Category Archives: development

If They Build it (or Take it Apart), They Will Learn

As I walk through my garage, I find myself both frustrated and elated at the fact that my kids have scattered various tools and pieces of toys, scooters and what-not around. Scattered is perhaps a bit too general, maybe completely … Continue reading

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Seven Big Myths about Learning

Another great post from Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post that helps us understand what 21st century science and experience are revealing: Basic Facts Come Before Deep Learning This one translates roughly as, “Students must do the boring stuff before they … Continue reading

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Afraid of Free Play? No Way!

When children are in charge of their own play, it provides a foundation for their future mental health as older children and adults. 1. Play gives children a chance to find and develop a connection to their own self-identified and … Continue reading

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Teens aren’t Stupid, you $#@&^%$!!

For teens, risky behaviors feel great and are experienced as more rewarding than how adults process risk.  However, the part of the brain that handles impulse control hasn’t developed quickly enough for teens in order to keep the risky part … Continue reading

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“You must be smart at this” VERSUS “You must have worked really hard”

In an experiment with over 400 fifth graders, psychological researcher and professor Carol Dweck created an easy test consisting of nonverbal puzzles. After the children finished the test, the researchers told the students their score, and provided them with a single … Continue reading

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“Curiosity is a fragile thing.”

Fascinating results of an experiment from a recent study, “The Double-Edged Sword of Pedagogy,” led by Laura Schulz, an MIT psychologist. This research consisted of giving 4-year-olds a new toy outfitted with four tubes. What made the toy interesting is that each … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Mistakes Themselves, it’s the Attitude Towards Them

When someone makes a mistake, their brain makes two quick signals: an initial response that indicates something has gone wrong, and a second response that indicates the person is consciously aware of the mistake and is trying to right the … Continue reading

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