn't understand why I had to. The sight of a...

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Should We Teach Handwriting in the Digital Age?

(8) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 3:41 PM

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 a memo sent to school leaders, the Department stated that, in accordance with the Common Core standards, students will be "expected...

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Is Pre-K Testing and Accountability Coming?

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Last week it was announced that, as part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), states wanting a shot at a grant will need to have standards and assessments in place to gauge children's kindergarten readiness. The possibility of Pre-K testing and accountability already has...

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