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How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

KQED News Mind/Shift – Holly Korbey

“Schools have traditionally taught children how to read, and have always tried to encourage reading. But with an understanding that greater literacy is needed for the 21st Century workforce as well as higher benchmarks to meet, schools like Andrew’s are coming up with programming that not only supports the nuts-and-bolts of learning how to read, but tries to hook kids as well: giving kids free time during the school day to read what they wish, holding all-family “literacy nights” to give away books, reading contests with prizes, and more. Parents often want to do the same at home. Some may feel like Baumert, a veterinarian at an emergency clinic, who said that between work, kids and extra-curricular activities, she’s often too tired to fight the reading battle. She knows that loving reading has a host of benefits for her son; she is just not sure where to draw the line.”(more)

Do your schools have more gifted students than you thought?

District Administration – Ryan Lacey

“A leading gifted-and-talented expert once believed the number of students who performed above grade level was between 5 and 15 percent. But a new study shows the number is much higher, says the expert, James Plucker, a National Association for Gifted Children board member. The analysis, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, revealed that between 25 and 45 percent of students in three states performed above grade level in English and math.”(more)

No limits—can the new guidelines on kids and screens work?

Medical X-Press – Joanne Orlando

“There are big changes for families in the new recommendations to guide children’s use of anything with a screen, such as computers, tablets, mobile phones, televisions and video games. In a bold move, the authorising body, the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), is dropping its most well known suggestion: no screen time before the age of two years. The AAP guidelines now state that it is now OK for very young children to look at or talk to family members occasionally using a video chat program, such as Skype. The new recommendations also say it is now OK for children aged 18 months to five years to watch some educational content as long as an adult is there to help them interpret and learn from the program. A second important change to the guidelines is the removal of the two hour maximum time limit that children should spend on their device.”(more)

Gender gaps in math persist, with teachers underrating girls’ math skills

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Beginning in early elementary school, boys outperform girls in math — especially among the highest achievers — continuing a troubling pattern found in the late 1990s, finds a new analysis led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The study, published in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, also shows that teachers give lower ratings to girls’ math skills when girls and boys have similar achievement and behavior. In addition, using two national datasets gathered more than a decade apart, this study finds that teachers’ lower ratings of girls are likely contributing to the growth in the gender gap in math.”(more)

Halloween 2016 Weight Gain: Kids Will Consume Over 3,000 Calories Of Candy

Medical Daily – Kelsey Drain

“Trick or treat! For over 100 years, children have spent Halloween night going door-to-door, ringing doorbells, and then receiving sugary treats, according to History Channel. New research has revealed that children will consume about 3,190 calories just this year from Halloween candy as a result of trick-or-treating, The Daily Mail reported. Additionally, parents are expected to consume an extra 1,710 calories each from candy.”(more)