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Oct05

Robby’s New Laboratory. What are Variables in Coding?

Robby’s New Laboratory. What are Variables in Coding?

New Activity in Smartick Coding: The Laboratory Robby is very excited because he has just launched the laboratory! It is a new activity during Coding sessions, the Smartick tool for children to learn programming through playing. Robby’s laboratory is a new environment to teach concepts like the use of variables, input and output, and types […]

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Jun05

When an Unexpected Lockdown Disrupts Normalcy, Smartick Saves the Day

Homeschooling Help During Lockdown and Beyond Navigating homeschooling during the lockdown is just plain difficult. Parents say they often find themselves running out of ideas. Frustrations mount and some children may flounder with too much time on their hands. Establishing good routines is crucial for maintaining a sense of normalcy and purpose during this time. […]

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May25

Why Do Children Believe That Things Happen?

Why Do Children Believe That Things Happen?

Everything Happens for a Reason We have all heard or given an irrational, or teleological, explanation about why something happens. This rings true, for example, if you’ve ever thought, ”We crossed paths today because it was fate – I had to see you.” Children have been known to be more likely to give in and […]

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May19

Is Self-Control Linked to Health?

Is Self-Control Linked to Health?

  Intuitively we all know that the ability to control our behavior, thoughts, and emotions is very important in order to experience a fulfilling and successful life. In today’s society, these skills become essential because of the growing number of distractions and stimulations. Therefore it becomes necessary to have a good system of self-control that allows […]

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May14

The Positive Aspects of ADHD

The Positive Aspects of ADHD

Today, a great deal of information about ADHD is available. A considerable amount has been written about the difficulties and peculiarities presented by people with ADHD at an academic, familial, or social level. However, very little information has touched upon the positive aspects of ADHD.Upon researching this topic of the subject I have found that, […]

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May11

Diagnostic Questions in Mathematics Education

Diagnostic Questions in Mathematics Education

We will continue reflecting on Craig Barton’s book How I Wish I’d Taught Maths on the Smartick blog. Today, we will address the topic of diagnostic questions in mathematics education. Diagnostic Teaching Diagnostic teaching has a long tradition in mathematics education. This approach to teaching mathematics was initially developed in the 1980s, at the University […]

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May07

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Learning From Mistakes In the past, teaching methodologies did not consider the possibility that the student would have to go through a period of making mistakes in order to learn something. This is because it was believed that making a mistake was equivalent to learning. Since the middle of the last century, things have changed. […]

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