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By Jessica Kelmon, Senior Editor Amid the excitement and anticipation of heading back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The GreatSchools Blog
Hi Annie! I empathize completely... and I just wanted to pull one of your many points out to highlight it: "Just because one child learns better when he gets to run around the track a few times before sitting at a desk for 45 minutes, doesn't mean there is something wrong with him." In fact, studies show that exercise immediately before learning is an effective strategy for many students, and it's long been used in Finland, which is often held up as the international example of lower stress and higher performance in school. I am with you: I would like to see more exercise/activity mixed into learning for all kids, not just those visibly struggling with distraction in class. Like you, I am in awe of teachers. I am not criticizing educators, nor do I have all the answers. But exercise seems like a healthy option to explore to boost learning. Best, Jessica Kelmon
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By Jessica Kelmon, Senior Editor Not sure what the heck "blended learning" means?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The GreatSchools Blog
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My discovery! It's the perfect bit of edu-tainment for kids when parenting gets rough. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The GreatSchools Blog
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By Jessica Kelmon, Associate Editor “How will we know how our kids are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at The GreatSchools Blog
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I know exactly how smart and talented and capable you are, but some of your posts and tweets don’t always reflect that. It worries me because college admissions officers will see them, too. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
By Jessica Kelmon What do you think of people who take candy from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Happiness matters – especially in children. New data reveals stats about happy kids around the world. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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The achievement gap — not only between different schools, but also between students at the same school may be related to which teachers students get. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Unforgettable words of wisdom from our moms, in honor of Mother's Day! Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Smart kids need more than IQ. Here are five good study habits for academic success - and five that aren't as effective as you might think. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
The first thing I notice is that he's distracted. Whether it's ADD, ADHD, sensory integration, etc. doesn't matter. It's impeding his progress. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Are you an admitted (or closeted) helicopter parent? A new study shows you need to back off - or you may put your child at risk for depression later. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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New report shows how uninterested your child is in science, math, and engineering – and how much it’ll wane (high school) and when they’ll bail (college). Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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I didn’t recognize tutoring as an educational trend, and then… thwap! Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Everyone (including us) is trying to figure out what parents need to learn about the educational standards that may transform your child's learning. Here's what we know. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Who's more popular: Wonder Woman or Disney princesses? See what we learned from the GreatSchools Holiday Toy survey. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
This 9-year-old girl rocks at football. Watch her outrun the boys and take tough tackles. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
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New study finds high incidence of bullying among 10-year-olds – and a surprising way to buffer the negative effects for girls. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Raise your hand if you can't explain the electoral college - or the presidential election - to your child. Don't worry: our election activities for kids (mad libs, scavenger hunt, more) can help! Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
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No matter how (un)popular you were in high school, Whitney Kropp’s story hits home. A true story about bullying. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
Need help getting your kids to study? Florida teachers put together this Carly Rae Jepson parody that just may change your child’s tune about building study skills. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Cramming is a high school tradition, but when kids lose sleep to study, new research shows they end up doing worse in school. Learn just how much sleep your child needs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
Michelle Obama honored 54 budding chefs for creating award-winning, easy, healthy recipes for kids at the first Kids' State Dinner at the White House. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
Good news! High schoolers today are more Hermione, less Puck: they like school, do their homework, and value learning, according to new data. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog