Celebrate the women behind the periodic table (2019, Nature)

Here we spotlight some of the women who revolutionized our understanding of the elements.
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Learning music early can make your child a better reader (2018, English version)

ManuelManuel wrote the following post Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:16:04 +0100
Aprender música enseña a leer
Música, lenguaje, distintos armónicos, un solo acorde...

La formación musical en los primeros años de escolarización influye positivamente en la capacidad lectora del alumno.


Aprender música enseña a leer

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La neurociencia ha encontrado una clara relación entre la música y la adquisición del lenguaje. Sin rodeos: aprender música en los primeros años de la escolarización puede ayudar a que los niños aprendan a leer.

Ambas actividades comparten una red superpuesta en el cerebro. Desde una perspectiva evolutiva, el cerebro humano desarrolló la adquisición de la música mucho antes que la del lenguaje y luego usó esa habilidad para crear y aprender el lenguaje.

Al nacer, los bebés entienden el lenguaje como si fuera música. Responden al ritmo y a la melodía del lenguaje antes de comprender qué significan las palabras.
  
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La mente-cavalletta non trattiene perché non fa esperienza, ma ne riceve solo l’apparenza emotiva: rimane nell’interminabile corridoio digitale, osservando tutte le porte senza aprirne realmente nessuna. I dispositivi spesso ci rendono «in-disponibili» all’esperienza: la mano piena non può ricevere né afferrare altro.
Da dove cominciare per restituire ai ragazzi la gioia dell’esperienza? Non basta aprire a forza la loro mano e limitare l’uso degli schermi, bisogna integrarli.


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Noi vogliamo figli liberi e intelligenti, non cavallette.
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M. DentM. Dent wrote the following post Thu, 25 Oct 2018 22:41:10 +0200
A bit dated, but interesting research
The secondary takeawy from this is that we should beware studies that use "self reporting".  It's interesting how we convince ourselves of things that should be obviously untrue.

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

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Students told researchers they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.
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ManuelManuel wrote the following post Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:20:23 +0200
Escuelas libres, rurales y activas: una realidad pese a las trabas de la administración
Cada vez más familias tratan de esquivar el sistema tradicional de enseñanza y buscan alternativas en escuelas “niñocéntricas” que ponen el pensamiento crítico por delante de los exámenes. El directorio ludus.org, que en 2013 registraba 40 proyectos, hoy contiene 800.


Escuelas libres, rurales y activas: una realidad pese a las trabas de la administración

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"¡Nuestra escuela es todo el pueblo!”, exclama Miguel, acompañante del colectivo Wayra, un proyecto ubicado en Jubgado (Salamanca). Para describir un día en Wayra, primero hay que decir que la hora de entrada no existe. También hay que decir que no hay profesores, sino acompañantes. Y lo último que se debe saber es que no hay temario y cada día es una aventura diferente.

“La clase comienza cuando estamos todas”, asegura Miguel. “El grupo grande llega a la escuela con los dos acompañantes que somos Pablo y yo”, cuenta. Mientras llega el resto, los niños y niñas dibujan o juegan al ajedrez en un ambiente tranquilo y los acompañantes cortan fruta o rellenan el calendario. “Luego llega escalonadamente el resto de la tropa, algunos acompañados por sus padres y madres”, explica Miguel. Y es entonces cuando arranca el día. El Ayuntamiento ha cedido sus instalaciones municipales al proyecto, así que los niños y niñas deciden si quieren ir a la biblioteca, al salón de actos, al polideportivo o prefieren quedarse en una piedra o junto al río. “A lo largo de la mañana nos vamos dispersando en grupitos de peques y adultos pero siempre metemos una propuesta organizada al día. Hoy por ejemplo hemos hecho pigmentos naturales con carbón y hemos ido a una cueva a hacer pinturas rupestres porque estamos hablando mucho del paleolítico”, cuenta el acompañante de Wayra.
  
