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There are good resources out there on the Internet. The above are our broad categories which focus on the education of children. Each category is a hyperlink to a new document which will list the articles we have selected.

Each title is then followed by one or more paragraphs taken from the actual article itself. Hopefully these paragraphs will help you decide whether the articles are relevant to your needs and concerns.

  • Developmentally Appropriate Programs

    This digest debunks myths about developmentally appropriate programs (DAPs) and discusses essential characteristics of developmentally appropriate practices.

  • Encouraging Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms

    This digest considers both teacher-initiated and child-initiated strategies for enhancing young children's self-expression and creativity.

  • What Young Children Should Be Learning

    This Digest addresses the question of what young children should be learning that will best serve their development and learning in the long term. Two major dimensions of development -- normative and dynamic -- are explored, and four categories of learning goals are discussed: (1) knowledge; (2) skills; (3) dispositions; and (4) feelings.

  • Investing in Technology: The Payoff in Student Learning

    This digest reviews some significant research on technology use in the classroom that examines how investment in technology will pay off in terms of student learning, and it indicates the conditions under which technology is most likely to have a positive impact on student learning.

  • How People Learn and What Technology Might Have To Do with It

    What is known about how people learn and the role technology may play in their learning? How might that knowledge provide guidelines for appropriate uses of technology that can help students and teachers?

  • Seven Steps to Responsible Software Selection

    ... microcomputers in schools are no longer a novelty, but contribute significantly in the learning process, and software selection is taken as seriously as the selection of text books. This digest will outline a seven step process for responsible software selection.

  • Class Size

    Class size is a policy issue that has perennially divided teachers and policymakers. How large should classes be? Are the benefits of smaller classes worth the cost?

  • Outdoor Experiences for Young Children

    This digest examines the value of outdoor experience for young children, reasons for its decline, ways to enhance school play spaces, and aspects of developmentally appropriate outdoorenvironments.

  • Promoting Physical Activity in Children: Parental Influences

    Children of active parents tend to be more active. This Digest describes the various socialization factors that influence a child's interest and involvement in physical activity. While role modeling exerts some effect, recent research suggests that the nature of parental influence may be much more complex.

  • Guidelines for Family Television Viewing

    ... research indicates that television viewing may be linked to violent or aggressive behavior, obesity, poor academic performance, precocious sexuality, and the use of drugs or alcohol. Thus, it is important that parents help their children use television as a positive, creative force, and help them avoid television's negative influences.

  • Multiple Intelligences: Gardner's Theory

    This digest discusses the origins of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, his definition of intelligence, the incorporation of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into the classroom, and its role in alternative assessment practices.

  • Helping with Homework: A Parent's Guide to Information Problem-Solving

    An abundance of information is available from many sources, and the Big Six can help parents effectively deal with that information to guide their youngsters through school assignments.

  • Helping Your Child With Homework
    for parents of elementary and junior high school-aged children

    How can I get Michael to do his homework? Every night it's a struggle to get him to turn off the television and do his homework. Why isn't Maria getting more homework? (Why is Jonathan getting so much homework?) When is Tanya supposed to do homework? She takes piano lessons, sings in her church choir, plays basketball, and helps with family chores. There's hardly any time left to study. How can I help Robert with his math homework when I don't understand it? Do homework assignments really help my child learn?

    This document helps answer these questions - and many others - that parents and others who care for children in elementary and junior high school often ask about homework. Included are practical ideas for helping children complete homework assignments successfully. Some of the ideas in this document may also be helpful for high school students.

  • Helping Your Child Succeed in School
    with activities for children aged 5 through 11

    This book is about what we can do in our own homes, right now, that will help our children go to school wanting to learn. It includes: (1) Basic information on what we know about success in school; (2) Activities for children ages 5-11 to help them acquire the skills to succeed; (3) Questions and answers about when to talk to the teacher and how to handle parent-teacher conferences. Success in school takes hard work, planning, a few basic skills, and the will to want to succeed.

  • Helping Your Child Use the Library

    This provides information about introducing children to the abundance of books, plus many other valuable resources and services, that libraries have to offer.

  • Helping Students Cope with Test Anxiety

    One of the most threatening events that causes anxiety in students today is testing. When students develop an extreme fear of performing poorly on an examination, they experience test anxiety. Test anxiety is a major factor contributing to a variety of negative outcomes including psychological distress, academic underachievement, academic failure, and insecurity.

  • How To Study for Tests

    This digest offers a plan to help you study for tests. It explains how to prepare for and take tests. Techniques for taking essay, multiple choice and other types of exams are reviewed.

  • Listening: Are We Teaching It, and If So, How?

    Although listening provides a foundation for all aspects of language and cognitive development and plays a lifelong role in the processes of learning and communication essential to productive participation in life, there is a tendency for teachers not to emphasize listening objectives. Even though no widely accepted model for listening has been developed, several researchers have linked listening skills to reading skills, and processing models for reading contribute to the understanding of listening.

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