Yearly Archives: 2015

The Problem with Believing in Innate Talent

“It’s OK, some people just aren’t good at math”. We’ve all heard this before. In fact, some of us have probably even thought it about ourselves (“I’m just not a math person”, “I’ve just never been great at spelling”). But

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Do metaphors make learning a piece of cake?

At first glance, metaphor and science might seem to inhabit opposite ends of the things-we-learn-in-school continuum. We usually learn about metaphor through lessons on works like Langston Hughes’s Life ain’t been no crystal stair, and we associate science with topics

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Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids by Denise Pope, Maureen Brown and Sarah Miles

Many middle and high school students are exhausted, stressed, tempted by maladaptive behaviors, and not necessarily optimally prepared for adulthood. Challenge Success is an organization that addresses these issues by advising schools about best practices for improving learning, supporting social emotional

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Meta-Learning: The Importance of Thinking about Thinking

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”1  The Issue When we think about what we teach our students, the first thing that comes to

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Family Matters: Do Obligations Encourage Teens to Play it Safe?

The teenage years have long been described as a period of “storm and stress.” It’s a time for parental clashes, moodiness, risky behaviors, and a lot of cringe-worthy confessional songwriting. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Teen angst

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MEDIA ADVISORY October 26, 2015 Contact: Kristin Dunay (781)-449-4010 x 104 [email protected] THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER: USING BRAIN SCIENCE TO RAISE STUDENT SELF-REGULATION, RESILIENCE AND RESPECT WHAT: Researchers have found that we can use the brain’s neuroplasticity to train character

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Mindfulness in the Classroom: What’s All the Buzz About?

“Mindfulness” is a buzzword popping up everywhere from the New York Times, prestigious science and education journals, to grade school and university curriculum. Headlines offer intriguing statements like, “Mindfulness meditation may have positive effects on stress, anxiety, and reshape the

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How to Recognize PTSD in the Classroom… And Why it Matters

I recently watched a Ted Talk1 by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris where she addressed the effects of childhood trauma on health. Her 16 minute talk discussed how trauma leads to higher risks of heart disease, early death, and even lung cancer.

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Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform our Schools by Ron Ritchhart

Do your schools and learning communities promote curiosity, innovation, collaboration, empathy, determination, and analytic thinking? Ron Ritchhart, a senior research associate at Harvard Project Zero and a fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia, argues that although these are

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The Difference Between Science and Science-Sounding Solutions

From the moment a child is born (and in some cases even before), their environment and experiences will have an impact on his or her brain. Equipped with our many senses and associated sensory organs, our dynamic perceptual systems help

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