Why children need questions to be asked
The seed of learning lies in questions, asked by parents as well as children
By Dr Clifton Chadwick, Special to Gulf News
Published: 07:00 December 23, 2012
Last week, we looked at initial cognitive strategies: attention, repetition, and paraphrasing, leading up to the use of questions, which is the main subject of this week’s article. Children naturally ask questions, from a very early age. This begins at home, long before they go to school. Parents play a major role in developing the use of questions as a cognitive learning strategy and as the first step in the process of critical thinking.

There are many variations on how to ask, and answer, questions. The first thing a parent should think about is the purpose of the question: why are you asking it? There are four general levels of responses you will be looking for. Read More... 

How to make a child think critically
The best strategies to help your children better
Dr Clifton chadwick special to gulf news
Published: 07:00 December 16, 2012
Last week, we explained that all learning should have structure and the organisation of information should be as close to the reality of the subject as possible. We then introduced the ways through which learning can be made much more effective and efficient: cognitive strategies.

This week, we will examine some of the initial learning strategies you can easily teach to your children at home to help them learn better and faster.

Attention strategies; How to enable children to pay attention to what they are being taught Read More... 

The strategies of metacognition
A child should assess what she is learning
By Dr Clifton Chadwick Special to Gulf News

Published: 07:00 January 20, 2013
Organising ideas in groups or chunks

When your child is using grouping, chunking and selective combination to learn, you will want to remind her to pay attention to the techniques she is using to learn. Metacognitive questions should include things like,

On what basis are you organizing the concepts? Part, whole, class, chain?

Do you have enough information to organize the ideas in the way you are trying to do so?  Read More... 

Children are resilient in coping with trauma
To help, parents will have to follow their child’s lead. Grilling a child isn’t good, experts say

Published: 17:00 January 4, 2013
They might not want to talk about the gunshots or the screams. But their toys might start getting into imaginary shootouts.

Last month’s school shooting in Connecticut raises the question: What will be the psychological fallout for the children who survived?

For people of any age, regaining a sense of security after surviving violence can take a long time. They’re at risk for lingering anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder.

But after the grief and fear fades, psychiatrists say most of Newtown’s young survivors probably will cope without long-term emotional problems.  Read More... 

McGraw-Hill sells education division to Apollo
McGraw-Hill will receive $250 million in Apollo debt with an annual interest rate of 8.5 per cent

Published: 12:37 November 27, 2012
New York: McGraw-Hill said on Monday that it reached a deal to sell its education arm to private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC for $2.5 billion in cash and debt, as part of its plan to focus on its financial information businesses.

As part of the deal, McGraw-Hill will receive $250 million in Apollo debt with an annual interest rate of 8.5 percent. The acquisition includes the New York-based company’s digital and traditional textbook business and other assets.

The sale is expected to close in late 2012 or early 2013. At that time, The New York-based McGraw-Hill Cos. will be renamed McGraw Hill Financial. Harold McGraw III, McGraw-Hill’s current chairman, president and CEO, will head that company. Read More...