How US kids’ problems with fractions reveal the fascinating link between language and maths Cast your mind back to your teenage maths lessons. Without a calculator, would you have been able to estimate the answer to the following sum? 12/13 … Continue reading Is mathematics natural or man-made?
Status Check: What Does It Mean to Be Popular? What does it mean to be popular?” In 2015 The Atlantic posed that question to a group of middles schoolers in its “Ask a Tween” video series. “It doesn’t necessarily mean … Continue reading Are you status-obsessed?
Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo. Her … Continue reading Brands for kids
Go Ahead, Heap Rewards on Your Kid A few months ago, my husband and I met a psychologist who advised us to start using rewards with our 6-year-old. Our son is happy, but he struggles at times with his behavior … Continue reading Incentives for kids?
Harnessing behavioral economics to reinvent employee education Since the birth of the self-directed defined contribution plan, industry conferences have typically had speeches and panel discussions on how to motivate participants to make better decisions — or decisions at all. Typically, … Continue reading Intuitive design in education
Forgot Where You Parked? Good School’s out for the summer — and so begins a long few months of parents’ and teachers’ worrying about all the things their children will forget before the fall. The fractions they won’t be able … Continue reading Forgetting as an educational virtue
Psychologists have shown that it’s possible to train one-year-olds’ attention skills According to a new paper in Developmental Psychology, children as young as 12-months-old can be taught to get better at focusing their attention – which may help with their … Continue reading Training infants’ attention