talking in class

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 looking for. The other, probably not. Read more

Brain Based Event

Have you ever been in this situation: you’re meeting up with a friend to go to a concert? Upon arriving, your friend begins to introduce you to his other friends. “This is Maria, this is Carter …” By the time he gets to the 5th person, you’re struggling to remember the first.

YES! Your brain is amazing – but it does have its limits. To understand what your limits are and those of your students, lean in and read on. (Possibly, miracles await you). Read more

What would you be willing to do to have an extra day, month, or years with your loved ones?

Each year we take a break from the science of education and update you on two devastating diseases likely to impact you and/or your loved ones.

This month it is cancer; July will be about Alzheimer’s disease.

You need to know how to protect yourself and your family from cancer. Mostly because you CAN! Yes, most cancers are preventable and I’ll tell you how. Read more

Regardless of where you are in the school calendar, the feeling of distress can be overwhelming!

Don’t fret there’s relief ahead, and it just may keep you sane!

Remember that stress is your brain and body’s reaction to any demand. There is good stress (healthy levels) and bad stress (chronic and acute like a trauma). Stress affects everyone in different ways and to different degrees.

Successful stress management is a mindset (I am in charge of my own response) and a group of skills, that when utilized, can create more energy, and increased enjoyment. Read more

Have you ever wondered what really creates the difference between the student who gives strong effort and the one who doesn’t? Is there some magical research that provides evidence that crossing your fingers initiates a physiological reaction that somehow leads to better student effort and attitude? Well, the research almost says that – not quite. If you’d like greater student effort (and attitude), you are in the right place.

Keep reading and we’ll learn how those two crossing fingers can help us remember the two key elements to mastering this month’s topic of building student … Read more

Brain Based

Still deciding what to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions? If you are like many, you might have set a goal that has something to do with health, weight, or fitness. As you wonder whether you really want to spend the next 12 months staring at a Fitbit, a scale, or health goals list, may I suggest you flip that scale upside down and set a new goal to bring your numbers WAY up?

Up?? Seriously??? That’s right!

I’m suggesting you work this year to increase one of the most important numbers in your body and brain that researchers have ever discovered. Before you think I completely lost my mind over the holiday season, hear me out… Read more

Brian Based

Poverty is everyone’s problem. The “new normal” in U.S. public schools is that 51 percent of all students come from low-income families. This has far-reaching consequences because of poverty’s effect on a child’s brain. Read more

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.