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One year of school comes with an IQ bump, meta-analysis shows

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“A year of schooling leaves students with new knowledge, and it also equates with a small but noticeable increase to students’ IQ, according to a systematic meta-analysis published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.” (more)

Creating Paths to Participation for Introverts

Edutopia – Katy Farber

“Who are you hearing from in your class? As a sixth-grade teacher, I used to encourage my students who didn’t speak up in read-aloud discussions, morning meetings, or whole class lessons. I would write comments of encouragement and cheer moments of participation. And when it came to pondering how they did on certain standards, such as “participates in class discussions about literature,” I had plenty of data to support my scores.” (more)

5 Tips for Kindergarten Pacing

Edutopia – Thomas Dittl

“When I first set out to be a kindergarten teacher, I never thought pacing would be one of my toughest challenges. But plans would change on a dime, and even though this could be exciting, it was also tough to constantly meet these changes head on. I quickly found myself feeling off track in my first year. What happened? How could my inexhaustible energy have been exhausted so quickly? Why did some routines soar and others crash and burn?” (more)

Making the Case for Music Education

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“What will it be — music or more software? In some communities, it all comes down to that question. New research, special programs, and dedicated teachers and community members are helping to make a solid case for putting music “Bach” into our schools! Once considered dispensable, music education is back on the agenda at school board meetings in many communities. Community and board members are taking a stand, fighting to reinstate music programs cut from school budgets over the last decade.” (more)

Children face mental health epidemic, say teachers

The Guardian – Denis Campbell

“Britain’s schoolchildren are suffering from an epidemic of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, yet barely half get the NHS treatment they need, teachers say. Almost four in five (78%) teachers have seen a pupil struggle with a mental health problem in the past year, with one in seven (14%) cases involving suicidal thoughts or behaviour.” (more)

Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“The debate in many ways comes down to this: What’s more important — cold steel or warm hugs? Harsh consequences or second chances? Do we achieve safety and security by making schools harder — or making them softer? To understand the debate that’s raging now, between the “hards” and the “softs,” you have to go back first to March 31, 1994. That’s when President Bill Clinton signed the Gun-Free Schools Act.” (more)