Learning to Write: One More Step From Language to Literacy

Many states have adopted content standards for language arts curricula in the early elementary grades that emphasize the importance of oral language skills in development of reading and writing. A glance at two state standards for Grades 1 and 2 illustrate how schools recognize that learning to write depends on oral language skills. California Grade…

Why Dyslexia Is More Than a Reading Disorder

In a recent TIME piece researchers found that past research techniques on individuals with dyslexia wasn’t the best approach. Until recently, researchers assumed the challenge could be traced to language difficulties, including problems processing printed words, and they focused their attention on the language parts of the brain. But in the latest research published in…

Reward Circuits of the Teenage Brain Activated by Peers

It’s no secret that teenagers are influenced by their peers. Now, a new study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center looked specifically at how teen brains reacted to “likes” of photos on social media. The main finding was that alarge number of likes resulted in activity across a variety of brain structures.…

Never Stop Learning!

As an occasional substitute teacher, Sara Bell likes to make the most of her time with students by implementing a unique, school-approved lesson plans. As a part-time teacher and a full-time partner at Educator Labs, she decided to create a list of some of her favorite K-12 student lesson plans. Discovery: US History http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/ushis.html K-12…

A Conversation With Alison Gopnik

Most parents have, at one time or another, gazed lovingly at their newborn child and wondered whether someday their offspring would grow up to be the next Einstein or Newton. If Alison Gopnik were watching, she might suggest that the newborn in the bassinet doesn’t need to grow up. Perhaps they already think like a…