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Working memory, attention to detail, prominent in child prodigies

Working memory, attention to detail, prominent in child prodigies
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
July 24, 2013 — What separates excellent from average? Is it IQ? Genetics? Skill-specific, natural giftedness? Practice? A personality trait? Of course, no one variable provides a complete answer. However, one recent study suggests that above-average doses of common skills may play a role in stellar achievement.

A sturdy STEM begins by growing strong roots

By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
July 17, 2013 — Every generation reflects on their own growing-up experiences and tries to line them up with their children’s lives and worlds. Change has sped up exponentially and the world has flattened out, competitively speaking. The knowledge economy knows no borders, and the U.S. has lagged behind the global market demand for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.

Got quotes?

By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
July 15, 2013 — “Whether your child is 3 or 13, don’t rush in to rescue him until you know he’s done all he can to rescue himself.” Barbara F. Meltz, (writes about parenting for the Boston Globe). Quote from: (http://www.searchquotes.com/). Post your favorite refrigerator-worthy quotes about parenting!

Study calls out flash cards for enhancing active recall

Study calls out flash cards for enhancing active recall
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
July 10, 2013 — Flash cards, a favored and familiar learning tool for decades, continue to deliver big value at a small price. Yes, they encourage memorization, but they also develop the important skill of active recall. A January Time Magazine column highlighted findings from a report released early this year by the Association for Psychological Science. Its authors examined 10 learning tactics and rated each from high to low utility on the basis of the evidence they gathered.

Are your kids learning, or memorizing, math concepts?

Are your kids learning, or memorizing, math concepts?
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
July 3, 2013 — Kids in the U.S. clearly need more work in math to boost their skills and school performance, and early childhood math foundations are essential for later math success. Last December the New York Times reported that U.S. students continue to lag behind many nations in math and science, even as our global economy increasingly demands those skills.

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