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  • 7 Ways You Can Prevent Or Reduce the Effects of Cognitive Decline

    When our thinking and memory capacity becomes diminished (by a stroke, trauma, aging or Alzheimer’s) we begin to lose our sense of self and we frustrate those around us. The good news is that there are some well-researched approaches that can make dramatic differences in brain health. The first thing you can do is…

  • Murder Mysteries and the End of the School Year?

    What Do Murder Mysteries Have to Do with the End of the School Year? Whether your school year ends in May, June (or even December for those in other countries), this article is for you. I have only a few TV favorites, but I must admit, when I re-checked the range of shows I watch, […]

  • Stress And Gratitude: Connecting With Student Achievement

    What Do Stress And Gratitude Have In Common? How Do They Connect With Student Achievement? These days, it’s a challenge to manage your own stressors. In men, increased blood flow to the left orbitofrontal cortex suggests activation of the “fight, freeze or flight” response. In women, stress activated the limbic system, which is associated with […]

  • Influencing Student Mental and Emotional States

    If you’ve been to at least one of my workshops, you know how much I emphasize the value of managing student states. Here is what you can do at your school: First, foster meaningful relationships with tribes, clubs, committees, partner work, teams and mentors. Then cultivate these strengths over time. After about 4-6 weeks, it’s […]

  • Brain-Based Teaching with Movement and Control

    There are three ways educators can reduce the effects of chronic stress or acute stress on kids. One is reduce your student’s capacity to deal with stress (somewhat difficult to do, but it can be done). This approach means strengthening time with the arts, positive social contacts, community building, conflict resolution skills, and social skills. […]

  • Brain-Based Teaching Example – Framing

    Applications and Contributions of Emotions As you work with others, framing is the “spin” you put on things. I call it an intentional bias. We all have our biases, but framing is very intentional. For example, you can say, “This last quiz was a disaster. One in five completely failed it. If we don’t ensure […]

  • Brain-based Teaching to Enhance Memory

    The secret to effective brain-based teaching in the classroom using reviews is this: Review is best for retrieval when done about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way towards the exam. If the test is Friday, learn it Monday, review on Wednesday. If the test is in one hour, learn it ASAP, review it in 20-30 […]

  • Brain-Based Teaching Applications and Contributions

    Here’s what to do and why you should do it. Brain-Based Teaching Says… At your school, or at least in your classroom, do a social status inventory. From the student’s point of view, here’s what goes through their brain: 1) “Am I safe at school?” 2) “Do I belong or fit in with others?” 3) […]