Articles of Interest

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The Articles of Interest page provides an area on the website for faculty and staff members to share articles that focus on important topics or studies in the world of learning. Enjoy!

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7 Things every kid should master

Provided by Susan Engel

“I have reviewed more than 300 studies of K–12 academic tests. What I have discovered is startling. Most tests used to evaluate students, teachers, and school districts predict almost nothing except the likelihood of achieving similar scores on subsequent tests. I have found virtually no research demonstrating a relationship between those tests and measures of thinking or life outcomes.”

“Here are seven abilities and dispositions that kids should acquire or improve upon — and therefore should be measured — while in school. One key feature of the system I am suggesting is that it depends, like good research, on representative samples rather than on testing every child every year. We’d use less data, to better effect, and free up the hours, days, and weeks now spent on standardized test prep and the tests themselves, time that could be spent on real teaching and learning.”

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Shared by Kathleen Hart-Braun

Photo credit: Jason Raish

The Social Media Sandbox

Provided by 

“Unlike Barbies or Legos, there is no recommended age for letting your children play in the social media sandpit. There is no government-imposed age limit, like for consuming alcohol or driving. There is no parental guidebook (even if there was one, it would have to be updated weekly with each new social media upstart).”

“Children have much to gain from being on social media. They can learn how to communicate in today’s connected world, and to find and share news and information. And sites like Instagram and YouTube allow them to be creative and share things they’ve made.”

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Shared by Klay Shannon – Director of Technology

Engaged learning: Activated — Academy of Early Learning uses robots to teach students problem solving, estimation

Provided by Kathleen McKiernan

“Some of the skills we are seeing are amazing,” said Nancy Garlock, program coordinator. ‘Anytime you can present material in an exciting way, you’re going to engage students. The more engaged they are, the more they will learn.’

The robotics are in line with the new focus on STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math.”

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Shared by Richard Craig

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

“If you get hands-on and they’re really interacting with what they’re doing, it’s really helpful,” said Trey Lewis, a junior at North County. He’s had teachers that lecture a lot and much prefers doing the work to being told about it. He says it also adds a challenge since most hands-on projects at High Tech High North County are group projects, requiring collaboration, a leadership skill that all students agree isn’t always easy.”

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Shared by Debby Goyette

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

“The connection between learning and exercise seems to be especially strong for elementary school students. Given these findings, cutting back on physical education with the aim of improving academic performance, as some districts have done or may be considering, is likely to be counterproductive.”

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Shared by Bonnie Benes

Study Skills – A Handout for Parents

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“Many capable children at all grade levels experience frustration and failure in school, not because they lack ability, but because they do not have adequate study skills. Good study habits are important for success in school, to foster feelings of competence, to develop positive attitudes, and to help children realize they can control how well they do in school and in life. Good study habits lay the groundwork for successful work habits as an adult.”

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Shared by Debby Goyette

11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook


“Remember MySpace? Not so long ago, practically every teen in the world was on it –- and then many left for Facebook. Now, as Facebook’s popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new “it” social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools that let them write, share, video chat, and even shop for the latest trends.”

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Shared by Ana Moreno & Klay Shannon

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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

By  on

“The circuitry for paying attention is identical for the circuits for managing distressing emotion,” Goleman said. The area of the brain that governs focus and executive functioning is known as the pre-frontal cortex. This is also the part of the brain that allows people to control themselves, to keep emotions in check and to feel empathy for other people.

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Shared by Debby Goyette

Photo by Chramienko

Why Grades Should Reflect Mastery, Not Speed

By Ryan McLane on

“The question is, however, what actually went into that B? Unfortunately, a teacher’s grade book is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Did Johnny do well on tests, but fail to turn in some homework assignments, thus dropping him to a B? Possibly worse, did he do poorly on his tests, but those deficiencies were masked by Johnny’s reliable turning-in of homework or participation in class? Perhaps worse yet, did Johnny’s grade increase because he brought in a box of tissues or earned some other type of extra credit? I firmly believe the problems of the American education system are not the result of years of poor teaching practices. They are the result of years of poor grading practices.”

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Shared by Debby Goyette

Photo by Ben Seidelman

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

By  on

“Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might be more difficult because of it.” “I don’t care if a kid wants to tweet while she’s watching American Idol, or have music on while he plays a video game. But when students are doing serious work with their minds, they have to have focus.”

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Shared by Debby Goyette

Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News

Sorting kids at school: the return of ability grouping.

By , on Deseret News 

A new report shows that ability grouping in schools is on the rise, and prior research shows that teaching students in groups of like ability improves success for low and high achievers. There are important caveats, though.

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Shared by Debby Goyette

Photo by Michael Eric Bérubé


Dyslexia Workarounds: Creativity Without a Lot of Reading

By Melinda Beck, on The Wall Street Journal 

“Think of the word ‘bat,’ ” says Dr. Shaywitz. “If you are dyslexic, you have to retrieve the B and the A and the T separately each time. It’s exhausting.” Dyslexia can’t be cured, but imaging studies show that some remedial programs that help children learn sequential sound-letter relationships can rewire those circuits. Without such help, dyslexics may become accurate readers, but they never read fluidly. They often have problems spelling, writing, reading aloud and pronouncing words.

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Shared by Debby Goyette