Posts made in November, 2011

Marshmallow, anyone?

Marshmallow, anyone?

I’m reposting an important article from Education Week, because it uncovers a better predictor of academic success than IQ: Published Online: September 20, 2011 Published in Print: September 21, 2011, Study Reveals Brain Biology Behind Self-Control —Emile Wamsteker for Education Week By Sarah D. Sparks A new neuroscience twist on a classic psychology study offers some clues to what makes...

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Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia

I was just interviewed for this article: I like the wording in the article that Sheldon Horowitz, the guru heading the NCLD, somehow “agrees with me” hehe. I only worry that people will interpret the “math looks fuzzy” too literally. Does it come across that way?

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Creativity in the Brain

Well, I admit defeat.  Up to this point, I’ve tried to keep my teaching/learning identity separate from my creative/musical self. Then along came Charles Limb. After watching this TED Talk (Jazz in the fMRI), I can no longer keep creativity out of my sessions, nor self-reflection out of this weekend’s upcoming gig. Favorite points: “Most scientific studies of music…are...

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Top five trends of 2010 in individualized learning

1. Online School Portals- As of this month, the last North Shore School (surprising who took the longest) now has the ability for parents to know assignment grades before kids get them in class. Pros: smooth flow of information through the “assignment circle (of Doom)-see below.  Cons: the wrong people can tend to the information (read: parent anxiety alert!), and heck, who needs an...

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Just Try Harder?

I’ve been thinking about how often we try to solve our kids’ academic difficulties with the decree to “just try harder.” First, I’m always skeptical of any solution that starts with the word “Just…” If it were a simple solution, any reasonable person would have already run across it. Second, who are the people recruiting this decree?  In my...

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