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Teaching from home

Attentional Mastery for the (Distracted) Teach-from-Home Educator

Now that you’re working more from home, do you find yourself distracted or scattered? Are you struggling to focus and finish a task? Your brain’s attentional system is being exposed to new challenges, both visible (looming house projects) and invisible (a global virus). With the right tools, you CAN foster skills to lock-in your attention […]

3 Powerful Tools for Brain-Powered Test-Prep

When it comes to testing, you might feel like your students experience some bizarre memory loss and forget all they have learned. Or, perhaps you question if they ever learned it in the first place? Either way, it can be frustrating for them and you. Supporting students’ brains to be at peak performance for an […]

Teaching Empathy at school

Why Empathy Matters More Than You Think (and why too much can hurt)

Why is it that we feel so much comfort when someone says, “I feel your pain,” “I get it,” “I know what that is like,” or “I’ve been there. I know it’s hard.” These phrases transform our perception from ‘I am suffering alone’ to ‘Someone who cares about me understands this pain.’ Empathy is a […]

Four Simple Steps to New Year’s Resolution Success

Is it just me, or does it seem like fewer people are setting New Year’s Resolutions these days? If so, you wouldn’t be surprised; the vast majority of them remain unachieved. Yes, there is always value in doing a life inventory and making a few course corrections. But this tradition needs an upgrade – and […]

Getting Everyone on the Same Page: How YOUR Classroom Can Experience “Brain Synchronicity”

Have you ever had a class where, for whatever reason, you and the class didn’t feel connected like you’ve experienced before? Or perhaps you’ve taught at a school where the leadership and staff were not in sync? It’s not pleasant.

Brain Based Teacher

Would You Rather be Trendy or Evidence-Based?

Your Classroom Might Be Slowing the Learning! Where do you look for guidance on ensuring your classroom is set up for optimal learning? Pinterest will show you some really pretty classrooms, but the scientific research will direct you to the BIG 3 – the three factors in your classroom that significantly impact student learning. Lean […]

Self-care September: Stress Less by Filling These 4 Buckets

It’s not a secret – being a teacher is HARD work. For some, teaching may be physically exhausting, emotionally draining, and socially lonely. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The work you are doing every day is too meaningful for it to be dragging you down. Every September, we dedicate this newsletter to […]

How to Jumpstart Your School Year Differently

For many of you, the new school year will be starting soon. For others who are on a different school calendar, consider re-reading this information the next time you have a fresh start with a new group of students. There is A LOT to do to get ready for a new group of learners to […]

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Are We Getting Closer to a Cure?

Are We Getting Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease? It is hopeful to think of the millions of people who will (one day) be able to still remember that dream vacation, their wedding day, and recognize the face of their children. But how close are we, really, to a cure? Are we really on […]

How Would Your Students Describe Your Classroom?

Would Your Students Describe Your Classroom as Boring or Chaotic? “This month seems like a lost cause for learning.” Have you heard someone say something like that before? I’ve got an idea for you this month to keep you green and growing all the way till the school year’s over. It’s never too late to […]

Fool-Proof Strategies to Jump Start any New Habit

It’s Time to Do a Simple Experiment at Work; Have you ever tried to start a new exercise routine, only to quit a week or two into it? Or had the best of intentions to give students more frequent and specific feedback, but never got it jumpstarted? Believe it or not – even the best […]

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall – Two Overlooked Feedback Tips for ALL

It’s that time again! Time to look in the mirror and see what impact YOU are making. No one likes to give their all to something and not know if their efforts were worthwhile. Not me, not you, and not even your students. Being able to look in the mirror and ask, “MIRROR, MIRROR on […]

What Mister Rogers Didn’t Know About His Neighborhood … But You Should!

In the classic children’s TV series, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, viewers are swept away to a Land of Make Believe – a utopian neighborhood created by their red cardigan-wearing host, Mr. Rogers. Before you take off your sneakers, slip into your slippers, and fully commit to his infamous question, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” there are […]

Do You Carry This Around with You? If So, Please Stop!

What if I told you there are things you might be carrying around with you daily that are toxic? At your school, you may have staff that are still mad at a leader who left the school years ago. We all know someone who is carrying “these” – sometimes for a student, colleague, or family member. In […]

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Why Student’s Talking During Class is Actually a Good Thing

Think all that side-talk happening in your classroom is interfering with learning? Maybe it is, maybe it is not. The student talking to the student next to them, and the student consumed by their social media app during your class are both seeking the same human need – social connection. One may get what they’re […]