April 24, 2014

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Deadline to Apply for Pre-K is TODAY – April 23!

By Anna Schneider from Inside Schools If your child turns four this year, don’t forget to apply to pre-kindergarten. If you’re interested in a program that’s part of a regular public school, you should should submit your application, either online or in person at a borough enrollment office, by [today], April 23 for your best chance of  read more…

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Healthy Lifestyle, Robust Mind

By Marianne Stenger from Edudemic.com We all know how important a well-rounded education is, but in recent years, research has been uncovering another very good reason to make sure that kids stay in school – good health. And it’s not just a one-way street; education and health seem to propagate each other, with numerous studies showing that  read more…

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Learning to Love Libraries

In honor of National Library Week last week, we revisit this post from Elise Auvil (English, Literature, and Test Preparation). As an English graduate student and teaching assistant, I teach many freshmen their first college writing course, and I am always disheartened by how few really know how to use a library. And it’s not always just  read more…

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Risk-Taking on the Playground

By Caroline Miller, from Child Mind Institute The Atlantic has a terrific, provocative piece by Hanna Rosin, called “The Overprotected Kid,” about some negative effects of parenting that attempts to remove all the risks from childhood. Rosin takes us on a visit to a British playground that looks more like a junkyard: kids are busy building structures with old  read more…

Let’s Talk Bullying

Bullying is a very real threat that can affect anybody: iconic characters like Biff Tannen from Back to the Future, Regina George from Mean Girls, and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series have bullied people of all ages and from all walks of life (and worlds!). It’s important to have a discussion about bullying  read more…

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Evaluating the Quality of Online Information

By Julie Coiro from Edutopia  An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate online information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention. Over 70 percent of  read more…

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