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[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Teaching kids advertising language

Just stumbled across a website called admongo.gov. It’s an American intiative helping kids understand what ads really mean. As ads are part of our everday life (in fact when I look around my computer right now I can see three different ads) it is important for children to understand the ad lingo. So teaching them how advertising works, what advertising is trying you to do etc. will help them make better judgements. They have quite a cool flash-based game that goes through ads (where they are placed, what they try …

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[17 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Teaching languages to an unborn

Yes, you read right. A new study has found out that people should talk in two languages, even when the baby is not born yet. This increases the chances of the baby “liking” both languages. Now, you might ask how you can check whether a baby likes one language more than the other. The answer is quite easy: What does a baby want the most? The method is known as “high-amplitude sucking-preference procedure”. Here’s the entire study.
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[8 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Teaching with the Socratic Method

I recently stumbled upon a transcript of a teacher experimenting with the Socratic Method. I was amazed at what happened, and what I read. It wasn’t so much the use of the Socratic Method, but what was being taught.
The idea of teaching children other bases for counting at an early stage is fascinating. Scientists argue that teaching children to count and do math with only 10 as a base limits the potential of our evolution. I would argue a different point. Couldn’t we take a similar approach when it comes …