Jensen Blog

7 Changes You Can Make to Save Your Life from Cancer

You or a family member may be concerned about the “big two” killers (cancer and Alzheimer’s.) This month we focus on cancer and the July issue will be on Alzheimer’s. By the way, every year these suggestions get so many rave reviews that they are re-sent, forwarded and “re-gifted.”  Feel free to do so yourself. […]

5 Things Every Educator Should Know About Cognitive Capacity

Now, it seems like everybody wants to boost their student’s cognitive skills these days, so let’s explore what every educator should know about the topic.

… about your emotional weight

How much “weight” do you carry every day? Isn’t work challenging enough without adding weight? You may be thinking, “What kind of nerve does Eric have, talking about my weight?” Actually, this post is NOT about the extra pounds on your frame. (After all, you likely already know that every 10 pounds of weight loss equals […]

Help Your Brain Make Better Decisions: Cognitive Skill Building for ALL of Us

We have all begun a new calendar year. For some, there is already stress and more of the same challenges from last year. But this post has answers for you. This is all about using something FREE to help your brain in the decision-making process. It works for you, your colleagues, your family and your […]

Brain Based Teaching

How to Boost Engagement and Effort in 3 Simple Steps (Part 3 of 4)

Starting up after the holidays can be a bit of a challenge. But this month’s newsletter has answers for you. This will be the 3rd of a four-part series on the real “how to” for student engagement and effort.

Boost Student Engagement and Effort in 6 Simple Steps

You may not have big challenges getting your students to work hard in school, but many of your colleagues DO have a tough time. At least that’s what they tell me! This is the first of a 4-part series on the real “how to” for student engagement and effort. The first six steps you should know […]

Can Teachers Move Students Of Poverty To Middle Or Upper Class?

Drew Perkins talks with author Eric Jensen about his book, Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change (Raising Achievement for Youth at Risk) and how he believes teachers can change their mindsets to help students of poverty move to the middle or upper class.

Jumpstarting Learning for Children in Poverty

Contrary to popular belief, DNA is not a child’s destiny. IQ is not fixed. Cognitive skills can change. This is critically important in K-12 schools because of the poverty gap — the difference between a child’s chronological age and developmental age. In a healthy environment, a child’s developmental age will match his or her chronological […]

You Can Be Running Your Own Brain Even Better…

In the classroom, teachers often get upset with a student’s behavior. Inappropriate behaviors will likely puzzle, frustrate, or irritate teachers who have less experience teaching students raised differently than themselves. Still, it’s important to avoid labeling, demeaning, or blaming students. Truth is, many students simply do NOT know HOW to behave.

Facilitating change within schools

WALKERTOWN, N.C. — School isn’t in session yet, but hundreds of educators with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System are already hard at work. Everyone gathered at Walkertown High School is participating in the 2nd Annual Collaborative Learning Conference. Keynote Speaker Eric Jensen’s message focused on facilitating change within schools and helping the most vulnerable population-students […]

The impact of poverty in education

“A large number of students coming to school from poverty live in a chronic state of stress, with symptoms mimicking those of ADHD,” said Eric Jensen, an author and researcher who has consulted with secondary systems nationwide on strategies to educate students from impoverished communities. “So they get labeled as discipline problems, when really, they are living under chronic stress.”

PD Transfer

Whether you attended my June or July sessions this summer, or ANY other professional development in the last two months, this article is for you. This issue speaks to the power of one or two persons who can make an amazing difference in a school. Yes, that’s all it took to start good things at this high poverty school.

Dicover How Poverty Changes a Child’s Brain and Ability to Learn

Change requires visionary school leaders

Building brain capacity among these at-risk kids requires more parental involvement, well-trained teachers and systemic change in schools, according to Jensen. Schools need strong leaders, or those who have a higher vision about how to help their students using high-yield strategies. Leaders can foster the necessary collective action for change by providing an energized effort in building cognitive capacity in children already behind grade level. In fact, Jensen thinks that to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students, educators need to make 2+ years of progress for every one year a poor child is in school. If not, he says, “schools are failing.”

Can You Change Mindsets?

The Science of Mindsets

A mindset is a way of thinking about something. As Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck (2008) explains, people (broadly) think in two ways: either you “have it” or “you don’t.”

In the area of intelligence and competency, you may have more of a fixed MINDSET (stuck in place) or a growth mindset (capable of changing).

Those with a fixed mindset believe intelligence and competency are a rigid unchangeable quality. Those with a growth mindset believe that intelligence and competency can be developed over time as the brain changes and grows.

Mindsets can be defined in many areas.