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  • Students less focused, empathetic and active than before – technology may be to blame

    Students less focused, empathetic and active than before – technology may be to blame

    Teachers say most students have lost the ability to focus, are less empathetic and spend less time on physical activity. These are some of the results from our Growing Up Digital Australia study, in which we surveyed almost 2,000 teachers and school leaders across Australia. We asked them how students from primary school to year 12 have changed • Read More »

  • Kids explain their rhymes, games, and songs

    Kids explain their rhymes, games, and songs

    Children jumping rope, Blue Ridge Elementary School, Ararat, North Carolina. Photo by George Price Jr., 1978. Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project. This post is part of a series of posts called Staff Finds During Difficult Times, in which staff members discuss collections and items that have been inspiring them while they are working at home • Read More »

  • Going Outside Will Keep Us Happier During This Time of Social Distancing

    Going Outside Will Keep Us Happier During This Time of Social Distancing

    With the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States, everyone is talking about social distancing. I just found out that my three kids will be out of school for at least the next two weeks. Like many parents, I’m wondering just what it means to practice social distancing. I’m also trying to • Read More »

  • 43 Ways our Kids Thrive on Free Play

    43 Ways our Kids Thrive on Free Play

    Is your child getting enough ‘free play’? Child-led free play – the unstructured time during which children can act out their fantasies, create their own rules, and explore the world at their own pace – profoundly benefits their early development. But here’s the thing: While experts agree that undirected play is vital, it is disappearing • Read More »

  • The Death of Recess in America

    The Death of Recess in America

    There is something horribly wrong with America’s children. They can’t sit still. They have a hard time focusing in class. They struggle to remain silent during crucial testing preparation. Why, it’s almost as though they are naturally programmed for running, jumping, and playing, as opposed to studying, reciting, and memorizing. Obviously, we are in the • Read More »

  • Teachers Are Quitting, Students Are Crying, and Parents Are Frustrated—Welcome to Kindergarten

    Teachers Are Quitting, Students Are Crying, and Parents Are Frustrated—Welcome to Kindergarten

    I am a part of a Facebook group of over 66,000 kindergarten teachers. Every day, teachers in this group write posts about themselves crying alone in their classrooms. Why? The tears are due to the excessive demands being placed on kindergarten teachers and their tiny students. These teachers are not weak. These teachers are stressed and concerned. • Read More »

  • School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Children Deserve Better

    School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Children Deserve Better

    When my youngest son started kindergarten in Nashville a few years ago, I was excited about a new Tennessee law requiring three 15-minute school recesses per day. I wouldn’t have to worry about my energetic little boy bouncing off the walls at school. But it didn’t last. After hearing from frustrated teachers and school leaders • Read More »

  • School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Kids Deserve Better (in News Section)

    School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Kids Deserve Better (in News Section)

    When my youngest son started kindergarten in Nashville a few years ago, I was excited about a new Tennessee law requiring three 15-minute school recesses per day. I wouldn’t have to worry about my energetic little boy bouncing off the walls at school. But it didn’t last. After hearing from frustrated teachers and school leaders • Read More »

  • Finding middle ground in the debate over recess

    Finding middle ground in the debate over recess

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.  – Fred Rogers AS EDUCATORS, the most precious resource we have is time. There never seems to be enough of it to cover the ever increasing litany of • Read More »

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