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  • Homework vs. YouTube: Tips for Reducing Distractions

    I would love to see you address strategies for addressing child who constantly switches to You Tube or other recreational web site during online homework.

    - Sarah

    As more and more homework goes online, students are tasked with a daunting task: How do I focus on the assignment and resist the allure of ... 

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  • 10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Boosting Your Child's Intelligence

    It am writing this one month into the school year and your kids are well into doing their homework and investing in big assignments.Every parent wants their child to succeed in school - but do you really know what intelligence is made of? It isn't just about IQ scores or test results.

    The more "yes" answers you have to the questions below, the more likely you are to foster intelligence... 

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  • Fail well, little one

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    Today my second child went off to kindergarten. He wore the blue plaid “kindergarten shirt” his big brother wore on his first day. When he boarded the bus and sat down, the window revealedonly a blond tuft and his little... 

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  • How To Choose the Best Childcare - Ask These 15 Questions

    "It is so stressful to figure out where to put Riley in childcare. On top of being expensive, we just don't even know where to start!"

    It is already emotionally taxing to leave your child in daycare for the first time. Sometimes Imageknowing more about... 

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  • Kids Need Parents and Teachers on the Same Page

    “I don’t give some kids Cs or Ds any more,” a high school teacher told me after I had just concluded a workshop.

    “Why?” I asked, assuming that I would hear how tired she was of arguing with a few chronically griping kids. However I learned that it wasn't the students causing her the grief.

    “I don’t want to fight with the parents... 

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  • Children and Sleep: Tired Brains Suffer in School

    Hello! Is there any research that shows a time of day for learning, retention of information, and developing skills that is better than others? Are there certain groups of people that do better at certain times of the day or does it depend more so on the individual?

    At this facility, our morning classes are starting earlier and earlier. Over the past... 

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  • Poverty and Kids' Brains

    I heard you give a talk not too long ago about how brain science can help us understand and solve many of our educational challenges. Can brain science explain the "achievement gap" that we teachers are struggling to close?

    --Kim, McKinney, TX

    Thanks Kim.  The answer to that question is an emphatic "yes." A full answer would... 

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  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    Poverty impacts brain development in critical ways. Here are four things to keep in mind as we look towards closing the achievement gap:

    1. Support early childhood nutrition programs.  The benefits far outweigh the cost.

    2. Suppport early childhood programs that work.

    3. Provide parent education.

    4. Provide young parent support in areas of attachment,... 

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