When Young People Fall In Love, What Have They Fallen Into?

Dr. Carl Pickhardt said that no more than 15 percent of teenage love stories that he’s known were truly love. Teenagers hardly fall in love; they fall into a depth of caring and yearning for caring, a more complex and compelling feelings than anything that they have felt before. As the feeling approaches, it involves more tensions and uncertainties than adults can imagine. Here’s a good summary of […]

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How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go, Starting With The Supermarket

How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go, Starting With The Supermarket

In America, a group of postdoctoral researchers at Temple University Infant & Child Laboratory conduct a supermarket project to help create opportunities for children to learn in their daily life with their caregivers and teachers. The cost for this intervention: It stays around $20 per market. Here’s the design: Signs are installed in various areas of the supermarket, prompting parents to ask their children to spark their curiosity. For […]

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Worried About Screen Time? Don’t Let Kids Go It Alone

Worried About Screen Time? Don’t Let Kids Go It Alone

Here’s a new way of modern education: purchase an educational app, stick the tablet in your kid’s hands, and most importantly, sit down and be present to him or her. On Apple’s store alone, there are more than 80,000 apps categorized as educational. As great as they are in encouraging brain development, they are not babysitters. A study, published in Child Development, proved that human guide helps […]

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Brains at Play: What Do We Know?

Brains at Play: What Do We Know?

Playing is fun. Playing is good. Whether by oneself or with a group, on a screen or on a board, we all like to play. Why so? Jaak Panksepp, a scientist who has dedicated himself to researching on brains at play, developed a hypothesis: Play is how we learn the rules of being social. Through playing, we learn what others like and do not like. We […]

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‘Helping Children Succeed’ Starts at Birth: A Case for The Power of Nurture

‘Helping Children Succeed’ Starts at Birth: A Case for The Power of Nurture

“I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.” One single sentence of support and high expectation could create a massive impact on students. An experiment cited in Paul Tough’s book, “Helping Children Succeed” showed that through this supportive message, 72% of black students voluntarily revised their papers and improved their grades, compared to just 17% […]

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Will Homework Disappear in the Age of Blended Learning?

Will Homework Disappear in the Age of Blended Learning?

Waukesha STEM Academy, a public K–8 charter school in Waukesha, Wis., USA, leverages blended learning to give students more time to master concepts by using a Flex model, in which students move independently between teacher-led instruction, online coursework, and STEM driven project-based learning, in an attempt to reduce the need for homework. Principal James Murray said, “Teachers here may teach 20 percent of the time or […]

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