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ADD/ADHD and Creativity: Is There a Link?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are two of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children and can often carry on into adulthood. The symptoms could pretty much be used to describe any child: hyperactivity, inattention, impulsiveness. Though never formally diagnosed, I myself have always suspected to be a member of […]

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Building Blocks: Bringing Conceptual Mathematics into the Physical Classroom

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When most kids first learn to count, they begin by counting objects they see in the physical world.  Perhaps you’ve pointed at a group of objects and asked your young child: how many?  How many blocks, how many bananas, how many birds?  The Count from Sesame Street helps children learn with this technique: he will […]

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Attack of the Screens: What are tablets doing to our kids?

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I recently returned home from visiting my family in Minnesota over the holidays. During my time there I had the pleasure of seeing my two young nephews, who miraculously grow more adorable with each visit. Every time I walk into my brother’s house the same exact thing happens: the elder of the two, Donald, runs […]

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Stacked Ranking: Bad for Microsoft, Good for Teachers?

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“One of the most valuable things I learned,” a Microsoft engineer told Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald regarding his tenure with the company, “was to give the appearance of being courteous while withholding just enough information from colleagues to ensure they didn’t get ahead of me in the rankings.”  The unnamed employee was interviewed for Eichenwald’s […]

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7 C’s and 10 Tips: The Benefits of Free Play, By The Numbers

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Here at CFI, we’ve written a lot about the important role of playtime in healthy childhood development.  Free play – i.e., unstructured play that doesn’t revolve around a set activity, depending instead on what the child wants to do – is like exercise for the imagination.  Mind Positive Parenting founder Dr. David Walsh has long […]

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