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 some things you need to know about the impact your neighborhood has on your brain.

Where you live, who you live with, what you eat, your daily habits … they all matter. How much? Well, you’re about to find out… and it’s a bit scary! Read more

Does it feel like it yet? It’s that time of year … again! Does it seem like your students get off task more quickly than usual? Do they move more slowly from one task to the next? Are they showing signs of boredom more often?

If you’re like most teachers I work with, you are noticing drops in student energy and motivation right about now. In fact, you might even be feeling the same drop yourself. If so, keep reading. Read more