Archive for February 2017

Stop typing! Why taking handwritten notes in class is best

Stop typing! Why taking handwritten notes in class is best
My teen has a school-issued laptop computer that she uses in every class. As great a learning tool as it is, there is one aspect of classroom learning that is not improved by the laptop: note-taking. Research shows that taking notes with the old-fashioned paper and pen method may be the best way to go.... Read more »

In defense of the parent portal, which can be helpful in many ways

In defense of the parent portal, which can be helpful in many ways
The parent portal is the website that allows parents to monitor their child’s grades and stay abreast of other developments at school. Not all parents like it. I get it. The parent portal is far from perfect. But I’m going to go against the grain with a radical* declaration: I like the parent portal. It gives... Read more »

Helpful coding and computer science resources for teens and their parents

Helpful coding and computer science resources for teens and their parents
Many parents know a little about coding and know that it involves writing instructions for computers. However, parents may not know: that the average annual starting salary for a programmer in the U.S. is $62,000, which is $8,000 higher than the annual median US household income; that estimates suggest that by 2020 there will be up... Read more »
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Helping tweens and teens determine the best news sources

Helping tweens and teens determine the best news sources
Our kids get information and news from a wide variety of sources, but determining what is fact and what is fiction can be a big challenge. A recent study out of Stanford show that adolescents are struggling. Researchers found “a dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the Internet . . . Students, for example, had... Read more »

Founding fodder: George Washington's words to live by

Founding fodder: George Washington's words to live by
The Founding Fathers didn’t give any thought to the internet or social media, but their wisdom can still provide wise counsel that applies in modern times. Today on Safer Internet Day, and every day, kids should apply this George Washington quote to their online behavior: “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few.” Yes, you’ll probably have... Read more »

14 pieces of advice for teens

14 pieces of advice for teens
I love advice that is practical, helpful, and wise. That’s why I’m so very happy to have today’s guest post, which offers exactly that kind of great advice for teens. Ingrid Mantey Burchfield has worked with teens for more than a decade and she’s parenting a teenage son. Here are her 14 pieces of advice for teens:... Read more »
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Talking with astronauts aboard the International Space Station about teamwork and more

Talking with astronauts aboard the International Space Station about teamwork and more
Yesterday, I traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to attend the Space Bowl. What is the Space Bowl, you ask? Houston is rolling out the red carpet for Super Bowl LI on Sunday. In honor of the occasion, NASA combined football and space into Space Bowl for a very cool #NASASocial event. Attendees got... Read more »