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Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

| May 6, 2013 | 8 Comments

By Shankar Vedantam For some years now, teachers and parents have noted something about boys and girls. Starting in elementary school, young girls often score better on reading and math tests than young boys do. The differences are uneven on different tests and do not describe the experience of every child, but empirical studies do […]

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might be more difficult because of it. Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their “study observation forms,” […]

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Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

| April 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

Competency-based learning, which allows students to progress at their own pace after they’ve shown mastery of a subject, rather than by their age, is quickly gaining momentum. Already, a few states like New Hampshire, Maine, and Oregon are moving towards implementing competency-based learning models throughout the entire state. What’s more, 40 states have at least […]

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Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown

Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown

| April 26, 2013 | 78 Comments

By Matt Levinson Kids operate in a blizzard of communication — texts, social media, music, photography, games, and videos. They’re eager to share any and all new media they discover. In fact, their default action is to share and distribute as they’re living the moment. For the most part, adults take on a more contained, […]

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Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

| April 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

Jeremy Rusnock/Courtesy Imagination Stage By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?” It’s not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it’s used to help […]

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In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

| April 19, 2013 | 5 Comments

Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce “successful” students. Knowing that American students are competing against a global pool of the best and brightest has led education leaders to focus more on how they score on international tests […]

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Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

| April 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Lizzie Chen /NPR By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Over the years, there have been a lot of claims about the benefits of the arts on the mind: Listening to Mozart makes you smarter; playing an instrument makes you better at math. One program — funded in part by the federal government — is putting these theories […]

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To Break the Mold, Is Competency Learning the Key?

To Break the Mold, Is Competency Learning the Key?

| April 17, 2013 | 10 Comments

Ask an educator about what it’s like teaching a room full of students, and you’ll likely hear a similar refrain: No two kids learn the same way or grasp concepts at the exact same time.As a result, educators often say they resort to “teaching to the middle.” More schools are starting to question whether traditional […]

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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

| April 12, 2013 | 22 Comments

Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated. So, what should students be learning now to stay relevant?

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Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You

Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

Responding to worries that school is not preparing students for the jobs of the future, there’s been a concerted effort lately to emphasize the importance of learning STEM subjects. President Obama made a pitch for STEM in his State of the Union address this year saying, “we’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges […]

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