This month, many organizations in the United States and abroad are celebrating women working in, and making a difference in STEM-related fields. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The skills gained through these subjects are desirable across industries and necessary to compete in today's workforce and careers of the future.
What's a parent to do if their child's latest "excuse" for using his/her cell phone is "but I need it for homework?" With all of the articles, blogs (even this one), and websites dedicated to the use of mobile and digital technology, it is easy for a parent to throw their hands up and either have no technology boundaries or very tight ones. What is a reasonable amount of time to have access to technology at home? At school? Even schools vary in their philosophy and guidelines for student use. So what makes sense?
All parents know it is important to feed their children breakfast and lunch so they can do their very best at school. Growling stomachs can interrupt learning! But it is important to note that it's not just important to feed children, but to be intentional about choosing foods that will help them learn, focus, and concentrate. Foods full of sugar and unhealthy fats can cause children to swing between hyper and sluggish.
Individuals learn and interact in different ways, and participation in a variety of art disciplines can provide additional pathways to learning complex concepts.
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development is a comprehensive, decades-long research piece backing the benefits of art in learning environments. This excellent guide incorporates data from worldwide studies correlating artistic involvement and academic, social, and developmental success through dance, drama, visual arts and music. A summary published by the study's key sponsors, states that "increased years of enrollment in arts courses positively correlated with higher SAT verbal and math scores."