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Month: January 2017

Why kids can learn more from tales of fantasy than realism

Originally posted on M.C. Tuggle, Writer:
Deena Weisberg is a senior fellow in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialty is “imaginative cognition,” which studies how imagination boosts one’s ability to learn. Her research demonstrates that children absorb new material taught in the context of a fanciful scenario better than they do when it’s presented in more realistic terms. In a recent edition of Aeon, she challenges herself with a question she’s grappled with before: Why do fantastical stories stimulate learning? What can be going on? Perhaps children…

Back to Nature

Originally posted on NordicLike:
The peoples of the North have a long history of communing with nature, whether by building homes or ships from wood, whether by hunting game for food or clothing, or whether by tilling the soil to grow crops. The Sami people of the northern edge of Norway and Finland survived the cold climate by using the reindeer for transportation, food and clothing; the Inuit people of Greenland built homes of ice and hunted the seal for food, oil and clothing; and the Vikings cut down trees…

New Year and ?

Again. Again. A new year. Starting over. Starting afresh. Such pressure. Such possibilities. This year, though, is different. It feels different to me. For many reasons: New President (and a lot of unknowns) which pushes me to re-think my own habits, patterns and expectations. Our quest for hope with Obama the last eight years may very well turn into a sense of fear the next four years. And I refuse to feel fear. I want to stand up tall to my own fears, so I can stand up tall to… Read more New Year and ?