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Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. Some research, like Carol Dweck’s on growth mindset or Angela Duckworth’s on grit, quickly became catch phrases among educators. At the same time, critics have pushed back against the notion that students underperform only […]

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No learning without doing, future teachers find

By Liz Mineo, Harvard Staff Writer On the first day of class, the instructor handed out spaghetti, string, tape, and marshmallows to the eight students gathered around a table and asked them to build the tallest possible freestanding structure and place the marshmallow on top, in 18 minutes. Created by the designer and author Tom Wujec […]

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Music Helps Kids’ Brains Develop Faster

A new study reports learning music can accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in areas associated with language development and sound processing. Five-year USC study finds significant differences between kids who learned to play instruments and those who didn’t. Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of...

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