Look up from your screen (2018, aeon)

Children learn best when their bodies are engaged in the living world. We must resist the ideology of screen-based learning

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Stupendo

Un pianoforte su Marte (Alessandro D'Avenia)

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Perciò do ai miei alunni i «compiti di silenzio»: 10-15 minuti di quiete, lontani da qualsiasi oggetto, disponibili a sentire tutte le voci che sussurrano o urlano dentro, per soffermarsi sulla più autentica. Per noi e per chi ci è accanto dovremmo trovare momenti di pianoforte su Marte, in cui, in mezzo a paure mute e incombenze urlate, poter lasciare risuonare le domande nascoste nella stanza più interna del cuore, il cuore del cuore, come Amleto chiama il luogo in cui accogliamo solo gli amici veri.

Quando il tempo vola, in realtà non ha fatto altro che aprirsi alla vita che non muore, alla vita indistruttibilmente viva. È aver trovato il Graal dell’esistenza.


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The Tree of life- Lacrimosa
by Catherine Sach on YouTube
  
Bellissimo: testo, immagine e musica. Grazie mille!
  
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Bravo :-)!!
  
Bello, grazie per la condivisione. Sto cercando di prepararmi (per tempo) all'inevitabile!
  
La figlia adolescente di una buona amica, l'altro giorno, dopo alcuni... incidenti al liceo, ha raccontato a sua madre:
- Mamma, ho l'età di fare cose pazze!! Siate pazienti, in due anni, sarò di nuovo la figlia responsabile :-):

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:-) Lo ammetto..
Mi piacciono molte cose che scrive Alessandro D'Avenia.
E mi piace il suo stile di scrivere.

Ulisse, cura anti apatia (Alessandro D'Avenia)
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Molto bello, grazie dell'articolo!
  
Non riuscirei a fare l’insegnante senza prendere sul serio la vita futura dei ragazzi


chapeau!
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“Maybe it’s good to let your kids see you struggle.”

Infants Can Learn the Value of Perseverance by Watching Adults (2017)

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Ji Young-jun poses with his baby after winning the men's marathon at the 16th Asian Games.



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Marshall SutherlandMarshall Sutherland wrote the following post Sun, 29 Oct 2017 22:15:22 +0100
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should've been a red flag

Interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other tech elites consistently reveal that Silicon Valley parents are strict about technology use. A new book suggests the signs may have been clear years ago that smartphone use should be regulated. There may be a way to integrate tech into the classroom, however, that avoids its harmful effects. Psychologists are quickly learning how dangerous smartphones can be for teenage brains.
  
Wenn Kinder nur noch wischen, haben sie einen großen Nachteil (2018, Deutschlandradio)

Wir ziehen uns eine Generation von Behinderten heran, ich sage es mal drastisch. Je mehr Fingerspiele sie im Kindergarten machen, desto besser sind sie mit 20 in Mathematik, weil die Zahlen über die Finger und deren komplexen Gebrauch ins Hirn kommen. Wenn sie nur wischen als Kindergartenkind, endet ihre Karriere als Putzfachkraft. Das sollte man einfach nicht machen.

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For my kids I'm slowly discovering the various options that it offers ANKI. Wonderful !
On YouTube it can be found a lot of tips and suggestions for efficient work with it.




Image/photo Some time ago, I learned foreign languages for myself in the old fashion way. It's time to refresh and to repeat !



Credits and further information:
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Lerndatei (Wikipedia)
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ANKI (Wikipedia)

#learning #flashcard
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Memory is quick if you practice focusing. If you focus the first time, there is no need to repeat it, because you already know it. However, we are usually not able to focus for very long, hence repetition is necessary for larger chunks of information. Space repetition does work.

Years ago I taught myself how to memorize a deck of cards. This is a very small and fixed piece of information, and so quick to learn and do. I will give you some examples of how to use this for fun. These are not tricks as in cheating, you actually do it. I was called to do that without having done it for 20 years, and while I was a bit slow, I did manage the Just In Time Deck.

