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jtotheizzoe:

University of Cambridge researchers studied the effects of hiding children’s eyes on their feelings of invisibility, and discovered some very interesting things about how young kids view their “self” versus their “body”, which you should check out.

“… it would seem that children apply the principle of joint attention to the self and assume that for somebody to be perceived, experience must be shared and mutually known to be shared, as it is when two pairs of eyes meet.”

Apparently kids only exist when you make eye contact with them. Remember that when you don’t want them to feel invisible.

energizestudents:

Studies Link Students’ Boredom to Stress
A group of researchers has published a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science linking student boredom to feelings of stress. While it’s still important for teachers to create a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom.

energizestudents:

Studies Link Students’ Boredom to Stress

A group of researchers has published a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science linking student boredom to feelings of stress. While it’s still important for teachers to create a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom.

jtotheizzoe:

Kepler (the telescope, not the long-dead astronomer) just found the first multi-planet system that orbits a multi-star system. Now would be the appropriate time to invoke the Tatooine references.

This reminds us not only are there just a ton of “habitable zone” planets, but that they also orbit multiple types of star systems. You name a star system, we can probably put a planet around it.

Think about this: As habitable zone planets become more and more numerous, what will we use as a more useful indicator of whether they could harbor life? Because just being in the right place is not enough.

(by nasaames)

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
Peggy O’Mara (via psychotherapy)

drivingbarefoot:

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about challenging my class of seniors to read 100 books. I finally got a chance to read through all of their review cards and compile a list of their top fifteen books/series. These are all books that the students gave 5/5 stars and…

coolcatteacher:

This presentation is one I give about the habits of the top 21st century teachers. (via 12 Habits of the Top 21-st Century Teacher)