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How Preschool Teachers Leverage Student Curiosity into Early STEM Exploration

MindShift - 20 hours 28 min ago
Preschool students aren't too young to begin exploring their curiosity through play-based STEM activities.

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University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 6/23/19

Turfgrass Science News - June 23, 2019 - 8:31pm

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have three articles, several podcasts and two public outreach events.

Assessment of rhizomatous growth in strong creeping red fescue for sustainable sod

Turfgrass Science News - June 20, 2019 - 10:39am

By Nicole Mihelich

Rhizomes are an important physiological feature for many turfgrasses, and thus may be a trait deserving of more focus to cool-season turfgrass breeding and improvement. These specialized stems can store sugars, water, and nutrients, allowing for resilience and competitiveness when filing in a lawn, and also when facing seasonal temperature and moisture variation and environmental stresses. Additionally, formation and interlocking of rhizomes is thought to be helpful when harvesting and transplanting thick mats of vegetation in sod production.

Helping Preschoolers Build Self-Regulation Skills That Are The Foundation Of Success

MindShift - June 20, 2019 - 1:02am
Preschool is a crucial time to build young children's prosocial and self-regulation skills, in addition to academic preparedness.

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Different ways to visualize herbicide stress

Turfgrass Science News - June 17, 2019 - 9:56am

By Dominic Petrella

Most golf course putting greens in Minnesota are comprised of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass, but other turfgrass species may be suitable alternatives.  The University of Minnesota turf research program has investigated the use of fine fescue grasses on putting greens, as these are seen as a low-input option compared to creeping bentgrass putting greens.  However, under certain circumstances, a greater amount of inputs may be required, such as herbicide to control weeds that may diminish the low-input attribute.

How Building in Time for Exam Review Supports Advances in Student Learning

MindShift - June 17, 2019 - 1:12am
Essays, tests and final projects are often the culmination of learning. But English teacher Kendal Rolley says they can be valuable teaching tools, too.

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Concrete Ways To Help Students Self-Regulate And Prioritize Work

MindShift - June 13, 2019 - 2:37am
When teachers model self-regulation and executive function skills throughout the school day to helps students productively manage their emotions and time.

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Getting Physical: How the Flagway Game Sparks Learning and Love of Math

MindShift - June 11, 2019 - 1:25am
Flagway is a game designed for kids who have self-doubt about their math skills, enjoy being physical and are in need something way different than worksheets.

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8 Student-Made Podcasts That Made Us Smile

MindShift - June 10, 2019 - 1:20am
NPR received thousands of entries to its Student Podcast Challenge. These standout podcasts reminded us what it's like to be in middle and high school.

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Desperation And Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students Or Lock Them In Rooms

MindShift - June 6, 2019 - 1:49am
Restraint and seclusion are controversial practices in public schools. They are most often used on students with disabilities, and parents say they take an emotional toll.

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‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey

MindShift - June 6, 2019 - 1:31am
Schools can be hesitant to screen students for mental health issues if school resources aren't available for follow-up care. But one district found ways to work with community organizations and...

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Strategies Schools Can Use To Become More Trauma-Informed

MindShift - June 3, 2019 - 12:31am
Becoming a trauma-informed school means recognizing students come to school with a variety of experiences, some of which will negatively affect their learning and behavior. These strategies can help...

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Grad student James Wolfin in Star Tribune article

Turfgrass Science News - May 30, 2019 - 8:55am

Graduate student James Wolfin was recently featured in a StarTribune article where he discusses how homeowners can have lawns, but still provide nectar resources for pollinators.

Is ‘Gaming Disorder’ An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases

MindShift - May 30, 2019 - 1:51am
For the first time, the World Health Organization will list "gaming disorder" as a behavioral addiction, a controversial move for some.

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College Students (And Their Parents) Face A Campus Mental Health ‘Epidemic’

MindShift - May 29, 2019 - 12:57am
Anthony Rostain and B. Janet Hibbs say college students today face an "inordinate amount of anxiety" — but parents can help their kids cope. Their book is The Stressed Years of Their Lives.

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Playing Teen Sports May Protect From Some Damages Of Childhood Trauma

MindShift - May 29, 2019 - 12:45am
For teens who've experienced childhood trauma, playing team sports may help them avoid depression and anxiety later in life. But the cost of teen sports puts them out of reach for many could benefit.

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Bee lawn article in Washington Post

Turfgrass Science News - May 28, 2019 - 12:23pm

Graduate student James Wolfin was recently featured in an article in the Washington Post. It has highlights from his research on bee lawns, a joint project from The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science team and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.

Going for Depth: How Schools and Teachers Can Foster Meaningful Learning Experiences

MindShift - May 28, 2019 - 12:59am
After visiting 30 schools and interviewing 300 people, authors Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine have narrowed in on important qualities teachers and schools cultivate that engage students to learn.

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What’s Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health

MindShift - May 25, 2019 - 11:17am
Researchers found that people who did not have a strong life purpose were more likely to die than those who did — specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.

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What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

MindShift - May 24, 2019 - 3:10am
Kids have constant discussions about what's fair and right. Ethics education can help make youths have a framework for deepening one's understanding of the issues and developing empathy for other...

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