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

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

| November 20, 2013 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 9 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 | 20 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 | 28 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 | 30 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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