Article from Scientific Learning
If you have a student who simply doesn’t respond well to your directions, listen up.
The student may have weak working memory, a skill that cognition experts say we should be increasingly concerned about because it’s a leading predictor of poor academic success. Eric Jensen, Ph.D., an educator, author and human development specialist who studies brain cognition, says students who appear not to be trying hard enough may see dramatic improvement when we focus on cognitive skills.
Educators, he says, can actually improve cognitive capacity, specifically, working memory and even IQ by using relevant teaching strategies. “DNA is not your destiny”, he adds, saying that students from poverty do not need to repeat their parents’ lack of educational success. (more…)
Can mindsets be changed? This post explores what initiates and changes our mindsets. But first, do you know anyone whose mindset you would like to change? I will bet you do! I have three solutions for you… (more…)
In Eric Jensen’s latest book, you’ll discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty. Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes.
In teaching, you have to believe that every single student can improve a great deal and that you’re willing and able to make it happen. You have to believe that you are the biggest difference maker in each student’s life.” —Poor Students, Rich Teaching
Education reform has been a hot topic in recent years, and leaders across the political spectrum have championed measures such as increased testing and results-based evaluation of teachers and school districts. But one of the most pervasive problems affecting public schools is rarely discussed as an education issue at all. With the recent news that a majority of K-12 students in the Southern and Western United States now live in low-income households, it is time to take a serious look at how poverty affects education.
For Poverty Awareness Month, Scientific Learning has compiled facts about poverty… Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about poverty and its impact on children in our schools: Click here to read more.
Why 8.5% is a Great, Gutsy, and Gaudy Goal.
Most people think a BIG goal is to improve XYZ in their life by 20% or even 50%. Today, you will read how your 8.5% goal can change everything else in your life for the better this year.
In short, the 8.5% times 12 months will multiply into something better than you ever imagined (+100%).
We are going to focus this year on just one thing.
I have enjoyed pretty good health for the last 10-20 years. In fact, I have been “sick” only twice (two colds for less than 3 days each) and had two relatively minor injuries. Only one of these “mishaps” caused me to miss a day of work (I hate it when that happens).
When I look back on my life, both of the two injuries could have been avoided. Think about that for a second; potentially, I could have had 100% work attendance with just a bit better daily health practices. I’d surely like to keep the good health moving forward, and maybe you would, too.
Now you might say that I do not have a classroom of first graders to catch colds from every day. You would be right about that; I don’t.
And, I might say, you likely don’t get on and off 80-90 flights a year, that are packed with total strangers who cough, sneeze, and put hands all over the seats inside a plane. I’d say you likely don’t rent cars 35-50 times a year that are full of germs, or that you don’t sleep in germ-ridden hotel rooms 75-95 times a year that are never cleaned well. So, how can I keep from getting sick? (more…)
When the daylight hours get shorter, there’s a tendency to become less active. Sometimes we get more stressed, maybe we put on some weight and even get a bit cranky. But there’s a simple antidote to the “Wintertime Blues”.
Here’s a quick update on a powerful strategy you can do in the classroom. I do an update on this topic every couple of years because I am so passionate about it. (more…)
I am on a mission to help more educators become extraordinary this year. In this article, you will get an insight into how our brain works. Stay a learner for a moment and we can help you achieve the best professional year of your life.
Today, we will lock down one of the most core understandings about the human brain: how to get it to change. Let’s learn how to do this right. The reason you may care about this is because… (more…)
The true story of the most dangerous “moat” threat in 800 years
Eric Jensen here.
As you know, I did my dissertation on poverty and have become quite interested in the economics of poverty.
I am writing you because I see a threat to your lifestyle and if our roles were reversed, I would like you to tell me about it.
This letter may be a bit uncomfortable to read. If it is, just put it down or delete it. But I will tell you that everything in this is true.
This does not mean there are no alternative narratives about this problem. Yes, there are other, more optimistic scenarios. But I think (and many others much smarter than me) I might (unfortunately) be right about this one. (more…)
In this galvanizing follow-up to the best-selling Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Eric Jensen digs deeper into engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students. Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind reveals:
Too many of our most vulnerable students are tuning out and dropping out because of our failure to engage them. It’s time to set the bar higher. Until we make school the best part of every student’s day, we will struggle with attendance, achievement, and graduation rates.
This timely resource will help you take immediate action to revitalize and enrich your practice so that all your students may thrive in school and beyond. In Eric’s latest book, he shares student engagement strategies that are strongly tied to socioeconomic status. Learn the seven factors that are crucial to engaging disadvantaged students: health and nutrition, vocabulary, effort and energy, mind-set, cognitive capacity, relationships, and stress level. To address those factors, Jensen provides actions and solutions you can use in every day practice to:
The strategies in this book will empower you to automate student engagement efforts in your classroom and school so more struggling students succeed. You can get it at Amazon by clicking here.
The word “explicit” means overt, obvious, known and spoken. Implicit means implied, insinuated, tacit and not said. Our biases have been known to show up in our classrooms in study after study. Surprisingly, most teachers claim they are NOT biased. This month, you’ll see how to recognize your biases and why you should alter them. You will get a critical insight and strategy for high-performance teaching. Stay a learner and you can turn this into the best year of your professional life. Let’s start with an awesome process for success. (more…)