Classroom programs designed to improve elementary school students’ social and emotional skills can also increase reading and math achievement, according to a new study.
The research, published in the American Educational Research Journal, found that the benefit holds true for students across a range of socio-economic backgrounds. It also works even if academic improvement is not a direct goal of the program to build social and emotional skills, according to the researchers.
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The ways in which we think and talk about education are changing — and not for the better.
Emotional intelligence needs to be a central component of bullying-prevention efforts from preschool to high school classrooms. Taking the law-and-order approach, characteristic of many existing programs, does not offer youths or adults the fundamental skills needed to regulate powerful emotions that, when unregulated, can lead to psychologically and physically harmful behaviors. Developing emotional intelligence is typically absent from the roll call of anti-bullying policies: zero tolerance, “hot spots” monitoring, rule creation, and one-shot assemblies. Even well-intentioned bystander interventions can have inadvertent consequences. For example, encouraging children to stand up to bullies can create anxiety and possibly lead them to be at risk for retaliation. We know that current practices are failing our nation’s children.What all children need instead is an education in emotional intelligence.
Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices.
Here are the free ones:
- iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
- Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
When it comes to student motivation, does the axiom, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” apply? Although I believe that, as instructors, we cannot force motivation and learning upon students, we do play a vital role regarding student motivation and a student’s ability to gain knowledge and proficiency in the subject matter.
Many educators are worried about how technology is affecting the amount of reading that students are doing. They notice that:
- Students are struggling to read and comprehend longer texts.
- Students are struggling to read deeply.
- Many students report that they don’t read outside of school at all.
There are a few contributing factors to this, technology being one and high-stakes testing being another. We could also argue that kids aren’t reading less, they’re reading differently.
ADHD diagnoses are rising rapidly around the world and especially in the United States, where 11% of children aged between 4 and 17 years old have been diagnosed with the disorder. Between half and two-thirds of those are put on medication, a decision often influenced by a child’s difficulties at school. And there are numerous reports of adolescents and young adults without ADHD using the drugs as study aids.
After decades of study, it has become clear that the drugs are not as transformative as their marketers would have parents believe. “I don’t know of any evidence that’s consistent that shows that there’s any long-term benefit of taking the medication,” says James Swanson, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine.
Two years ago, when we were in a different school, in a different state, I pulled my children out of a school because of the math program. At that school, they used a discovery learning approach and shunned standard algorithms. When we moved, we chose our current school because the district embraces standard algorithms and explicitly teaches concepts. Though the curriculum and instructional strategies are completely different at the two schools, there is one underlying principle to which they both subscribe. They believe that getting the correct answer does not imply “deep understanding.” In the former school, students had to display their thinking in some form besides the standard algorithm. In the latter, students have to demonstrate their problem solving skills by following the prescribed process.
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In addition to their trouble with reading, people with dyslexia also have greater difficulty than typical readers do when it comes to managing competing sensory cues, according to a study reported February 13 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The findings suggest that action video games might improve literacy skills in those with dyslexia, which represent five to ten percent of the population.
"Imagine you are having a conversation with someone when suddenly you hear your name uttered behind you," says Vanessa Harrar of the University of Oxford. "Your attention shifts from the person you are talking to — the visual — to the sound behind you. This is an example of a cross-sensory shift of attention. We found that shifting attention from visual to auditory stimuli is particularly difficult for people who have dyslexia compared to good readers.”
Someone tell me how covering the classroom walls with this data is a better idea than pictures, sentence starters, words of encouragement, charts and graphs of historical importance, student artwork, multiplication tables, bar graphs of favorite books, imagination grabbers, thought-provoking ideas, scientific discoveries, pictures of important people, student projects, photos of the class doing, learning, pictures of animals, interactive bulletin boards, classroom birthdays, seasonal pictures, class schedules, math facts, history facts, reading facts and anything else that may foster a love of learning.
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In the course of studying different aspects of children’s environments, Dr. Roger Hart noticed that “a lot of supposedly participatory projects had a distinct air of tokenism. Children were being put on display, so to speak, as though they were actively participating, but they were not taken seriously.” He created Hart’s Ladder to help measure the authenticity of the work educators ask students to do.