HOW CHILDHOOD TRAUMA RESULTS IN BRAINS WIRED FOR FEAR

Today, I want to discuss childhood trauma and how it leads to brains wired for fear. As I write this article, I am thinking about a former love interest. I remember her telling me the gory details of all the childhood trauma that she endured, and it made me feel a bit guilty for having lived a relatively sheltered childhood ...

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8 TIPS ON NURTURING YOUR YOUNG CHILD’S CURIOSITY

We often take for granted the role that curiosity plays in the learning process. Research has shown that curious children outperform their peers in the subjects of reading and math. But how can we nurture curiosity in young children? To develop this skill, children need to be taught socio-emotional skills like imagination, innovation, invention, resilience, focus, and the ability to ...

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THE BEST STORIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Before the advent of all access TV, phones that play videos and games, and movies that can be accessed at any time and from anywhere, parents used to plan bedtime around reading stories together. It is not uncommon to hear a small child say, “I want Horton Hears a Who!” But, is it the same for the child’s brain when ...

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FOUR COGNITIVE SKILLS SUPERCHARGED BY MUSIC EDUCATION

In recent times, music programs seem to be one of the elements being reduced or eliminated in schools. However, music has so many educational benefits for all students, not just for those who are musically gifted. Students that are not musically talented can also participate and sharpen different cognitive skills while musically inclined students will take their learning one step ...

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FIVE WAYS TO KEEP PRESCHOOLERS ACTIVE AND UNLOCK LEARNING POTENTIAL

When imagining a preschool classroom, one may picture a loud classroom with yelling toddlers and toys strewn across the room mixed with some tears and tired teachers. That may very well be the scene to an outsider, but, deep within that classroom, flames of knowledge are igniting to shape the futures of those small humans who learn through activity. Harnessing ...

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HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADES

Thinking back on my K-12 and college years, I remember hearing my parents say “keep your grades up.” If it weren’t for good grades, I might not be where I am, on the second half of a purpose-filled career in the field of education. If you are a K-12 or college student looking to maintain or increase your GPA, you ...

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SHOULD YOU USE PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENTS INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL?

According to ASCD, “In the act of learning, people obtain content knowledge, acquire skills, and develop work habits—and practice the application of all three to “real world” situations.” The goal of performance-based assessments is the application of skills, strategies, and concepts to the problems institutions and businesses wrestle with in real life. Moving from head knowledge to problem-solving benefits students in ...

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THE MERITS OF USING AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENTS

Focused on developing a more authentic, fair method of assessing student knowledge than standardized tests, Grant Wiggins wrote an essay in the early 1990s in which he argued that “As long as we hold simplistic monitoring tests to be adequate models of and incentives for reaching national intellectual standards, student performance, teaching, and our thinking and discussion about assessment will ...

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