Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain

Findings shed light on possible causes for reading disorders such as dyslexia.

Reading is such a new ability in human evolutionary history that the existence of a ‘reading area’ could not be specified in our genes. A kind of recycling process has to take place in the brain while learning to read: Areas evolved for the recognition...
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Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain

Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain

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Brain images reveal roots of kids' increasing cognitive control

As children age into adolescence and on into young adulthood, they show dramatic improvements in their ability to control impulses, stay organized, and make decisions. Those 'executive functions' of the brain are key factors in determining outcomes, including educational success, drug use, and psychiatric illness. Now,...
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Brain images reveal roots of kids' increasing cognitive control

Brain images reveal roots of kids' increasing cognitive control

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Classroom Management - Dealing with students who refuse to follow instructions (Video)

Students who refuse to follow instructions are among the most challenging disruptions you face in your classroom. Dr Bill Rogers demonstrates how to deal with the student who says "NO". Embrace the challenge - retain classroom control and overcome the issues.

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Dr Bill Rogers - Students who just say "NO"

Students who refuse to follow instructions are among the most challenging disruptions you face in your classroom. Dr Bill Rogers demonstrates how to deal wit...

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How many languages are there in the world?

7,099 languages are spoken today.
That number is constantly in flux, because we're learning more about the world's languages every day. And beyond that, the languages themselves are in flux. They’re living and dynamic, spoken by communities whose lives are shaped by our rapidly changing world. This is a fragile time: Roughly a third of languages are...
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How many languages are there in the world

How many languages are there in the world?

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Invented Spelling Leads to Better Reading, Study Says

Invented spelling (also known as inventive spelling), as explained in Ouellette and Sénéchal's recent study, published in the journal Ellis Spelling letter.jpgDevelopmental Psychology, refers to "children's spontaneous or self-directed attempts to represent words in print." Children generally start with the first sound in a word; for...
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Invented Spelling Leads to Better Reading Study Says

Invented Spelling Leads to Better Reading, Study Says

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What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

Reduce noise.
Chronic background noise is associated with several auditory and learning problems: it contributes to “neural noise,” wherein brain neurons fire spontaneously in the absence of sound; it reduces the brain’s sensitivity to sound; and it slows auditory growth.

Read aloud.
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What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best

What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

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Spoken Languages Affect Reading Strategies and Cognitive Foundations of Literacy

The way bilingual people read is conditioned by the languages they speak. This is the main conclusion reached by researchers at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) after reviewing the existing scientific literature and comparing this information to the findings of studies at their own...
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Spoken Languages Affect Reading Strategies and Cognitive Foundations of Literacy

Spoken languages affect reading strategies and cognitive foundations of literacy

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The Art of Conferencing

Mike Guest's new blog post

Conferencing has a bit of an image problem. Many members of the public, including certain hard-core conference attendees themselves, see them as thinly-disguised holiday junkets. A four-day hard-drinking, luxury-hotel-bed-snoozing, sample-the-local-whatever indulgence package given as a reward for bearing the year-round drudgery of the...
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The Art of Conferencing Mike Guests new blog post Conferencing has a

The Art of Conferencing - Language Teaching Professionals

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Phonemic Awareness and Word Learning

Jim Jensen's blog post on teaching phonemic awareness.

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Rejecting The Myth Of The 'Super Teacher'

By Sydney Chafee

Recently, I was named National Teacher of the Year, and it is such an honor. I kicked off my year by visiting Washington, D.C., last week, to meet with policymakers and education advocates. Now, I am preparing to spend a year out of my classroom traveling around the country to speak with others about education.

With this honor comes...
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Rejecting The Myth Of The 'Super Teacher'

Rejecting The Myth Of The 'Super Teacher'

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The Perils of Grit

Why do some people accomplish more than others of equal intelligence? Dr. Angela Duckworth asked the question and provided a singular answer: grit. Her TED talk on grit has been viewed over 10 million times. Grit, her New York Times best-selling book, has quickly become gospel in classrooms and boardrooms around the globe.

