Early Brain Science and What We Do About It: Starting Off on the Wrong Foot

The brain is an incredible machine with immense potential. When we are born, our brains are wired to learn from, and adapt to, our environment. Given what we know about the brain’s unique malleability in the first years of life,


MEDIA ADVISORY January 30, 2017   Contact: Kristin Dunay (781)-449-4010 x 104   THE SCIENCE OF HOW WE LEARN: ENGAGING MEMORY, MOTIVATION, MINDSETS, MAKING AND MASTERY WHAT: Next month, a distinguished group of cognitive scientists, psychologists and innovative educators will


Executive Function: More Than Meets the Eye

Executive functioning (EF) is a burgeoning research area for psychologists, neuroscientists, and educators. For some, EF might seem like the cognitive science flavor of the week. But for others, its study is uncovering a significant piece of the puzzle for


Bilingual Advantage: Efficient Processing

Recently, I linked to a study suggesting potential downsides to bilingualism: in at least this one study, bilingual students were less successful with metacognition than monolingual students. In that post, I noted that this one detriment doesn’t mean that bilinguals

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The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs by Thomas R. Hoerr

“Who you are is more important than what you know.” This principle forms the basis of The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs. Author Thomas R. Hoerr, who served as the head of the


“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.”― W. Edwards Deming

Data Informed Instruction Early Steps There are a few key steps to effectively incorporating MBE (Mind, Brain & Education) ideas and concepts into one’s daily teaching routine. The first key is the low hanging fruit, namely, educating oneself on the


Interactive Teaching at Harvard

Harvard’s Initiative for Teaching and Learning has posted videos of their most recent conference. The topic: interactivity. As you listen to these Harvard professors, you might find yourself thinking: their students, and their teaching problems, sound a lot like my students


It Ain’t What You Know, It’s…Oh, No, Sorry, It IS What You Know

I sense that the tide is beginning to turn on the knowledge-versus-skills debate, ‘21st Century’ or otherwise. There is an increasingly confident voice shouting a phrase that teachers have shouted for the few thousands of years that there have been


Puzzled by Adolescents? Or, by Adolescence?

Let Sarah-Jayne Blakemore sort it all out for you in this introductory Ted Talk from 2012.


Does Size Matter?

Is a man’s amygdala larger than a woman’s? And: why does it matter? The amygdala is central to neural networks that process strong negative emotions: especially fear and anger. Because psychological studies have shown gender differences in the expression of