Research suggests that expressing gratitude and cultivating a thankful mindset can have positive effects on the brain and overall well-being.
Research suggests that expressing gratitude and cultivating a thankful mindset can have positive effects on the brain and overall well-being.
Teri Wellbrock, host of The Healing Place, one of the top 2% of millions of podcasts, interviewed Betsy Hill about the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?
Modern Family Matters, a podcast hosted by Steve Altishin, director of client partnerships at Pacific Cascade Legal, interviewed Betsy Hill.
“It’s different, like night and day, compared to before she started the BrainWare program,” says Channah Ungar, mother of Sophia.
Your Child Learns Differently, Now What? was the topic of a recent episode of the Classroom Matters podcast with Betsy Hill, co-author of the book with Roger Stark.
Brine and Tonya Hamilton of Disrupt the Everyday Podcast interviewed Betsy Hill about developing children’s learning abilities.
Jessie Aamodt, host of Valley News Now, interviewed Betsy Hill on May 17, 2023 regarding the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?
With the official launch of BrainWare SAFARI Version 3.0, the innovative cognitive training tool that helps clients address their brain fitness and improve cognitive capacity is delivered faster, safer and with new graphics to engage users while strengthening cognitive skills to enhance performance in school, the workplace and life.
YOUR CHILD LEARNS DIFFERENTLY, NOW WHAT? is the guide to helping parents understand how brains learn and how their child’s brain learns best. This knowledge will empower parents like never before.
WGN Morning News Hosts Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten interviewed Betsy Hill on Marcy 4, 2023 about the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?
It made differences that I never anticipated never expected in Charlotte’s academic life and her personal life and her self-confidence, so I would say absolutely to use the program and get going as quickly as possible because it really works.
It’s like you kindle this little flame and all of a sudden whatever you didn’t see in this room is now visible. It’s almost like that what happens with BrainWare. It kindles a part of the brain
We have seen a difference right away in just his ease of doing his schoolwork. That was in the very very beginning before even the end of the 12 weeks
Join Gwinnett County Public Library as educator and author Betsy Hill discusses her book YOUR CHILD LEARNS DIFFERENTLY, NOW WHAT?, which helps your child turn on their learning superpowers.
The episode of the Bringing Inspiration to Earth that aired on February 28 featured Betsy Hill talking about the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What? The Truth for Parents .
Kristina Campos, host of the Impactful Parent Podcast, interviewed Roger Stark and Betsy Hill, on to help kids with c0gnitive functioning.
Can you find all these words associated with February in our fun word search?
Betsy Hill, Co-Author of “Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?” joined Gayle Guyardo the host of the nationally syndicated health and wellness show Bloom on February 4, 2034 to talk about how neuroscience and building cognitive skills in children can make all the difference in the success of their education.
Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning, was interviewed by Kamyra Harding, Your Teen Magazine. Did you know that: What you don’t know could be holding your child back. Intelligence isn’t fixed and can improve. You can help your child turn on their learning superpowers. Betsy Hill speaks about the 5-Step Plan to help parents… Continue reading Your Teen Media Interview with Betsy Hill
The number one thing we hear from parents and teachers (and even from students themselves) is that they have greater self-confidence.
Betsy Hill will present on The Science of Teaching Meets the Science of Learning at the Council of Administrators of Special Education Winter Workshop on Deciphering Dyslexia.
BrainWare Learning Company announced that Trish Whitcomb will lead the company’s education initiatives in Indiana.
A presentation at the annual IAPSS conference on December 1, 2022, shared how Urey Middle School has addressed student learning and well-being by helping students and teachers understand each student’s cognitive skills and by building students’ learning capacity
“This program being able to help him with his confidence was everything so I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it worked out.”
Dr. Lou Whitaker, Director of Cognitive Coaching at BrainWare Learning, dressed up for Halloween as the Evil Queen to share how working in BrainWare SAFARI has helped players strengthen their cognitive skills for a happy, safe trick or treating experience. Happy Halloween!
Cognitive skills will be the focus of a presentation Friday November 18, 2002 at the annual Indiana Assistant Principals’ Conference by Gregg Goewert, principal of Urey Middle School, Pat Crone, teacher and athletic director at Urey Middle School, and Betsy Hill, President and COO of BrainWare Learning Company.
The role of cognitive skills, especially executive functions, in students’ self-confidence, ability to manage stress and academic performance has been underestimated
Don’t throw away everything you know about math, but see if you can figure out what the rules are that make these math statements true:
“Over the last few months, we have seen really remarkable changes in him, between his frustration tolerance, his confidence in himself and his belief in himself to be able to tackle the tasks that he is faced with.”
BrainWare Learning Company announced an agreement to purchase SkateKids and Ramps to Reading from SKO Learning. SkateKids and Ramps to Reading are digital game-based supplemental reading programs built to stimulate and develop the cognitive processes necessary for learning to read while students build critical literacy skills.
In this puzzle pieces of cake are removed in a pattern. Can you figure out what the pattern is? Exercise your abstract reasoning!
“Students told me they felt more confident in their language class or their math class. They said they felt like they knew how to tackle problems in the classroom because of the skills that they were working on within BrainWare.”
BrainWare Learning Company announces a partnership agreement with the Educational Service Centers of Indiana to bring cognitive assessment and cognitive skills training to students across the state.
BrainWare Learning Company will be joining our friends at MindPrint Learning at the National Public Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC, June 19-22, 2002. Booth 347.
BrainWare Learning Company announces an affiliation agreement with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES (PNWBOCES) based in Yorktown Heights, NY.
