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How can a child’s interests be incorporated into their education?

Student-centered learning (SCL) has some answers.

SCL is based on the constructivist theories of education proposed by Swiss clinical psychologist Jean Piaget
(1896–1980).
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US spends more per student than any other country in the world but ranked 37th in Math and reading in 2018.

US education system was copied from the school system of Kingdom of Prussia and brought to Massachusetts in 1852.

170 years ago!
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Experienced Teachers Are Leaving.

“I started to watch as more & more restrictions were placed on kids… I felt like I couldn’t [teach anymore].”

That feeling of helplessness is one reason experienced teachers leaving their posts post covid…
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How much computer games are you kids playing?

How much is to much?

Ever wonder how gaming companies are keeping our kids playing with their products when schools can’t keep their attention?
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Been deep into product development since April.

Top of my list is an assessment (diagnostic survey/tool)
followed by 5 types of word problems.

What other math topics are on top of your wish list for your kids?
Children spend only 20% of their time, if they're lucky, in formal classroom settings.

Yet we devote so much of our time & energy to reforming schools.

How can we have a substantial impact on kids' education outside of formal schooling?
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🙋🏻‍♀️Should kids trust parents as career advisors?

85% of workers worldwide are unhappy or downright miserable at their jobs.

A study in the International Journal of Advanced Research in 2019 found parents might be at fault...
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Ongoing debate w/ gamers:

How do video games affects adults?

• Do you end up spending much time?

• Do you feel it might substitute a real life experience?

• Ever feel you’ll spend way much money on it?

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Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem

Kids taught 1:1 do better.

In the 1980s, educational psychologist, Benjamin Bloom quantified just how much better.

The answer might surprise you...

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Contrarian Belief:

Education is important but it is NOT the most important thing for a child.

Their dream is.

Dream tops education.

Why?

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Mental Model Upgrade:
8 SURPRISING lessons I discovered this weekend (ongoing thread)

I'm going through @tferriss 's Tools of Titans

...page by page and
...taking notes by hand.

Top 5 fav titans so far (4 in business & 1 in journalism) 👇

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What math topics do our kids need to know to be financially literate?

Many people believe that financial literacy is all about money.

Not so.

To be financially literate, they must understand these 8 math concepts...

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What does Warren Buffet have to do with Fibonacci numbers and what does this have to do with your kid’s brain?

Turns out, a lot.

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Are your little ones enjoying their summer break?

I sure hope so!

But did you know that September is often a hard month for kids returning to school because of the "summer slide"?

A summer slide is ...
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Brain Teasers = Great way to assess kids’ critical thinking skills

Here’s one:

A bat & a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?”

What’s your answer?
Are you a leader or manager of your child's education?

There's a big difference between the two, and it's important to understand the distinction if you want to be an effective parent.

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I once had a student who used to rushed home to get the mid-term grade cards out of the mailbox so his parents wouldn't disown him😱

So petrified of their reactions to his grades that he'd hide the cards in his room so they wouldn't find them.

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Did you Chinese philosopher Confucius (561 BC) was considered the 1st teacher?

He taught 1:1.

For a millennium after that teaching was done 1:1.

The true value of a teacher is not teaching. Instead...
Startup Guru, Paul Graham @paulg, co-founder of YCombinator gave 18 reasons why startups fail.

His insights apply to any business, not just tech startups.

There’s 1 item on the list that stood out as it applies to math education for kids.

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