Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Larry Ferlazzo, English & Social Studies teacher, posted a review on the research of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on Edutopia.org, focusing on providing the conditions for growth and student motivation. He described the four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance. In this post, he … Continue reading Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Physical activity provides cognitive and emotional benefits in children

By James Schmidt K-State Research and Extension With all of the technology used for entertainment in today’s society, it can prove troublesome getting your child up from the couch and out onto the playground. But the trouble is worth it. Studies continually show physically active children outshine their peers in the classroom. The classroom is … Continue reading Physical activity provides cognitive and emotional benefits in children

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Read to Them Like This (But Most Parents Don’t)

Read to children like this, and they'll have greater cognitive development -- and become more successful. Just about every parent I know wants to do whatever they can to ensure their kids live happy and successful lives. It's why we pack up and move to new neighborhoods, why we learn to praise our children in … Continue reading Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Read to Them Like This (But Most Parents Don’t)

Resilience – A master skill for children

Helping our children to build resilience when they are faced with adversity is a key element of their development and mental health. Without a doubt, protecting children from unnecessary suffering is our responsibility as educators, caregivers and parents. Even though we wish we could avoid children pain and suffering, sometimes adversity is unavoidable, and it … Continue reading Resilience – A master skill for children

Teaching Stories

Teaching stories is a term used to describe narratives that have been deliberately created as vehicles for the transmission of wisdom. Our favorite Teaching Stories are those written by Idries Shah. We have found that children (and adults alike) truly love and enjoy these timeless stories and at the same time as we read, tell … Continue reading Teaching Stories