Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

By Eduardo Briceño A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners. As more and more people learn about the growth mindset, which was first discovered by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, we sometimes observe some confusions about it. Recently some...
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Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family

Children are much more likely than not to grow up in a household in which their parents work, and in nearly half of all two-parent families today, both parents work full time, a sharp increase from previous decades. What hasn’t changed: the difficulty of balancing it all. Working parents say they feel stressed, tired, rushed and short on quality time with their children, friends, partners or...
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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

STUART SLAVIN, a pediatrician and professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, knows something about the impact of stress. After uncovering alarming rates of anxiety and depression among his medical students, Dr. Slavin and his colleagues remade the program: implementing pass/fail grading in introductory classes, instituting a half-day off every other week, and creating small...
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Early Behavior Therapy Found to Aid Children With A.D.H.D.

Photo – William E. Pelham helped lead a new study about treatment options for children with attention-deficit problems. Above, Dr. Pelham at a summer camp focusing on social skills training.  (Credit Florida International University) Children with attention-deficit problems improve faster when the first treatment they receive is behavioral — like instruction in basic social skills — than...
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What Prodigies Could Teach Us About Autism

By KIMBERLY STEPHENS and JOANNE RUTHSATZFEB. 27, 2016 MANY parents remember a moment when their toddler astounded them. Maybe he outpaced his playgroup at mastering a song. Maybe she knew an esoteric fact about outer space. They might quietly wonder: Is my child a prodigy?...
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Lecture Me. Really.

This article is an interesting defense of the lecture format in education. There are so many different approaches to teaching that are advocated right now. My sense is that we can’t eschew some older methods -lecture, seminar- as we embrace the new – project based, inquiry based, technology-heavy, online, etc. Different methods may be most appropriate at different stages of...
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