Learning By Heart or Learning From Heart—Have We Forgotten How to Love Learning?

Learning By Heart or Learning From Heart—Have We Forgotten How to Love Learning?

Like millions of other parents, I help my children do their homework every day after school. After a little free time and a snack, we sit down together and I let them start. I help whenever I can. I try not to give them answers. Whenever they don’t understand something I try my best to…

7 Best Fisher Price Little People Toys for Playful Development

7 Best Fisher Price Little People Toys for Playful Development

The wonderful world of Fisher Price Little People toys is bursting with cute creatures, fun families, and creative car sets. Their colorful, chunky, child-friendly toys are specifically designed for little fingers and developing minds, emphasizing discovery, imaginative play, and family values. There’s something for every budget from individual toys to huge interactive playsets. Here are…

Fading or Thriving In Sport? The Mental Approach That Shapes Healthy & Happy Champions Of Tomorrow

Fading or Thriving In Sport? The Mental Approach That Shapes Healthy & Happy Champions Of Tomorrow

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in visits to my office by parents with young athletes between 11–13 years of age. At first, this seemed like a positive movement, perhaps motivated by a desire to introduce mental skills training to help their children get ahead. However, there is one glaring dilemma…

9 Amazing Minecraft Toys for Kids Who Create

9 Amazing Minecraft Toys for Kids Who Create

If your little ones are mad about Minecraft, they’ll love real-life Minecraft toys! These “blocky” toys may look strange at first glance, but the Minecraft generation will instantly recognize their favorite characters, animals, and objects from the game. Minecraft is a fun video game with tons of benefits, boosting creativity, cooperation, critical thinking skills, and more….

For Parents—Engaging Individuals with Severe Autism

For Parents—Engaging Individuals with Severe Autism

Have you ever walked into your child’s program only to catch the staff doing nothing? Maybe you saw children or adults with autism displaying self-stimulatory behavior or perhaps they were staring out into space with blank looks. I wouldn’t worry about it too much if this happens every once in a while. However, if you…

Essential Thoughts for Fruitful K12 Teaching – Turning Three Oranges Into More Than a Picnic?

Essential Thoughts for Fruitful K12 Teaching – Turning Three Oranges Into More Than a Picnic?

How do we turn three oranges into more than a picnic? By this I mean how can we think multi-dimensionally through opportunities presented to us to enrich K-12 education? Teaching has evolved into a very dynamic and exciting process given comprehensive shifts in world business, economics, environment, politics, and social reorganization. Rapid developments in technology…

A Future Artist May Be in Your Preschool Classroom—Some Things to Consider When Setting Up Your Art Centre

A Future Artist May Be in Your Preschool Classroom—Some Things to Consider When Setting Up Your Art Centre

The art area in a preschool child care center can be one of a child’s favorite spaces. Just imagine, mounds of crayons, boxes of colored pencils, markers in every color, plain paper, glue, plastic scissors, magazines for cutting or tearing, construction paper, examples of 3D creations, art displayed, paints of all kinds, clay, easels, smocks,…

Teaching the Power of Adaptability: How to be more like the Rubber Band and less like the Twist Tie

Teaching the Power of Adaptability: How to be more like the Rubber Band and less like the Twist Tie

It was a weekday night much like any other in my house. Pick up the kids, arrange them at the dining room table to work on homework while I try and cobble together something for dinner as my husband finishes the last of his work calls. Like most nights, this one was not without its…

Imagining An Educational Utopia

Imagining An Educational Utopia

Conversations around education are more complicated than ever—from the advent of ed-tech to the impact of politics on the education system, to an increased focus on digital citizenship. There are so many moving parts to the education machine: a changing student body, the classroom environment, curriculum standards, teachers, parents, delivery methods…the list goes on and on….

Flip It! The Flipped Classroom Model is for Everyone. Here’s Why.

Flip It! The Flipped Classroom Model is for Everyone. Here’s Why.

“Will a flipped classroom work in your subject and grade level? We think the answer is yes. Here’s why.”   In The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone?, hosts Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams demonstrate basic ways subject-area educators can apply the flipped classroom model to their teaching practice. Bergmann and Sams are veteran educators…

Torn Between an Extraordinary Memory (HSAM) and Autism

Torn Between an Extraordinary Memory (HSAM) and Autism

“I want teenagers with autism to know it’s O.K that some days are tough and I’m here to tell you it gets easier as you mature into adulthood and find your passion.” Wise words from Rebecca Sharrock who knows only too well how difficult the teenage years can be for someone with autism who suffers…

From Hermione to Iron Man: A Character Study of Gifted Kids’ Overexcitabilities

From Hermione to Iron Man: A Character Study of Gifted Kids’ Overexcitabilities

An overexcitability (OE) is a marker of giftedness and can help alert parents and teachers to giftedness in a child (Winebrenner, Brulles, 2012). Kazimierz Dabrowski (1902–1980), whose work laid the foundation of today’s OE research, established five OE categories to describe these innate intensities: emotional, imaginational, intellectual, psychomotor, and sensual. Most gifted kids have two…

4 Steps for Designing an Online Assessment for Flipped Classroom

4 Steps for Designing an Online Assessment for Flipped Classroom

The Process Are you thinking about designing an online assessment for a Flipped classroom? This article examines four steps I undertook when  teaching a first year undergraduate accounting course. First, consider whether the tool you are thinking about is the right tool for what you want to assess. Second, does this online assessment align with…

The Case for Divergent Thinking: Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies

The Case for Divergent Thinking: Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies

One of my instructors in college was visiting from England to complete his Ph.D. in education, and something he said has and always stuck with me: Don’t believe the myth that the American education system is a failure. Of course there are areas of improvement and questions that still need to be answered, but don’t listen to the…

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