Academic Excellence

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  • Sports and activity helps kids learn

Play Sports, Get Better Grades


Students who participate in sports dedicate a substantial portion of their time to practice and competition. At first glance, it may seem as if sports distracts or even hurts academic performance. However, studies show that the opposite is true. Physical Exercise Increases Brain Function The exercise a player exerts as an athlete increases brain functionality. This fosters an improved mood, greater clarity in studies, and higher academic performance. Further, committing to a team and [...]

  • Environmental factors make you smarter

Environmental Factors Determine Intelligence


Motherly Life Notes Environmental factors such as school and out-of-school activities influence intelligence during all stages of child development, from prenatal care to college and beyond. What Is Intelligence and IQ? Intelligence is the process of being able to reason, plan and solve problems. It involves understanding ideas, learning, and applying knowledge to new situations. Measurement of Intelligence Intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a measurement that provides a way to evaluate one individual's [...]

  • Manage emotions and do better in school

Manage Emotions, Do Better in School


Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage emotions. Students with higher emotional intelligence skills achieve better grades and standardized test scores compared with their peers who score lower in emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence Skills and Benefits Emotional intelligence includes understanding human motivation, emotion, and being able to recognize how others are feeling. These skills support the ability to learn academic subject matter such as history, social studies, and language arts. For example, [...]

What Can Be Done About the Pandemic’s Detrimental Effect On Learning?


Motherly Life Notes The WSJ reports on studies by brain scientists, psychiatrists, educators and economists researching how children have been affected by learning loss as a result of school closures in 2020-2021. During the first 21 months of the pandemic, schools were closed for an average of 224 days. More than 1.6 billion, approximately 80%, of all school-aged children globally missed a significant amount of class time. Academic and Health Consequences One study [...]

Samsung’s Citizenship Programs Guides Students To Become Leaders


This post summarizes various STEM-based opportunities for kids, organized and offered by Samsung. The company's Global Corporate Social Responsibility programs help guide students to become future innovators and leaders for improving societal issues. The Solve for Tomorrow program highlighted below gives opportunities to students in public middle and high schools across the country. Parents who are interested in getting their kids involved should work with their children's teachers to register. Samsung Global [...]

  • Media and children

Principals Concerned by Increasing Screen Time


Screen Time Robs Children of Time with Peers and Parents Time spent with screens takes away from time interacting directly with peers, teachers, and parents. It impacts a multitude of behaviors. Children don't learn how to sit still without some form of entertainment. They don't develop strong peer communication skills and have trouble interacting with teachers and tutors. Moreover, students who spend too much time on digital devices lack enough sleep and arrive to [...]

Characteristics of Success