Holly Korbey

Holly Korbey writes about parenting and education for the The New York Times, The Nervous Breakdown, FearLess Revolution, Babble, and Brain,Child magazine. She lives in Nashville with her family. Follower her on Twitter: @HKorbey

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Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom

Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom

| June 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

More teachers are using digital games in the classroom, and they’re using them more frequently, according to a new teacher survey just released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But more surprisingly, the study reveals that teachers are finding that one of the most impactful use of games is for motivating and rewarding students, specifically those who are low-performing.

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Is Kindergarten Too Young to Test?

Is Kindergarten Too Young to Test?

| February 7, 2014 | 31 Comments

Childhood learning experts, parents, and teachers are voicing strong opposition against mandating standardized tests for kindergarteners.

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Two (Optimistic) Predictions for Learning in 2014

Two (Optimistic) Predictions for Learning in 2014

| January 2, 2014 | 4 Comments

The beginning of a new year always prompts list-making — resolutions, what went right last year, what can be done better in the next. How will 2013′s trends shape the year ahead? Looking into a crystal ball (and with input from experts), these are just two of many)movements we hope will take shape in classrooms across the country in 2014.

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Creative Ways to Bring Music to Students — Every Day!

Creative Ways to Bring Music to Students — Every Day!

| December 13, 2013 | 15 Comments

Many schools recognize music classes as a priority for a variety of social and academic benefits, but hurdles like time and money keep schools from offering even elementary school students dedicated music class more than two times per week. Here’s how some schools are finding creative was to make it happen.

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In the Rush to Buy New Tech for Common Core, What Happens to the Big Picture?

In the Rush to Buy New Tech for Common Core, What Happens to the Big Picture?

| December 3, 2013 | 9 Comments

As schools and districts prepare for the Common Core State Standards, the pressure to buy new technology overtakes the need to create a vision and a plan for smart long-term use.

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How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core?

How Does ‘Lord of the Flies’ Fit Into Common Core?

| November 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Many teachers have yet to begin assigning harder, Common Core-approved books. According to a recent Thomas B. Fordham Institute report, a survey of teachers shows that, while many are aware of Common Core’s requirement for assigning harder books, few have yet to implement the changes because they are more focused on reading skills.

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Will the New SAT Be a Better Barometer for College Readiness?

Will the New SAT Be a Better Barometer for College Readiness?

| November 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

The new test is slated to be revealed in January, and as of now it’s hard to know specifically what the changes will actually look like, and in what ways the test will be “improved” for test takers.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Parent-Teacher Conference

How to Get the Most Out of a Parent-Teacher Conference

| November 7, 2013 | 12 Comments

Over the next few weeks, parents and teachers will sit across from each other in tiny chairs and discuss a child’s progress in a parent-teacher conference. And though parents and teachers alike may experience the anxiety of expectations, conferences represent one of the most enduring and important home-school communication mechanisms used to discuss a child’s growth and progress.

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Imagery: A Key to Understanding Math

Imagery: A Key to Understanding Math

| October 31, 2013 | 7 Comments

According to math educators, mathematical imagery is what students are missing, and what causes confusion. “Mathematics is a way to read the world of nature and technology around us. If a teacher can convey this, the entire world becomes an exciting textbook.”

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How to Create Effective Homework

How to Create Effective Homework

| October 18, 2013 | 17 Comments

Strategies on how to make time spent on homework as effective and helpful as possible.

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