5 articles I loved this week. (Weekly Smart Picks #29)

Each week, I share five of the most interesting articles I have read about education, parenting, and technology. Enjoy!

Image Source: Outside Magazine

Image Source: Outside Magazine

Curious about "unschooling"?

Unschooling, which is different than homeschooling, has become an increasingly popular choice in the US. This account of one family's experience tries to make the case for such a choice, and this article looks at how unschooled students turn out in the long term.

 

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The many benefits of family dinners.

recent study shows that eating dinner as a family may protect against some of the negative effects of being bullied.

 

 

Image Source: New York Times

Image Source: New York Times

A medicine-free way to address ADHD.

In order for educators to encourage kids diagnosed with ADHD to "sit still," or perform significantly better on tests, they may want to consider getting active first (and keeping those P.E. classes that are frequently cut).

     

     

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    Image Source: Bored Panda

    Whoa, talk about perspective...

    Have you seen this article about 25 of the most dangerous and unusual journeys to school in the world? Unbelievable, and really puts the importance of education into stark perspective for us.

     

     

    Image Source: New York Times

    Image Source: New York Times

    Just call them comics.

    That's what Françoise Mouly of TOON books, has to say about graphic novels in this recent NYT feature. She and TOON are helping teachers and parents alike embrace the power of the comic. 

     

     

    BONUS! Boost your child's IQ by 6 points in 30 minutes.

    In my Zoobean Expert on Air interview with Jason Boog, author of Born Reading: Raising Bookworms in a Digital Age, we discuss simple tweaks parents can make at story time to make reading together more interactive and impactful (and fun!). Here's a recap of our talk.