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Creating Capable Kids

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We wrote Creating Capable Kids simply because parents and teachers are expending endless amounts of time and energy to raise “successful” children, yet kids and teens are growing increasingly anxious, stressed, depressed and confused. Even academic superstars are lacking in a host of capablilites, including creative problem-solving, unbiased reasoning and social-emotional skills. Adults are realizing that children need more than academic skills to succeed. … Read More

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Activate Minds and Thinking / Comprehension will Follow

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Last month’s blog, When Thinking Gets in the Way of Learning, garnered lots of interest. It’s clear that the relationship between thinking and learning is not as linear as most parents and teachers believe. While personally-meaningful thinking is a significant path to learning, there are many ways that children learn that don’t involve slow, heavy and deliberate thinking. Children and … Read More

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Learning About Stuff — Not What You Think

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we knew the easiest and deepest way to learn implicitly with a minimum of explicit effort? Before I tell you how to learn about stuff in a truly “brain-friendly” way I want to share my own experience about brains work. I recently spent a few hours in an fMRI scanner as part of a study … Read More

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An Assessment Dream

If How Kids Learn suddenly became Secretary of Education in some parallel universe we would transform assessments into instruments that helped parents, teachers and children understand, well, how kids really learn. We live in an age of cognitive and neuro-scientific insight into learning yet we use testing ideas from the 1890’s. After a century of testing centered on reading, writing … Read More

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Kids Learn When They Learn to Listen

It’s shocking that an ability which children rely on for up to half of the school day is rarely evaluated nor a major focus of instruction. Listening is the cornerstone to learning, the foundation of reading and critical to reasoning. It is far more important to academic and personal success than learning fractions, decimals or reading strategies. When was the last … Read More

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Big L Learning – Changing the Learning Landscape

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Most debates about education are a clash over small l learning vs. Big L Learning. Small l learning encompasses much of standards based education – learn fractions, compare two pieces of literature, write a few paragraphs on a predetermined topic. Small l learning also extends to children’s behavior and development by focusing on changing a challenging behavior, or fostering one … Read More

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