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Why Free Play is the Best Summer School

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jun 16, 2016 02:11 PM

"The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals."  So begins an article that appeared two years ago in "The Atlantic."  The article can be accessed here . read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on June 16, 2016

Why Finland Has the Best Schools

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Apr 19, 2016 11:51 AM

"In Finland teachers are the most trusted and admired professionals next to doctors, in part because they are required to have master's degrees in education with specialization in research and classroom practice."  This  is a quote form an Op-Ed piece which recently appeared in the Los Angeles ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on April 19, 2016

Physically Active Math & Language Lessons Enhance Learning

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Mar 17, 2016 09:00 AM

Dutch researchers have found that incorporating physical activity into math & language lessons enhances learning.  Here is the link to the article describing this research: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2016/02/22/peds.2015-2743.full.pdf read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on March 17, 2016

Ten Reasons People Still Need Cursive

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Feb 16, 2016 09:05 AM

Ten reasons for teaching cursive handwriting, which is fast becoming a lost art.  Click here for the article. read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on February 16, 2016

Screen time and children

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 15, 2016 10:50 AM

How much of the day do children spend viewing an electronic screen?  Amazingly, teens spend almost seven hours a day in front of an electronic screen.  And that doesn't even include screen time for school!  Take a look at the article Kids and Screen Time , posted on the nprED website.  ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 15, 2016

2016 Newbery Awards

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 13, 2016 12:50 PM

Please click here to access a list of this year's Newbery Award winning books. read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 13, 2016

2016 Caldecott Award

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 13, 2016 12:40 PM

Please click here to access a list of this year's Caldecott Award winning books. read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 13, 2016

New Titles in Online Video Streaming

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Jan 05, 2016 04:01 PM

Polk Library is pleased to announce the addition of FIVE new online streaming video collections as part of our commitment to bringing high-quality documentary, feature film and archival film footage to the classroom, reserve lists  and online courses.  These services join Polk’s popular Fi... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on January 05, 2016

The Relationship Between Computer Use & Learning

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Dec 16, 2015 08:22 AM

"On average, in the past 10 years, there has been no appreciable improvement in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that have invested heavily in information and communication technologies for education."  This quote comes from a report from an international org... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on December 16, 2015

Delaying Kindergarten Until Age 7

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Nov 16, 2015 09:58 AM

A new study shows that delaying the start of school has significant benefits.  According to the co-author of the study, Stanford Professor Thomas Dee: “We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11 and it ... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on November 16, 2015

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