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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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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Teaching Thoreau In a Hyper-Connected World

Teaching Thoreau In a Hyper-Connected World

| October 11, 2013 | 5 Comments

Teachers are challenging students to set aside their hyper-connected lives and consider Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

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Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code?

Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code?

| October 8, 2013 | 15 Comments

Handwork and technology might seem at first glance to be at odds. But there’s a case to be made that handwork and computing — and the kind of process that links the two — are more closely related than one might think.

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Finding the Beauty in Math

Finding the Beauty in Math

| October 1, 2013 | 27 Comments

How does a person fall in love with math? For too many, math class conjures up anxious worksheets filled with rows of unanswered problems. Students go along, seeming to perform the steps required — plug in the formulas, solve for x — without ever understanding what they’re doing, or why.

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All Hands On Deck: Getting Kids Excited About STEM

All Hands On Deck: Getting Kids Excited About STEM

| September 25, 2013 | 10 Comments

Most American high school students aren’t leaning toward careers in math or science — actually, they’re leaning away. While higher education will need to address reasons kids drop out of math and science majors, professionals in the STEM fields are stepping forward hoping to get younger kids excited enough to stay.

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Is it Time to Redefine “Gifted and Talented”?

Is it Time to Redefine “Gifted and Talented”?

| September 16, 2013 | 21 Comments

How “giftedness” plays out in the classroom for the roughly 3 million students who qualify can be hard to characterize. Some gifted and talented programs emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, others focus on creativity, and still others take what’s going on in standard classrooms and go into greater depth and complexity.

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How Educators Can Address Parents’ Confusion About Common Core

How Educators Can Address Parents’ Confusion About Common Core

| September 9, 2013 | 17 Comments

As more schools start implementing Common Core this year, the majority of public school parents said they didn’t know about it, or if it was happening in their schools.

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Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow

Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow

| September 4, 2013 | 15 Comments

Just a couple of short years ago, the presence of tablets in schools was an exceptional phenomenon. This year, as students across the country go back to school, the presence of tablets is far more common in classrooms. Here are the top-rated devices for education and a look what’s distinct about each one.

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Debunking the Genius Myth

Debunking the Genius Myth

| August 30, 2013 | 9 Comments

Two authors use the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to try and convince teens, with lots of pop culture references and humor thrown in, that understanding how their brain learns can help them “totally rule the world.”

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