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3 ways to teach kids storytelling, a skill that matters during coronavirus isolation and always

3 ways to teach kids storytelling, a skill that matters during coronavirus isolation and always

The Conversation – Cathy Miyata During this unprecedented era of separation and isolation due to coronavirus, all people, particularly children, urgently need to build relationships, connect with community and foster a sense of self. Parents can help restore their children’s sense of self and belonging through storytelling activities. Storytelling is a human pursuit that crosses all cultures and generations and can help restore some of the missing elements in our children’s lives today. Read...
Parents need to be ‘learning coaches’ for students staying at home this fall, Frisco ISD says

Parents need to be ‘learning coaches’ for students staying at home this fall, Frisco ISD says

The Dallas Morning News – Brandi Addison For the 2020-2021 school year, Frisco ISD has given students and their families a choice between face-to-face instruction and online learning. The latter model, a “virtual academy,” would require “parents to be heavily invested in facilitating learning,” according to the school district. Chief Academic Officer Wes Cunningham said this is because parents set the tone for students when they leave campus. If a student is learning remotely, parents must take on the role of “learning coach” and provide academic support for their children. That level of support hinges on the student’s grade level and abilities as well as their family dynamics, Cunningham said. Every student has different needs. Read...
LEGO & National Geographic Partner In “Explore The World” Campaign

LEGO & National Geographic Partner In “Explore The World” Campaign

Moms – Jennifer Hill Robenalt LEGO and National Geographic have come together for a campaign that might inspire children to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems— from the comfort of home. In the spirit of travel, adventure, and scientific discovery, the two iconic brands have just launched the “Explore the World” initiative to encourage kids to learn more about our planet’s natural wonders and animals through playsets and online...
Move Over STEM: Why SHAPE Skills Will Add True Value To Tomorrow’s Workforce

Move Over STEM: Why SHAPE Skills Will Add True Value To Tomorrow’s Workforce

Forbes – Josie Cox Yes, the future of work will be data-centric, technology-based and digital, but the STEM-skilled portion of the workforce needs a non-STEM-skilled contingent to truly thrive and to balance it out. Human agility, emotional intelligence and creativity will never become redundant. Neither will foreign languages and other core transferable skills, like an ability to communicate, reason and think critically. We simply can’t afford to test that hypothesis. Read...
Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

The Conversation – Jennifer Ruef I teach people how to teach math, and I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I’ve met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics. When people share their stories with me, there are common themes. These include someone telling them they were “not good at math,” panicking over timed math tests, or getting stuck on some math topic and struggling to move past it. The topics can be as broad as fractions or an entire class, such as Algebra or Geometry. Read...