Monthly Archives: December 2017

Intentional Innovation: How to Guide Risk-Taking, Build Creative Capacity, and Lead Change by A.J. Juliani

How can educators prepare students for an uncertain future? A.J. Juliani, a former middle and high school teacher, education consultant, author, and the current director of technology and innovation for Centennial School District, tackles this question by offering practical and



Posted in Book Reviews | Leave a comment

Diagnosing ADHD with MRI

How do we know if a student has ADHD? Typically, we observe behavior. To what degree is the student inattentive? (That’s one kind of ADHD.) To what degree is s/he hyperactive? (That’s another type.) Perhaps the student demonstrates both kinds



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Highlighting Retrieval Practice

The Effortful Educator describes his fun system for using highlighters during retrieval practice. He teaches AP Psychology in high school, but I suspect this system could be easily used with younger students as well. EE’s lesson plan stands out for two



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged , | Leave a comment

God on the Brain

What’s happening in your brain when you contemplate religious experience? Over at Brainblogger, Viatcheslav Wlassoff contemplates the tricky subject of neurotheology.



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment

Advice for College Students

This brief (and admirably clear) article offers guidance to college students on the study strategies that have research support — and, helpfully, those that don’t. The authors offer a few sources to verify their claims, explain why some counter-intuitive strategies work



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Bilingual Preschoolers and Self-Control

If you can speak two or more languages, you’re likely to have some real advantages in life. For starters, you can talk easily with lots more people, and turn off the subtitles on more movies. Are there cognitive benefits to



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Beyond Mere “Memory”

Newcomers to the field of psychology and neuroscience often want to learn as much as they can about a student’s memory system. After all: when students learn something new, that means their memory has changed. So, if we know how



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Autonomy and Motivation

Self-determination theory, developed by Edward Deci & Richard Ryan, argues that people are motivated by a desire for three things: autonomy, relatedness, and competence. (Here‘s a handy place to brush up on self-determination theory.) This theory suggests that teachers can



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment

Brain Training and Dementia

When you see claims for an exciting new brain training finding (the headline crows “Dementia Breakthrough? Brain training game ‘significantly reduces risk’ “), you can expect to see the skeptics respond very quickly. As the Guardian reports, the study didn’t



Posted in L&B Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment