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The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Carol Dweck conducts leading-edge research into what makes children successful at school. She has determined that there are those who have a fixed mindset (intelligence is innate) and some that portray a growth mindset (achievement is based on effort and strategies). In this Scientific American article, she discusses both mindsets, how they impact learning at school and how to develop growth mindsets in children.

Five things I learned about raising boys"

The Washington Post published a short article about raising boys. Namely that they are very active and sensitive, they share their feelings more openly when doing something else, a good hug can be all they need and they need space to make their own mistakes.

The impact of praise on students' self-esteem and academic achievement

On November 3, The Sterling Institute hosted Louisa Jewell who spoke to the SHS community about positive psychology. Part of her presentation involved the discussion of Carol Dweck's work on the growth mindset. In this article, the writer interviews Carol to discover the impact that praise has on students' self-esteem, and therefore academic achievement.

Website that "levels" news stories

Leveled readers are important for younger learners so that they can learn to read independently without being frustrated. A new website offers news stories, drawn from such news sources as Scientific American and the Associated Press, in four different reading levels.

Does your child get enough sleep?

How much sleep does your child get per night? If it is eight hours or less, he may be at a greater risk of becoming overweight. Scientists have found a correlation between three risk factors (sleep duration, parental BMI and food restriction) and childhood obesity.

Physical activity boosts school performance

New research suggests that boys' academics may benefit from higher levels of physical activity. This study compliments what SHS does to increase the time boys spend being very active throughout the school day. In a research partnership between the University of Toronto and The Sterling Institute, it was found that Sterling Hall boys spend time being very active during recess, thus helping students to meet the requirement of 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day.

Singapore Math - Article on its benefits

The Sterling Hall School is entering its third year of Singapore Math instruction. It is interesting to note other CIS schools in the GTA as well using this approach to teach mathematics. The head of Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby explains the benefits of Singapore Math in the article, "Adam de Pencier: Excellence in Canadian math education - by way of Singapore."

Singapore Math - Video illustrating the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach

Dr. Yeap Ban Har explains the principles of the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach used in Singapore Math. It is a research-based method that describes the three steps a student must go through in order to develop a solid understanding of an abstract concept in math.

Positive Psychology - Video with SHS

Louisa Jewell, President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, recently visited Sterling Hall to speak with teachers and parents, sharing her wisdom on leveraging character strengths in children to help them build resiliency. Watch this video that the CPPA presented at its annual conference in July 2014.

The Science of the Good Life: How one school increased student happiness with one simple exercise

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