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There’s a reason your child wants to read the same book over and over again

The Conversation – Jane Herbert and Elisabeth Duursma

“We often hear about the benefits of reading storybooks at bedtime for promoting vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a good relationship with your child. But the experts haven’t been in your home, and your child requests the same book every single night, sometimes multiple times a night. You both know all the words off by heart.” (more)

Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

The Conversation – Jennifer Ruef

“I teach people how to teach math, and I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I’ve met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.” (more)

The relationship between language and thought

I Am Expat – Marjolein Kuperus

“What is the relationship between language and thought? Do we need language to be able to think? Or was our thinking there first and is language a “translation” of what we think? Language and thought exist naturally side by side and influence each other in turn. But there is more to it than that. American professor Lera Boroditsky’s research has shown that the language we speak also determines how we perceive things. Our language determines what we see.” (more)

Looking for a way to lower suspensions and reduce bullying?

E-School News – Michael S. Gaskell

“Suspension has been a commonly used disciplinary method in schools for decades. Unfortunately, it also has no positive impact on students. What’s worse, these same children often develop a dislike for law enforcement that lasts into adulthood. This is a dangerous cycle that we have to stop to help students stay in school, develop positive relationships with adults in positions of authority, and achieve greater success. At my school, we found a solution. Read on and you will discover where the idea came from and how to replicate it in your school.” (more)

Providing a Good Education Means Moving Beyond Outdated American Method of Schooling, Senator Says

The 74 Million – Carolyn Phencie

“Education reformers must draw a distinction between education and schooling as they face opposition to changes to the traditional school system, Sen. Ben Sasse said Thursday. “Education is a goal. Schooling is one of many means to the end, or to that goal,” Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, told an estimated 1,000 attendees at the Foundation for Excellence in Education Conference.” (more)

Make Holiday Time Read-Aloud Time!

Education World – Staff Writer

“The December school break is a good time for parents to curl up with their children and read books. By reading with children during the holiday break, parents will help maintain children’s reading ability and get a sense of any reading problems their children might have. Research also shows that reading and discussing books with children helps build their vocabularies.” (more)