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Dispelling our misconceptions about learning, in order to teach and learn better

by crunchynerd on 09-28-2013 at 11:42 AM
We know less about learning than we think, and there is something we can do about it, but first we have to see it for ourselves, in order to believe it.


The tyranny of science fairs, contests, and forms

by crunchynerd on 01-24-2013 at 04:59 PM
Musing over the entry form for a science fair, for my daughter, I realized the form itself held a challenge that I haven't resolved: Public Nerdity Is Not a Crime: The Tyranny of science fairs, contests, and forms

Why we are learning Soroban Abacus

by crunchynerd on 01-16-2013 at 01:21 PM
Recent scientific interest in how the mental abacus affects brain development has spurred study as well as policy shift amongst educators in countries where it is a novel concept: Great Britain aims to improve numeracy by using Japanese techniques | Mail Online. Parents whose children have never yet learned arithmetic by the traditional Western method, are at an advantage for making use of these benefits, especially if their children aren't attending school in countries where it has not yet been

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And now for something completely unschooly...

by crunchynerd on 12-29-2012 at 10:51 PM

Teaching colors, shapes, and days of the week/months of the year, to make sure kids know them, seems to be the thing when kids are little. And I have to laugh a little, looking back, at the sheer waste of time it represents (unless it's just fun to do it, in which case, that's always worthwhile).

I am just as entranced as anyone, at the colorful collection of cute bulletin board supplies

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I admit it: I am allergic to True Believers.

by crunchynerd on 10-14-2012 at 08:09 PM
There's an argument, perhaps merited, that everyone has a religion, even atheists. But I have discovered, I have a bias, perhaps even an allergy, to what I think of as "True Believer" syndrome.

Whether they are people who come a'knockin' to find out whether you are interested in their religion, or people who are devout followers of anything else requiring a zealous passion for the One True Way, I know, now, to slam the door.
It affects all walks of life, especially

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