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How Much Homework Is Too Much?

Rae Pica with Sara Bennett

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Today’s children, even at the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten levels, are required to do considerably more homework than their predecessors. But the data shows that there is no correlation between homework and academic achievement in elementary school. Are there other benefits of doing homework? What Sara has to say may surprise you.

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Bringing Out a Child's Inner Spark

Rae Pica with Chris Mercogliano

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Educator Chris Mercogliano says that it’s not easy being a child today. He tells us that children are becoming “domesticated” in an increasingly complex world and that, more than ever, they need resilience, the ability to improvise, and creativity and imagination – what he refers to as “inner wildness.”

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Trend Watch: Extreme Rote Teaching Growing in Popularity

Rae Pica with Joan Almon

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Joan Almon, Chair of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood, sounds the alarm on an increasingly popular trend toward scripted kindergartens and pre-schools. Joan explains how the focus on outcomes has led to teachers being required to follow very specific scripts without deviation. The research indicates that this type of extreme rote teaching doesn't work yet the trend is growing, adversly impacting teachers and children.

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Teaching Children Self-Control

Rae Pica with Laura Berk

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Research shows that effective self-regulation skills are an accurate predictor of both academic and social success, but children’s ability to self-regulate has diminished over the years. Listen as Dr. Berk suggests ways to help children develop these important skills, which include impulse control, control of intense emotions, and ability to guide behavior with planning, thinking, and self-discipline.

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Nurturing Creativity and Curiosity

Rae Pica with Ginger Carlson

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Ginger Carlson describes creativity as the desire to learn and believes it may be the most important trait that a teacher can nurture in a child. Creativity and curiosity are being eliminated from many learning environments, but Ginger says it is the various aspects of creativity that support academics and helps children achieve.

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