Teaching Kids How to Think

I came across an article on teaching kids how to think on the Farnam Street Blog and found it interesting.  Check out the full article here:

Here’s the book referenced in the article: How Children Succeed

An exercpt:

If you believe that your school’s mission or your job as a teacher is simply to convey information, then it probably doesn’t seem necessary to subject your students to that kind of rigorous self-analysis. But if you’re trying to help them change their character, then conveying information isn’t enough. And while Spiegel didn’t use the word character to describe what she was teaching, there was a remarkable amount of overlap between the strengths David Levin and Dominic Randolph emphasized and the skills that Spiegel tried to inculcate in her students. Every day, in the classroom and at tournaments, I saw Spiegel trying to teach her students grit, curiosity, self-control, and optimism.



Resources for Teaching Kids Programming

Here’s a great collection of resources for teaching kids programming.  The list is reproduced below, but the credit belongs to Arun Rajappa.  You can find a link to the original article here:

The Opinionated Picks
Books about Computing
Advanced Books on Computing
Books on Programming for Children

Offbeat pick: Manga Guide to Databases

Environments for Programming

Advanced pick: Processing

iPad or Android apps — Great to learn programming
MOOC / Courseware
Other games & tools

Pick of the games: Code and Conquer


Hacker Scouts / Curiosity Hacked

Hacker Scouts / Curiosity Hacked is a national non profit organization who’s goal is to promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, skill building and community engagement with the aspiration to help kids develop skills in the areas they are interested in and abilities that would allow them to dream big and create big.

Visit their website here:

Hacker Scouts / Curiosity Hacked

Hacker Scouts / Curiosity Hacked


Teach kids fractions with Legos

I forgot where I found this, but it’s a great idea: Teach kids fractions with Legos!

Teach kids math with Legos

Teach kids math with Legos.


The 14-year-old that built a fusion reactor

At 14-years-old Taylor Wilson became the youngest person to build a working fusion reactor. Where’d he build it? In his parents garage. Here’s his story in a short TED talk.


Teach a kid to think…

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

~ Margaret Mead


Malcom Gladwell explains prodigy


In this enlightening talk Malcom Gladwell tells us how we fundamentally misunderstand prodigy and how it hurts our kids.

As it turns out, true ‘giftedness’ is about working hard at something, not just natural intellectual or physical inclination. Early advantages tend to wear off, but hard work leads to long-term, sustained success in adulthood which is a thousand times more valuable than fleeting precocity.

Real giftedness is the ability to have enough passion and perseverance to focus and work hard at something over the long-term.