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The Perils of Grit Why do some people accomplish more than others

How I Learned About the Perils of Grit

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Why The Best Teachers Change Their Minds

By Terry Heick

Somewhere in your tool belt of teacher tools, there is something you cling to that may be wrong-headed, but you don’t see it yet. And that’s okay.

In many ways, there is no “right” or “wrong,” but only degrees of fit and subjectivity. If you’re changing your mind—about the role of technology in learning, the ideal lesson template, or...
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Why The Best Teachers Change Their Minds

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Teachers Going Gradeless

By Arthur Chiaravalli

After years of teaching using the principles of standards-based learning and grading, I encountered two findings that radically changed my perspective on assessment, grading, and reporting.

The first finding comes from Ruth Butler (1988, as cited in Wiliam 2011) regarding feedback. Butler examined 3 types of feedback: scores alone, comments...
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Teachers Going Gradeless By Arthur Chiaravalli After years of teaching using the

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Not Naughty: 10 Ways Kids Appear to Be Acting Bad But Aren't

Many of kids' so-called "naughty" behaviors are developmental and human.

1. Not Controlling Impulses

Ever say to your kid, “Don’t throw that!” and they just throw it anyway? Research suggests that the brain regions involved in self-control are immature at birth and don’t fully mature until the end of adolescence, which explains...
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Not Naughty: 10 Ways Kids Appear to Be Acting Bad But Aren't

Not Naughty: 10 Ways Kids Appear to Be Acting Bad But Aren't

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Noam Chomsky - The Concept of Language
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Noam Chomsky discusses the ways in which language changes over time and how the idea of a national language is a modern phenomenon.

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The Concept of Language (Noam Chomsky)

Linguist Noam Chomsky, professor at MIT, discusses the ways in which language changes over time and how the idea of a national language is a modern phenomeno...

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Telling Children 'Hard Work gets you to the Top' is Simply a Lie

As a form of short-term distraction, we are obsessed with elevating token success stories which distort the overall picture. The story of the Somali boy who got a place at Eton, or the girl from the East End who is now going to MIT. These stories may seem inspiring at first blush, but they skew the complex picture that exists in...
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Telling Children 'Hard Work gets you to the Top' is Simply a Lie

Telling children 'hard work gets you to the top' is simply a lie

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Language Shapes how the Brain Perceives Time

Language has such a powerful effect, it can influence the way in which we experience time, according to a new study.

Different languages embody different worldviews, different ways of organizing the world around us. And time is a case in point.

For example, Swedish and English speakers prefer to mark the duration of events by referring to...
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Language Shapes how the Brain Perceives Time

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Researchers Build Artificial Synapse Capable of Autonomous Learning

Researchers from France and the University of Arkansas have created an artificial synapse capable of autonomous learning, a component of artificial intelligence. The discovery opens the door to building large networks that operate in ways similar to the human brain.

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Researchers Build Artificial Synapse Capable of Autonomous Learning

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Your Brain Waves May Show Whether You're Paying Attention in Class

You really can get on the same wavelength as someone else: In a new study, the brain waves of high school students synced up when they were highly engaged during a biology class.

On 11 days over the course of one semester, researchers hooked up all 12 of the students in a biology class to electroencephalograms (EEGs) that...
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Your Brain Waves May Show Whether You're Paying Attention in Class

Your Brain Waves May Show Whether You're Paying Attention in Class

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PISA: The world’s largest assessment of teenage students suggests happiness is crucial to learning

Parents and schools spend a lot of time worrying about how kids measure up academically. Less attention goes to how happy kids are while they’re learning, and what that means for parents and schools.

The OECD is trying to change that. New results from its high-profile PISA test, used to measure...
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PISA The worlds largest assessment of teenage students suggests happiness is crucial

The world’s largest assessment of teenage students suggests happiness is crucial to learning

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