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The psychology behind number processing

"5", "five" and "*****" are just the same, aren't they? Well, not exactly: while these symbolic and non-symbolic notations refer to the same magnitude, our brain processes the digit "5", the word "five" and the dot configuration differently. Mila Marinova looks into the psychology behind number processing. Such knowledge can help to make learning mathematics easier for children.
Pancorbo Valdivia

Coaching adolescents to develop skills for their life

"Sometimes I worry so much about my exams that I get physically ill." Some adolescents struggle with their emotions in stressful situations. Gina Pancorbo Valdivia wants to help them. In her research she develops a tool to help teachers and students to know how to assess and learn skills that will help them to overcome social and emotional challenges in their daily life.

Let students examine the past themselves

History is more than just a series of facts and events. It is also a science that critically examines the past. The research methods used by historians for this purpose are still very useful today. They can help to distinguish real news from fake news.
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How to get your school moving

Children should exercise about 60 minutes a day, but figures show that children in Belgium do not meet that standard. Rosalie Coolkens wants to use schools to help children reach that recommended hour of exercise.

What does a starting teacher struggle with?

Did you now that one in five starting teachers will leave education within five years. To help them, Sofie Michels and her colleagues developed "Startkracht", a support tool for beginning primary school teachers.

Working together and chatting for stronger education

Co- and teamteaching can be a real added value in education. However, this is not always a success: everything depends on good communication between co-teachers. That is what Mieke Meirsschaut tries to foster - in corona-free times- with amongst other her chat cards.

The risk of playing too safe

What do you do when you see a toddler walking around with scissors? Do you panic? Do you get angry? Do you take them off immediately? It's tempting to intervene immediately in such a situation. But no matter how well you mean it, you do deprive a toddler of the opportunity to learn to deal with risks on his or her own.

How can we teach student-teachers to deal with aggressive behavior in class?

"You're a bad teacher and your class is absolute bullsh*t!". Novice teachers often do not know how to deal with this type of verbal-aggressive behavior, partly because it is not yet sufficiently addressed in their training. To tackle this, Delphine Franco is working on a solution.
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Is self-knowledge the beginning of all math nodes?

Elien Bellon tries to find out how we can help children calculate better without letting them repeat math tables over and over again. Does the solution come from Socrates, who states that "true knowledge is to know oneself"?