Mind Shift

Being Popular: Why it Consumes Teens and Continues to Affect Adults

Popularity is a loaded word. For many adults, it evokes powerful memories of jockeying for position in high school cafeterias and hallways.

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How A Stereotype Threat Intervention Can Help Students in STEM Fields

When he came to the United States 12 years ago, Edgar Velazquez hardly spoke a word of English. Most days of his first year, the 14-year-old Mexican immigrant went to the library after school to read the dictionary, determined to learn 250 words — the minimum for basic conversation.
At home, Velazquez often did his homework in the bathroom. It was the quietest spot in his family’s 500 square-foot studio in the Tenderloin, a San Francisco neighborhood with “needles on the ground and a lot of homeless on the streets,” he recalls.

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Why Preschool is the ‘Most Important Year’ In a Child’s Development

Publicly funded pre-K programs enjoy broad public and political support, largely because of research suggesting that preschool graduates enjoy both short-term and long-term benefits, including improved academic and school readiness

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A Future-Forward Look At Higher Ed

“What would it mean to redesign higher education for the intellectual space travel students need to thrive in the world we live in now?”
That’s one of the provocative questions that opens Cathy Davidson’s latest book, The New Education. And unlike some of the journalists and business figures who have taken previous swings at that pinata, Davidson has a full career of research and practice to inform her abundance of answers.

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Stepping Back from Overparenting: A Stanford Dean’s Perspective

When Julie Lythcott-Haims was dean of freshman at Stanford, she saw troubling behavior from some of the most accomplished students in the country. Students would involve their parents — and parents would involve themselves — in every aspect of the student’s life and school work at a time when these young adults were supposed to exercise greater independence.

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For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

“Why didn’t she text me back yet? She doesn’t like me anymore!”
“There’s no way I’m trying out for the team. I suck at basketball”
“It’s not fair that I have a curfew!”
Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness — because it is. Still, the beginning of a new school year, with all of the required adjustments, is a good time to consider just how closely the habit of negative, exaggerated “self-talk” can affect academic and social success, self-esteem and happiness.

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In The Weeks Before Starting College, Money Worries Aplenty

During the last few weeks of August, Torri Hayslett’s room at McKinley Technology High School feels more like an accountant’s office than a college adviser’s.
“Thirty-one thousand dollars minus $4,000, minus $2,500,” she says, saying the numbers out loud before punching them into the calculator. She’s sitting with one of her students, who recently graduated from McKinley. They’re looking over her first college bill.
“Does the $9,000 include the $3,000?” Hayslett asks. “I think that is including,” the student responds. “Again, I do not know a lot of logistics right now.”

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How the Google Suite Can Enhance Open-Ended Math Exploration

Stanford education professor Jo Boaler’s message about teaching math in visual ways that don’t emphasize one right procedure has become a rallying cry for many math educators ready for a seismic shift in how American schools teach mathematics. But her ideas also challenge much of what has been done in classrooms for decades, including the ways that current teachers and parents learned themselves.

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4 Digital Tools to Help Students Increase Appreciation and Self-Worth in Any Classroom

As teachers, we sometimes forget that little, everyday actions in the classroom have a huge impact on our students’ lives. Just a small offering of appreciation can transform relationships and boost student self-worth.

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How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character

Handing out colored bracelets and upbeat stickers when students behave well seems like an effective strategy for encouraging civility. Little prizes and public praise would seem to encourage honesty, generosity and other marks of good character, and for years schools have relied on such rewards to elicit the behavior they desire in their students.

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