# Just In Time Deck
The first example is the Just In Time Deck. Allow e.g. five people to shuffle a full deck and take out one card each, then hand you the deck. You go through it once as quick as you can, and then hand the deck back. At this point, the five can know the card or not know the card they took. It does not matter. The JIT version lets you now say which five cards have been taken, so name one and let the person holding that card reveal it to the others, continue with the other four.

# Pre-Time Deck - unordered
The next example looks similar, but it is not. You remembered the deck as you went through it, right? If you did, great, if not then for this one you need to remember a deck first - let us call it the Pre-Time Deck - unordered. The easiest variant of showing the Pre-Time Deck unordered is to have someone cut the deck you have remembered. You will now be able to say which card is previous and next after the one showing. You can also ask for a card and say which number it is in the deck, but it will be slow.

# Pre-Time Deck - ordered
As before, the full deck can be borrowed and shuffled by somebody else, but you need to look through it once. However, and different from the last version, now you add an index as you memorize the deck, e.g. Seven of Hearts is first, Three of Clubs is second and so on. Now you can ask for any number between 1-52 - or 52 - 1, birthdays or other significant dates will be between 1-31 so allow to start counting from the top or bottom. You can do the cut as before, but this time you can say which cards are four before or seven after.

So how is this done?

To do the JIT Deck, as you go through the deck only once, you use pre-learned mental images for each card and explode the image. As you hand the deck back, you start going through each suite's pre-learend images in your head - Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamond - those you had not exploded, those are the once that were taken.

To do the Pre-Time Deck - unordered, as you go through the deck only once, you use the same pre-learned mental images for each card and contect them as in a story or you can use Loci - put each card from your front door through every room in your house. When the deck is cut or someone names a card, you see its place in the story or in your house, and you can look at what came before or after.

To do the Pre-Time Deck - ordered, as you go through the deck only once, you use the same pre-learned mental images for each card AND the pre-learned mental images for each number from 1 to 52 and connect card image with number image.

That's it. :-)

Well, almost.

You need to know how to create those mental images, because they follow a strict system. Let us start with the digits first, there are only ten of them - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.  They look like consonants - 1 looks like a t, 2 looks like an n on its side, 3 looks like an m on it side, 4 looks like an R reversed and lost its leg, 5 looks like an S, 6 looks like a b, 7 looks like part of a K, 8 looks like an calligraphy f and 9 looks like a P revered. These are fixed. We will be LISTENING for these, so we can allow ourselves a little wiggle room by adding that 1 can be T or D or TH - these three SOUND similar, okay?

The number 3412 can then be said to be M R T N, so if you just slide in some vowels, you have MaRTiN. Now, MaRTiN is someone we can see in our mind, right, and when we listen for the consonant sounds in MaRTiN we convert the M to 3, R to 4, T to 1 and N to 2 - 3412.

Let us try Pi with ten decimals - 3.1415926535. Break a long number into groups of two or three or four as you normally would for phone number (well, you would if you are as old as me, pre cell phones - gasp :scream_cat: ). Okay, here we go - Pi with ten digits is M T R T S P N B S M S. Hm... Remember, we are LISTENING to consonant SOUNDS, so we do not care about correct spelling, okay? 3 1 4 - MoTHeR, 1 - Do, 5 9 2 - SPaiN, 6 - Buy, 5 3 5 - MuSeS. Mother, do Spain buy muses? Can you remember that? If not, create your own words or sentences. Now that you know the system, learning Pi to a hundred digits is probably easier, because you have much more wiggle room. Just create a fun sentence you can remember, and convert. :-)

Hey, wait a minute - what about the cards. Ah, yes - I forgot about those. ;-) It is the same system with a slight twist. All Spades image words start with an S, all Hearts words start with an H, all Clubs words start with a C and all Diamond image words start with a D. Example: Rember 4 looks like an R without its leg. Four of Clubs is C - R, or CaR. Four Hearts is H - R, or HaiR. I will not give you the rest - YOU need to create those list of image words that work for YOU. Have fun, choose images that are fun or sexy for YOU to use - it is your head. :-)
  
You are most welcome. :-)