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Helping Children Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning Needs

I knew it was important to get at the root of the issues and provide the supports that Charlie needs.  When we started, he and I didn’t have a way to talk about the struggles.  Kids don’t know why they struggle or why something is hard for them.  They just struggle.  Conversations about school work just seemed to make him more anxious. It was time for a different approach.

BrainWare Implementation and Impact Report – Big Shoulders Fund

This case study summarizes the experience of six schools that elected to implement BrainWare with students in middle elementary grades, with the support of the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, IL.  Big Shoulders Fund provides support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.  Student growth and outcomes were tracked over time using the ACT Aspire Interim assessments, with some significant growth for students who used the program most consistently with the recommended frequency and intensity.

Am I Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

A reading coach and mentor describes her experience using BrainWare SAFARI with her students, more than doubling their growth in reading levels and dramatically improving their intellective capacity She explains that, in working through BrainWare, her students had not only pushed past their own problem-solving ability through trying, and trying again and not giving up, but they had also pushed past her own ability.

Friends Share Brain Patterns

Researchers have been exploring the ways our brains respond in social situations and have found that our brains activity predicts a number of things.  A recent study shows that the

Neuroscience-Based Learning Strategies for Teachers and Students

There’s a lot we can learn from neuroscience about the learning process and how to get learning to stick. Teachers need to understand some basics of neuroscience so that they can help students learn better.  Students also need to learn about their brains so that they will be able to utilize strategies to be more successful, whether it is school-related or not. 

How Mirror Neurons Signal Empathy and Moral Decision-Making

Mirror neurons are a type of neuron that is equally active when we are performing an activity or watching someone else perform that activity.  They have been shown to have a role in imitation, in empathy, and most recently their activity has been shown to predict moral choices that involve others.

McKinsey Report: Future Jobs Require More Advanced Cognitive Capabilities

According to Mckinsey, the skills needed for the jobs of the future are in the process of shifting as technology replaces predictable, repetitive work. Jobs of the future will require more advanced cognitive capabilities.

Do Smartphones Make You Dumber?

Research is now showing that just having your phone on your desk, even though it is turned off, results in poorer performance on demanding cognitive tasks than if the cell phone is out of sight and in another room. 

Punctuation in Text Messages

Have you ever wondered whether to put a period at the end of your text message?  It may sound trivial, but it can make a difference in how your message is perceived. 

Research Suggests Visual Skills Are Different from IQ

Research at Vanderbilt University suggests that people differ significantly in their visual skills and showed that visual skills were not associated with IQ.

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