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BS Communicative Disorders & BA Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. Master’s in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá– Instituto Franklin. She has worked as a teacher in three different countries and is now a Translator on the Content Creation Team at Smartick and helps to adapt content for blog posts. As a native Rhode Islander she loves any activity on the water and when she’s not working you can find her traveling, kickboxing, or trying out a new recipe.

Jan09

The Importance of Learning from Mistakes

The Importance of Learning from Mistakes

Nowadays, mistakes are not accepted easily and are occasionally over penalized. Sometimes school assessments focus more on failures than on learning. I see it often with some children. The fear of making a mistake paralyzes them so much that they avoid participating in class for fear of making a mistake.  Despite phrases like ”we learn […]

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Jan02

Homeschooling or Education Otherwise with Smartick

Homeschooling or Education Otherwise with Smartick

“Home education, homeschooling, and education otherwise”  are terms that refer to education at home. A form of school that develops at home within a family. This is an educational option that is practiced in many countries, mainly those in Europe, the Americas or Australia where it is more accepted and legislated. However, there are countries […]

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Dec06

Learning by Playing Videogames

Learning by Playing Videogames

Within Neurodidactics, an important discipline to lay the proper groundwork for new forms of education, there are five basic ideas. Neurodidactics Basics Learning is fun. Learning is spontaneous, without guided instruction. It is most effective when the sensitive phases are respected. Children learn the skills needed for learning more easily when they are younger. Digital […]

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Nov22

Coping with Hyper-Parenting in Today’s Society

Coping with Hyper-Parenting in Today’s Society

Hyper-parenting is a phenomenon that is growing more and more common in today’s society. Helicopter parents, tiger moms… these are just a few of the phrases used to refer to overprotective parents whose actions generate more negative consequences than benefits in their children. Many studies have shown that rebellious attitudes in today’s teenagers are a […]

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Nov14

The Role of Grandparents in Their Grandchildren’s Education

The Role of Grandparents in Their Grandchildren’s Education

Sharing Experiences In almost all cultures, grandparents are the transmitters of experience and wisdom through oral tradition and affection. They unify the family environment and are spokespersons for the family’s heritage, as well as the cultural and traditional aspects of their ancestors. They are very important figures within a child’s environment, providing them with security […]

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Nov08

10 Tips to Help Children Do Homework Independently

10 Tips to Help Children Do Homework Independently

At Smartick, where we insist that children complete their 15-minute sessions independently, we have wanted to make a helpful list to prevent parents from losing the entire afternoon to homework. 10 Tips to Help Children Do Homework Independently A specific place to do homework: It is not about all of us having a beautiful library […]

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Oct11

Frustration and Failure as Instruments of Education

Frustration and Failure as Instruments of Education

Various scientific studies, such as those by Walter Mischel, Martin Seligman, and Angela Duckworth, among others, confirm that cognitive ability, measured by IQ, is not a reliable indicator of success and achievements that help us to have a happier life or greater academic and social success. Things like a professional career, stable family life, not […]

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Sep27

Using Perseverance and Discipline to Reach Your Goals

Using Perseverance and Discipline to Reach Your Goals

The human brain is made up of neurons which are cells specifically belonging to our central nervous system. Neurons connect to each other through synapses that allow for information to be exchanged between them. When we learn something new it establishes a new connection between neurons and each time we go over that again, the […]

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Sep19

How to Help Our Children with Their Homework

How to Help Our Children with Their Homework

  We live at 200 miles per hour. Between children, work, home life, cooking meals, a social life, and then the activities, plans, and tasks that fill up our agendas, we are surviving day to day. But when the dust settles and we get home, we are faced with homework! How can I help my […]

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Sep13

10 Steps to Introduce Routines to Kids

10 Steps to Introduce Routines to Kids

The Austrian psychiatrist and educator, Rudolf Driekurs, speaks about routines in one of his books and says that ”Routine is to a child what walls are to a house: it gives boundaries and dimensions to his life. No child feels comfortable in a situation in which he doesn’t know exactly what to expect. Routine gives […]

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