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  • Learning by Reflection

    Learning From (Reflection On) Experience Skilled learners are aware not only of what they’re learning but how they’re learning (or not learning) it. They stop a moment during their studies to consider how much they’re retaining, assess their methods, shift gears, and test their own understanding of new material. As we’ll see, doing so is […]

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  • The Joy of Missing Out

    I’m sure you’ve all experienced the same thing time and time again – you finally get 10 minutes to yourself, but before you know it an hour or more has passed…. of you scrolling through the social media whirlpool. While it’s totally OK to look to Instagram and Facebook for a quick digital catch-up amongst […]

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  • Messy Play

    But why should children have messy play? Children fully immerse themselves in whatever they are doing and teach us what it is to live in the moment. The more they immerse themselves, the more neural pathways in the brain are made. This is researched fact. The more neural pathways, the better the adaptive response. Another […]

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  • Nature Activities for Children

    Who needs a list of activities that will get the kids outside in nature a bit more? Remember those days as a child when you would leave home in the morning, spend the whole day exploring the neighbourhood and your backyard, only to return just before the sun went down (or because you got hungry?). […]

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  • Children with ADD More Likely to Have Language Problems

    Kids with ADHD more likely to have language problems Scientists at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) have found that kids with ADHD have a high likelihood of developing language problems, which can lead to low academic performance and antisocial behaviour. Read More

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  • How To Raise a Reader

    How to raise a reader Read More

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  • No Rules School

    Dateline visits a school with no rules in New Zealand, but is the kids’ playtime chaos good for learning or has the principal gone too far? Read More

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  • Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read

    Anybody who has watched little boys for even five seconds knows that they are exhausting. At school, they tear around the playground, bolt through corridors and ricochet off classroom walls. According to a new Finnish study, this is all helping them to be better at reading. Read More

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  • Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

    Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. Some research, like Carol Dweck’s on growth mindset or Angela Duckworth’s on grit, quickly became catch phrases among educators. At the same time, critics have pushed back against the notion that students underperform only […]

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  • Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making

    The most important thing you can do to set up your tinkering space for primary students has nothing to do with the space. Of course you’ll need space for your students to work in, but the physical space for tinkering matters much less than the mental space that you create for young makers. Read More

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