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Martin Burrett

Teens are growing up more slowly today than they did in past decades - 0 views

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    "Many people believe that teenagers today grow up faster than they used to, while others argue that today's youth are growing up more slowly, perhaps due to overprotection by their parents. A new study explored this issue by examining how often teens in recent years (compared to teens in previous decades) engaged in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, or having sex. The study found that today's adolescents are less likely than their predecessors to take part in activities typically undertaken by adults."
Martin Burrett

Study highlights value of acknowledging adolescents' perspectives - 0 views

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    "Across very different cultures - Ghana and the United States - when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. Yet having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for youths in the United States but not in Ghana."
Martin Burrett

Bilingual children learn other languages easier - 2 views

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    "It is often claimed that people who are bilingual are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, the first study to examine bilingual and monolingual brains as they learn an additional language offers new evidence that supports this hypothesis, researchers say.

    The study, conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, suggests that early bilingualism helps with learning languages later in life."
Martin Burrett

Study suggests an answer to young people's persistent sleep problems - 4 views

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    "A collaborative research project involving James Cook University and the University of Queensland indicates high rates of sleep problems continuing through teenage years and into early adulthood - but also suggests a natural remedy."
Martin Burrett

Self-concepts of ability in maths and reading predict later attainment - 2 views

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    "Educational and developmental psychologists have tried to understand how skills and motivation are linked to academic achievement. While research supports ties between individuals' concepts of their abilities and their achievement, we lack a complete picture of how these relations develop from childhood to adolescence. A new longitudinal study looked at how youths' self-concepts are linked to their actual academic achievement in maths and reading from middle childhood to adolescence. The study found that students' self-concepts of their abilities in these two academic domains play an important role in motivating their achievements over time and across levels of achievement."
Martin Burrett

Oldest in class do better, even into university, study finds - 1 views

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    "It's been known for years that the oldest children in class perform better in school than their youngest classmates. But according to a new study co-authored by University of Toronto Scarborough economist Elizabeth Dhuey, that gap can persist, with older children more likely to attend post-secondary school and graduate from an elite university."
Vicki Davis

U.S. manufacturing producing more with fewer workers | Pew Research Center - 0 views

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    Fascinating fact that our manufacturing sector is producing more goods with less people, making it very efficient and strong. This would be an interesting way to teach older children about data and charts.
Vicki Davis

Common Visual Design Mistakes That Ruin the Way Your Course Looks | The Rapid E-Learnin... - 1 views

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    Some great reminders for those designing blended learning courses.
Vicki Davis

Your face gives clues to your name, suggesting your name has affected your appearance -... - 1 views

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    This is kind of crazy. Name your child well, because they'll begin to look like it. Wow. This would be interesting to discuss with kids and you could even teach some about the scientific method -- about control groups, etc.
Vicki Davis

Strong Work Friendships Reduce Social Conflict in Female Workforce | Psych Central News - 0 views

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    "New research suggests an employer-facilitated workplace culture that supports positive, social relationships between women coworkers reduces the risk of conflict among women employees." - Interesting study relating to gender in the workplace.
Vicki Davis

It's not just lack of sleep: why pupils with an "owl" chronotype get lower grades - Res... - 0 views

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    Students do better when they have a clock more aligned with their own body clock. Actually most kids may actually test better in the afternoons! Interesting study.
Vicki Davis

The Science of Pep Talks - 1 views

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    A good pep talk has three elements according to science 1) "uncertainty reducing language" 2) empathetic language and 3) meaning-making language. This applies to sports and the classroom and life. This is from the Harvard Business Review.
Jonathan Tepper

Professional Development For Teachers | Edthena - 5 views

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    Edthena allows any type of camera to be used. It offers a good repository that allows teachers to look for growth within their own videos by comparison.
Martin Burrett

Internet use in class tied to lower test scores - 2 views

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    "Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students.
    Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes. Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos."
Martin Burrett

Study finds cash and coins help engage primary maths students - 1 views

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    "Primary school students are more likely to understand and engage with maths if classes use real money and real-life projects, according to a Western Sydney University pilot study.
    The findings come as Australian students lag behind other countries in maths, with Year 4 students dropping from 18th to 28th out of 49 countries in year 4 maths in the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science study."
Martin Burrett

Student well-being is greater in classrooms with higher emotional intelligence - UKEdCh... - 1 views

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    "Group emotional intelligence represents the emotional intelligence shared by the students of a classroom, in other words, "the atmosphere in the group, the way the group addresses a problem, the capacity it has to understand the emotions being experienced in the classroom," explained Arantxa Gorostiaga, a researcher in the department of Social Psychology and Methodology of Behavioural Sciences and member of the UPV/EHU's Qualiker research group."
Martin Burrett

When fish come to school, kids get hooked on science - 2 views

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    "A programme that brings live fish into classrooms to teach the fundamentals of biology not only helps students learn, but improves their attitudes about science, a new study finds.

    The study of nearly 20,000 K-12 students, who raised zebrafish from embryos over the course of a week, found that kids at all grade levels showed significant learning gains. They also responded more positively to statements such as "I know what it's like to be a scientist." The results, to be published by the journal PLOS Biology, suggest that an immersive experience with a living creature can be a particularly successful strategy to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths."
Martin Burrett

Positive school climates can narrow achievement gaps - 1 views

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    Positive school climates contribute to academic achievement and can improve outcomes for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, according to a new study published today in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
    In a comprehensive analysis of research published since 2000, U.S. and Israeli researchers found substantial evidence that schools with positive climates can narrow achievement gaps among students of different socioeconomic backgrounds and between students with stronger and weaker academic abilities...
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