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Here’s what you need to know about homework and how to help your child

Parent involvement with kids' homework can have both positive and negative effects. So, what should parents and educators do?
Kids' passion for Minecraft means they don’t even realise they’re learning while they play. Kevin Jarrett/Flickr

Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom

Minecraft is not just the world's most successful PC game – teachers are now using it in the classroom to get kids excited about learning.
Video games have some clever ways of motivating players, and these methods can be used to get kids interested in learning. From www.shutterstock.com

Here’s the drug that every school should legalise

There may be a chemical secret to getting kids interested in learning – and it's one that's created and produced by our own bodies rather than in a lab.
What does the contents of this bowl have in common with math? Clipp2nd

Mathematics, spaghetti alla carbonara and you

Mathematics and cooking can both be about problem solving, excitement, aesthetics. And it's for you to decide for yourself what you like and don't like in both realms.
You can do a lot while you sleep. Woman via www.shutterstock.com.

Can we unlearn social biases while we sleep?

We strengthen memories while we sleep, and researchers have found a way to cue that process to help people better retain information that counters implicit biases.
Beyond Silicon Valley MOOC Meet-Up, Athens, Greece, June 11, 2014. Yiorgis Yerolympos

MOOCs and meetups together make for better learning

Everyday, thousands of students around the world perch themselves in front of computer screens in homes, libraries, coffee shops, and Internet cafes to take a massive open online course (MOOC). It’s no…
First day at school? Did you prep for the test? Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

We must scrap new baseline tests for primary school children

From September 2016, within five weeks of starting primary school, all children in England will receive an assessment that will stay on their record. But we have been here before and it didn’t work. The…
If you don’t eat breakfast in the morning, it’s likely your kids won’t either. Kris Kesiak/Flickr

What happens when kids don’t eat breakfast?

How many times have we heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? There’s overwhelming evidence to suggest that it is, especially for children. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve…
We know what doesn’t work. Teaching via Shutterstock/michaeljung

Seven ‘great’ teaching methods not backed up by evidence

What makes “great teaching”? It’s a complicated question, made more difficult by trying to measure how teachers make decisions in the classroom and what impact those decisions have on what pupils learn…
What will you remember? Test via Syda Productions/Shutterstock

How tests and wrong answers help us remember what we learn

Teachers give tests to find out what their students know. But tests do a lot more than that and can have a powerful effect on what a student remembers. In a typical research study looking at the links…
The curious want to know more and can remember more. Flickr/Wagner T Cassimiro Aranha

Curiosity changes the brain to boost memory and learning

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to remember not only information about that topic, but also other…

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