Teaching kids about how people change in adolescence may reduce the incidence of depression that often accompanies the transition to high school, a new study
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Despite the fact that we live in a hyperconnected world, employers are still concerned that productivity will be negatively impacted by telecommuting.
A new study may quell concerns as University of Illinois researchers discovered telecommuting yields positive effects for two important measures of employee performance.
Furthermore, researchers discovered the ability to telecommute may produce strong positive effects for some employees.
Michigan State University researchers discovered when a person is told that hard work can override genetic ability, performing the work causes instant changes in the brain, and may make the person more willing to strive for success.
The findings suggest the human brain is more receptive to the message that intelligence comes from the environment, regardless of whether it’s true.
And this simple message, said Michigan State’s Hans Schroder, may ultimately prompt us to work harder.
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Do you have a student who acts out anger indirectly?
For many, a day without a smartphone a day without sunshine. The issue becomes much more complicated if we believe we have lost our phones compounding anxiety and stress.
A new study outlines potential coping mechanisms. Surprisingly, few smart-phone users have a plan to minimize repercussions associated with loss of the device.
Experts contend that the smartphone has changed our behavior — sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before — sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the device.
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Could a video game a day keep the doctor away? New research from Oxford University shows that kids who engage in less than an hour of video game playing each day are better adjusted and have fewer conduct problems than those who have never played or those who play for three hours or more.
Research indicates that giftedness also is associated with intellectual, emotional, imaginational, sensual, and psychomotor “over-excitabilities”. Gifted individuals tend to be emotionally sensitive and empathic, making the normal rough and tumble of the playground stressful for them. Because they often feel they are held to higher standards than their peers, they can find it difficult to accept criticism (nothing short of perfection is felt as failure). Their over-excitability can make them stand out from peers (and not in a good way), leading them to feel isolated and misunderstood as children and as adults.
So what do the gifted need to reach their full potential? Research shows that these are perhaps the three most important factors…
A new study suggests posting sexy or revealing photos by girls and young women on social media sites gives their female peers a bad impression.
“There is so much pressure on teen girls and young women to portray themselves as sexy, but sharing those sexy photos online may have more negative consequences than positive,” Daniels said.
Unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children. It is fertile ground; the place where children strengthen social bonds, build emotional maturity, develop cognitive skills, and shore up their physical health. The value of free play, daydreaming, risk-taking, and independent discovery have been much in the news this year, and a new study by psychologists at the University of Colorado reveals just how important these activities are in the development of children’s executive functioning.
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New research indicates that practicing the right way is crucial to learning new skills.
“The study suggests that learning can be improved,” said Stafford. “You can learn more efficiently or use the same practice time to learn to a higher level. As we live longer, and more of our lives become based around acquiring complex skills, optimal learning becomes increasingly relevant to everyone.
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Dissecting The Common Core State Standards with Dr. Louisa Moats.
Dr. Moats: I never imagined when we were drafting standards in 2010 that major financial support would be funneled immediately into the development of standards-related tests. How naïve I was. The CCSS represent lofty aspirational goals for students aiming for four year, highly selective colleges. Realistically, at least half, if not the majority, of students are not going to meet those standards as written, although the students deserve to be well prepared for career and work through meaningful and rigorous education.
Our lofty standards are appropriate for the most academically able, but what are we going to do for the huge numbers of kids that are going to “fail” the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test? We need to create a wide range of educational choices and pathways to high school graduation, employment, and citizenship. The Europeans got this right a long time ago.
New research shows that emotions expressed via online social networks, such as Facebook, influence the moods of others — and in a good way.
Investigators discovered positive emotions are much more prevalent on Facebook, rebutting theories that viewing positive posts by friends may somehow affect us negatively.
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Researchers at Dartmouth College say these findings suggest that schools serving low-income students should work brief bouts of exercise into their daily schedules.
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Elementary school classrooms often include a mosaic of art and educational material cluttering the room, covering walls and sometimes even glazing the ceiling.
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