Shredding for school: Researchers study links between skateboarding and academic success

By Linda Jacobson for educationdive.com LOS ANGELES — Squeezed between the racks of T-shirts and displays of skateboards, Cole Taylor, a volunteer from the Nike Community Ambassador program, sits down with 8-year-old Daniel Basaldua to practice spelling words and complete math problems. Other boys jump off their boards at the front door of the Garage Board Shop in East Los Angeles…

Ask Dr.Blank: What are 5 ways to help improve a child’s confidence in the classroom?

Offer Praise: Praise is one of the first behaviors that comes to mind in thinking about ways to foster a child’s confidence. This has come under scrutiny in recent years because, in many cases, praise, or more accurately, overpraising has come into play. Evidence indicates that this often does more harm than good. Sometimes it leads children to feel that…

Amid arts push, Detroit schools want your old tubas, trumpets, and more

By Imani Harris for chalkbeat.org That old trumpet may be doing little more than collecting dust in your basement, but it could be just what a Detroit student needs this fall, the city’s main district is telling local residents.  Amid Detroit Public Schools Community District’s recent investment in arts and music education, it is encouraging people to donate their gently…

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Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Even Monster Need Haircuts is a story about a little boy who wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know:• It’s a funny twist on a little boy’s dream of wanting to be like his dad when he grows up. • Monsters may not seem…

From a wrongful arrest to a life-saving romance: the typos that have changed people’s lives

By Tom Lamont for the guardian.com One day in May this year, Luigi Rimonti left his home in Gateshead to catch a ferry from North Shields, the first stage in a 1,000-mile drive across Europe to Italy. A dapper, energetic 81-year-old, Rimonti had grown up in a suburb of Rome before coming to the north-east of England as a young…