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Positive vs Negative Feedback: What's Better for Motivation?

Positive vs Negative Feedback: What's Better for Motivation?

Researchers examining how feedback affects mental effort finds positive feedback boosts confidence, while negative feedback makes tasks seem harder, both boosting motivation. 

Key to Right Interventions for Kids with Language Disorders

Key to Right Interventions for Kids with Language Disorders

New screening tools in child health care are effective in identifying early language and communication difficulties in children.

Drawings Give Shape to Math Problem-Solving Skills

Drawings Give Shape to Math Problem-Solving Skills

Researchers analyzed drawings made by children and adults when solving simple math problems. Their results suggest a novel method to enhance mathematical learning and instruction.

Teachers’ Growth Mindset Appears More Important Than Warmth

Teachers’ Growth Mindset Appears More Important Than Warmth

Students tend to like friendly teachers, but they like those who believe they can improve even more, new research indicates.

When Kids' Positive Attitude Towards Math Fades (And What To Do About It)

When Kids' Positive Attitude Towards Math Fades (And What To Do About It)

Children’s interest in, and competence perceptions of, mathematics are generally quite positive as they begin school, but turn less positive during the first three years. What can parents and educators do?

Do Early Fine Motor Skills Matter?

Do Early Fine Motor Skills Matter?

Preschool children were asked to draw, fold paper, and pile up blocks — skills that require careful manipulation of objects with hands, referred to as 'fine motor skills.' Researchers suspected that early fine motor skills might be important, they were startled at what they found.

3 Habits That Increase Reasoning Skills in Children

3 Habits That Increase Reasoning Skills in Children

These three habits enhanced reasoning skills among children over the first two school years.

How To Get Students To Think (and Transform Your Classroom)

How To Get Students To Think (and Transform Your Classroom)

After a series of failed attempts at improving students’ problem solving in the classroom, one former teacher came up with the idea of building a ‘thinking classroom’ and a research project designed to find ways to help teachers build it.

Flashcards vs Songs: What's Best for Math Fact Fluency?

Flashcards vs Songs: What's Best for Math Fact Fluency?

Fluently retrieving simple multiplication facts improves overall math scores but how can students best reach this fluency?

What an Animated Taco Reveals About Curiosity and Patience

What an Animated Taco Reveals About Curiosity and Patience

New research shows how curiosity can prioritize the journey over the outcome.

High Engagement, High Return: The Secret to Student Success

High Engagement, High Return: The Secret to Student Success

What researchers found when they observed real classroom tasks and coded them for student engagement. 

The Most Significant Predictor of Writing Ability

The Most Significant Predictor of Writing Ability

Researchers discover the key to closing the achievement gap in English learners' writing abilities.