Mathematics and intrinsic learning, and box dice.

In 2011, US students came in 32nd among the regions participating in PISA. 22 countries significantly outperform the US, and Canada was among these…until 2012, when the country’s performance fell 14 points.  

Mathematics and intrinsic learning, and box dice.

In 2011, US students came in 32nd among the regions participating in PISA. 22 countries significantly outperform the US, and Canada was among these…until 2012, when the country’s performance fell 14 points.  

Reality check #2: snake handling tips

Reality check #2: snake handling tips

Reality check #2: snake handling tips.

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Gifted Children ARE Children

by Catharine Rhodes Once, I was a 12 year old girl doodling in my diary.  There is poorly drawn picture of a gift box with the words “Gifted?  

Gifted Children ARE Children

by Catharine Rhodes Once, I was a 12 year old girl doodling in my diary.  There is poorly drawn picture of a gift box with the words “Gifted?  

They’re learning while watching TV.

They’re learning while watching TV.

Let’s talk about intrinsic learning. Since Robert White studied motivation in 1959, countless studies have proven him correct: human beings are capable of learning things we don’t want to learn…but we are more likely to retain information that is interesting to us. Children aren’t little adults, but they are motivated the same way (as you know, if you’ve ever tried to teach a five year old to…

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The Backwards World

Assault.  Sexual assault. Violent attacks.  These are all of the things faced by people who are “different” in my community: visible minorities, people with physical development issues, those who are visibly gay or transgendered.  Or, if one happens to be under the age of ten, that person might be attacked by one of many roving, underaged street-gangs who assault others, as near as I can tell,…

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Things I wish I had framed: A five-minute post

Things I wish I had framed: A five-minute post

I wish I had framed:

that cheque, from Bell Canada

for one cent.

One. Freaking. Cent.

And the report card

my daughter brought 

home, in

third grade

the one that said Panda Hoodie

has trouble with speling and 

grammer (I swear it’s true). 

The University paper where

my professor marked my own

‘speling and grammer’

incorrect….because I 

had spelled apartment with

only one p and desert with

only one…

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Bullying and the sad state of the North American Playground

Bullying and the sad state of the North American Playground

As a mom, I spend a lot of time at the playground.  Particularly in summer (or winter, if I happen to be fortunate enough to be visiting a warmer locale).  My children seem to enjoy running around all day and today was particularly wonderful: rarely is the weather such a combination of mild heat and blowing wind.  It was like sitting under a blow dryer set on low, with a bit of a chill at one’s…

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5 Minute Post: Ladies…I think we know what to do…..

A rose, by any other name……….

A rose, by any other name……….

My name is Catharine.  It’s a fairly common one, although it can be easy to slip up.  This is because there are over 26 possible spellings.  The first one was “Catherine”, back when St Catherine of Sienna wore it.  Officially, her name was  Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa and I suppose, with my Italian roots, I should have some affinity for the original spelling. I did once date a young man from…

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