Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership, Stage 2: Active Processing

Three Rules to Spark Learning

If you're in the mood for a little inspiration this morning, take a peek at this 2013 Ted Talk from chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam. In it, he reminds us to not confuse technology use with innovation in education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsYHqfk0X2A Flipping your classroom, for instance, so that students watch video lectures at home rather than in… Continue reading Three Rules to Spark Learning

Stage 2: Active Processing

Throwback Thursday: Brain-based learning

Today's post tries to make sense of all the buzz around brain-based learning. John Medina has "12 Brain Rules" Mariale Haridman suggests "6 Brain Targets" Eric Jensen advocates "5 Schoolwide Success Factors" WKCD (What Kids Can Do) created the "Gr8 8 Rules of the Teenage Brain" If you have time, read them all! Here's a… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Brain-based learning

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Three rules for planning brain-friendly, joyful lessons

After a bit of reflection on joy and efficiency yesterday, I poked around a bit to figure out what neuroscience could teach me about the science of joy and learning. I found a great 2007 article in ASCD's Educational Leadership called "The Neuroscience of Joyful Education," by Judy Willis. Willis reports:  Cognitive psychology studies provide… Continue reading Three rules for planning brain-friendly, joyful lessons

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Emotional Coaching – The Key to Emotionally Healthy Children

How do we foster emotionally healthy children? Researcher Psychologist John Gottman found two categories of interactions with kids: Emotion Dismissers and Emotion Coaches. Emotion coaches DO FIVE THINGS:  Notice lower intensity emotions in self and kids. Kids don’t have to escalate to get noticed.  See these emotional moments as an opportunity for intimacy… Continue reading Emotional Coaching – The Key to Emotionally Healthy Children

Stage 2: Active Processing

Ready-to-go Resources for the Thinking Classroom

Everyone loves a printable!  Check out these two ready-to-go resources for active processing. 1. Choose Your Own Adventure Graphic Organizer Need a way to help kids process the relationship between ideas or concepts in your class?  Try asking students to choose which graphic organizer best fits those ideas.  Are you discussing two ideas that are… Continue reading Ready-to-go Resources for the Thinking Classroom

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Think about…how joy changes the brain

Yesterday we had a great guest post from teacher Laura McCarthy. Maybe it's because I'm 7 months pregnant but I actually teared up while reading her field trip story... Laura says: "Creating a joyful classroom instills a passion for learning and establishes a comfort with exploring the unknown. When children are happy, when they feel… Continue reading Think about…how joy changes the brain

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Try this: brain-building brag board

The first step in school transformation is building an adult culture of continuous learning, questioning assumptions, systems thinking and change leadership. The next step is building a positive psychological and intellectually stimulating environment with the students. In a recent study of low-achieving high school students, researcher Lisa Blackwell split students into two groups. One group… Continue reading Try this: brain-building brag board

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Trending: Student engagement

The growing body of research around student engagement reveals that we should be considering this factor far more than we currently do. In Eric Jensen's new book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, he informs us that: There is a strong correlation between engagement levels and achievement levels. For every 2% that disengagement rises, test… Continue reading Trending: Student engagement

News and Trends, Stage 2: Active Processing

Trending: Brain-based Learning

Is it just us or does it feel like everyone is talking about the brain lately? Today's post tries to make sense of all the buzz. John Medina has "12 Brain Rules" Mariale Haridman suggests "6 Brain Targets" Eric Jensen advocates "5 Schoolwide Success Factors" WKCD (What Kids Can Do) created the "Gr8 8 Rules… Continue reading Trending: Brain-based Learning