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Changing Times:
Is Teaching Cursive Handwriting Still Important in This Digital Age?
Rae Pica with Dr. Stephen  Graham, Anne Trubek, Lisa Guernsey

 

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Many believe that there is a correlation between the quality of a child's handwriting and their literacy and intelligence. Others assert that there is no relevant connection and, more importantly, that the advent of computers makes practicing handwriting less important.

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Beyond the Numbers: 
Missing Students: A Bigger, Younger Problem Than We Think
Rae Pica with  Hedy N. Chang, Kim Nauer, Sarah Sparks

 

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Most teachers and parents have no idea how big of a problem absenteeism is in the early grades,  nor the impact it has on classrooms and children for years to come.  Moreover, a recent study found that most schools have no early warning system to detect chronic absenteeism before it becomes a significant problem. Find out what you need to know and what you can do.

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Changing Childhood: 
Why Kids Aren't Going Out to Play, Why They Should
Rae Pica with  Dr. Kwame Brown, Dr. Mary Rivkin and Catherine Holecko 

 

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Today there are many  reasons why children are spending more time indoors than out. In this segment our guests explore the reasons, the results and make some recommendations for correcting the imbalance.

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Finding the  Balance:
At What Age Should Young Children Be Exposed to Classroom Competition?
Rae Pica with Terry Orlick, PhD, Marc Warnke, and Catherine Holecko

 

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Some children's games are competitive while others are collaborative. There are some educators who believe young children should not be exposed to win/lose games. Others say competitive games prepare young children for the realities of life. Tune in to listen to the rationale for both views.

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Finding the  Balance:
5 Ways Technology May Adversely Alter Child Development
Rae Pica with Cris Rowan, OT, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT, Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D. and Fran Simon

 

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The ubiquity, application and use of technology in early childhood continue to expand. How is technology impacting child development? How much is too much? Who is best suited to define the proper balance for children? Our guests offer research, expert assessment and advice.

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