Yearly Archives: 2015

Yes, It’s Important that Your Students like You

It’s an age old debate. Does it matter if your students like you? Ask any teacher, anywhere, and you will most likely get answers split down the middle. In Aaron Podolner’s book, “How Would You Handle It: Hundreds of Answers



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Should the rise in preterm birth impact education?

The Increase in Preterm Survival Rates Preterm birth is on the rise. According the World Health Organization (WHO)1, preterm birth is defined as any birth occurring prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy, or fewer than 259 days since the mother’s



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The Science Of Homework: Why Timing is Everything

A previous article argued, paradoxically, that remembering can cause forgetting. Today’s entry reverses the paradox: forgetting, you see, benefits remembering. You read that right: if you want to remember, it helps to forget. Let me explain. Today in class, I



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Bilingualism & the Brain: The Lifelong Benefits of Juggling Languages

Our world is becoming increasingly globalized. This interconnectedness grants us access to languages of countries we have never been to. Through the migration of people, languages have also migrated to places they never existed even ten years ago, and many



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Practice Mindfulness to Teach Mindfulness

To teach math through a problem like the one below, an effective math teacher would first try the problem herself. “It’s June 1st, and you’ve begun receiving an allowance of $8 dollars on the first of each month. You’ve had



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The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood by Susan Engel

How might we encourage more curiosity among young people and particularly among those with lower levels of curiosity? How might we make their minds intellectually hungry? Susan Engel, a senior lecturer in psychology and the director of the program in



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“Explain Yourself”: A powerful strategy for teaching children cause-and-effect

Want to help kids learn? Ask them to explain what they are learning in their own words! New research1 has found that when children are asked to come up with explanations (even just to themselves) while learning, they are able



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Giving Back: Can pro-social behavior be self-protective?

Humans are social beings, and we need others: Celebrating the good and coping with the bad is hard without friends and family. A loss of interest in social activities can be a sign of depression and mental illness. And social



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Developing the Social Brain: Insights from the Science of Adolescence

Adolescence is the period between childhood and adulthood that largely coincides with the years of secondary schooling. This stage of life is characterized by many cognitive changes. One such change is in social signal sensitivity. Recent research has provided evidence



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Learning & the Brain® Presented the “2015 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award” at Its Educational Conference in Boston on Sunday

Learning & the Brain presented Dr. Fumiko Hoeft from the University of California, San Francisco with the “2015 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award” for her contributions to bridging the gap between brain research and classroom practice during the Learning &



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