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Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Curious children are better able to grasp basic math and reading. This is according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan, led by Prachi Shah. The study in the journal Pediatric Research, which is published by Springer Nature, is the first to investigate a possible link between curiosity and early academic success among young children. In addition, the researchers found that for children from poorer communities, curiosity is even more important for higher academic achievement than for children from more well-off backgrounds, and may serve as a potential target of intervention to close the achievement gap associated with poverty.” (more)

Are High Schools Adequately Preparing Teens for College? No One Really Knows. That’s Why Today’s GreatSchools Analysis Is One of the Most Important Education Reports in Years

The 74 Million – Richard Whitmire

“The most important education report you’ve seen in recent years was released today, and it has data shortcomings. Its “awards” are based on just a few qualifying states and recommendations that seem on target, but considering the limited data, who knows? While that sounded critical, it’s really a compliment. What GreatSchools attempted in its College Success Awards is an impressive venture — the first I’ve seen that takes a pure-data approach — into the iffy world of what high schools promise: We’ll make your child college-ready.” (more)

6 helpful videos for coding, STEM, and more

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Videos have many benefits in the classroom; if they’re engaging, informative, and inspiring, they can appeal to students of different learning styles. They’re also valuable tools for educators who wish to access on-demand resources for students, who want to learn more new instructional strategies, or who want to expand their professional learning.” (more)

Exclusive — 39 States Can’t Say How Well High Schools Are Preparing Teens for College; New GreatSchools Report IDs Best Schools in 9 States at Getting Grads Into Higher Ed

The 74 Million – Emmeline Zhao

“Just two states publish full information on whether students from specific high schools go on to graduate from postsecondary institutions, and just 12 states gather and report data on how well those students do after they get to college. “A clear reason is that [states are] not federally mandated to publish this data,” said Samantha Brown Olivieri, chief strategy officer for GreatSchools, a nonprofit that uses research and data to inform parents about school quality and educational opportunity.” (more)

Want to stop teachers leaving? Help them develop their careers

The Guardians – Staff Writer

“The teaching recruitment and retention crisis shows no signs of abating, with unions warning that losses will soon be unsustainable. Yet when it comes to investing in and developing our teachers, we’re not doing nearly enough. There are 300,000 pupils studying in schools where their teachers have no or very little budget for continuing professional development (CPD), according to a recent analysis of figures by the Teacher Development Trust. There is huge variation in investment from region to region, with spending per teacher three times higher in Newham, east London, and Hampshire than it is in Solihull in the West Midlands. Research shows that quality professional development plays a fundamental role in successful schools: improving outcomes for pupils and teacher recruitment and retention. So why are some schools allocating more than £1,200 a teacher while others are averaging less than £400?” (more)

3 Ways Parents Can Support Their Children’s Math Development — and Soothe Their Own Math Anxiety

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“Calculating a tip requires simple math, but the process can leave many adults so uncomfortable that they can’t do it without the help of a calculator. Researchers refer to this feeling as math anxiety. A review of 60 years of research on the subject shows that adults and children alike experience a fear of math that can interfere with their ability to perform and cause them to avoid math-related careers. A recent survey of 400 teachers who participated in a MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics found that 68 percent of those teachers believe the biggest hurdle to their students’ math success is confidence.” (more)