“As a teacher, the number one thing that you want to do is you want to see that light turn on in a student and them shine brightly in all their other classes. I saw that in a number of our students; that light switch flipped for them. They got more confident, they were excited.”
May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day. There is an old saying, “See a penny, pick it up. All the day, you’ll have good luck.” If you can find 10 pennies — maybe in your piggy bank — you can try this puzzle.
In this puzzle, you start with two flowers in each row and each column and need to add 20 flowers to get four in each row and column.
Research shows that diagnosable mental disorders and common symptoms such as anxiety and worry are associated with cognitive dysfunction.
“I was looking for something to help students achieve at a higher level. We actually had a kid who completed all the levels in BrainWare in roughly a semester, and we have a second kid who’s really close. Kids like that that have just made leaps and bounds when it comes to their classroom grades.”
Video about BrainWare Learning Company, named one of the most innovative game tech learning solutions providers to watch in 2021 by The Enterprise World Magazine.
“When you start watching kids on BrainWare and the skills that are being taught… as an educator, I don’t know how to teach those. We just assumed they learned those along the way.”
In a cryptogram, each letter stands for another letter in the alphabet. See if you can decode this message by figuring out what letter each letter sands for.
“We’ve seen huge success with our son. Number one, with his self-confidence. Instead of withdrawing and shutting down, he doesn’t just shut down right away so much anymore. He’s pushing himself because he has confidence.”
Middle-school students demonstrated average improvement of 20 percentile points across cognitive skills following use of BrainWare SAFARI.
“If you’ve experienced issues with your child either not being able to focus, not being able to keep up with the other kids in class, or even having issues with self-confidence and in their ability in their academic performance, then you should definitely take a look at the BrainWare program.”
Kids need to learn how to learn explains Thomas Hughes, principal of Maple Crest Middle School, in a presentation for Keep Indiana Learning.
Curtis Smith, CMO of Crosswinds Counseling, interviews Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company, on cognitive skills and mental health.
Look at the shapes and see if you can figure out which one doesn’t belong in the puzzle that requires flexible thinking.
BrainWare Learning Company was named one of the most innovative game tech learning solutions providers to watch in 2021 and appeared on the Cover of the November 2021 edition of The Enterprise World magazine.
We’re sending our warmest holiday wishes, with a puzzle, of course! Fill in the blanks in our holiday poppers with words from the list below to help celebrate the holiday theme.
This visual puzzle asks you to count the triangles. Can you figure it out?
Betsy Hill, President and COO of BrainWare Learning, was recognized this month by Nepris (@neprisapp) for her commitment to inspiring students by sharing her knowledge, skills and passion for the neuroscience of learning virually in classrooms around the country.
For each of the upside-down pyramids below, you need to “lose a letter” from the top row and then rearrange the remaining letters to create a new word with one less letter for the next row. Continue until you get to the bottom.
Additive ideas come to mind quickly and easily, but subtractive ideas require more cognitive effort, according to a new study.
Have a little fun with these plexers. Plexers are word puzzles… read in a certain way, they each convey a common phrase.
An article on the Learning Counsel predicts that 2021 will be a year of momentous change in education, including a focus on cognitive skills.
Cognitive testing and training tools are increasingly being used in athletics, including BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
This visual-spatial puzzle helps you think about how shapes would look if they were rotated in space. Great brain exercise!
Research in neuroscience proves that even the best teaching and curricula can have surprisingly little effect when a child’s cognitive and emotional readiness to learn is not adequately addressed.
Cognitive impairments are a key feature of some mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and affective disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.
According to a report from BrainFutures, “The evidence is clear: every school in the U.S. should adopt an executive function program and executive function training should be a standard component of teacher certification programs.”
In this puzzle, four scoops of ice holiday ice cream are in a parfait glass. The challenge is to get the scoops from the glass above the word Happy to the glass above the word Holiday by moving just one scoop at a time.
This puzzles lists pieces of fruits — that is fruits without their vowels. Can you figure out what they are?
Visual perceptual skills are an important part of learning. Since we “feast with our eyes” first, enjoy a Visual Thanksigiving Feast Puzzle.
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.
The BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scales are used to evaluate an individual’s cognitive skills in the areas of Attention, Perceptual Processing, Memory, Executive Functions, and Reasoning.
What Teachers Need to Know about the Brain A recently published research study on teachers’ understanding of the brain and neuroscience research has been getting a lot of attention. The findings, based on surveys of teachers in the U.K., Greece, Turkey, Holland, and China, showed that teachers had many misconceptions about the brain. The findings… Continue reading What Teachers Need to Know About the Brain
One crisp autumn day, 12 friends went on a hike to the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. Can you figure out the order in which they crossed the bridge?
This abstract reasoning puzzle will challenge your ability to detect the rules to find the right answer and complete the pattern. Which image belongs in the box?
We conducted our first survey on SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) in 2018. We are fascinated to find out how things have changed in two years and hope that you will share your perspectives and insights with us via this short survey.
Some recent research about sleep and cognition suggests it’s time to update what we wrote a couple of years ago and the new information makes it even more clear how important sleep is to learning and memory, brain health, alertness and much more.
In this puzzle, you need to figure out which of the cubes on the right could be formed from folding the shape on the left?
This article from The Learning Agency Lab concludes that “teachers are not being provided with the knowledge and evidence to make their teaching truly effective.”
Abstract thinking is how we reason with information without prior knowledge. Here’s an example of the type of problem that needs abstract thinking.
In this episode of the Homeschool Counselor Podcast, Scott Whitaker and Dan Shirley interview Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company on helping students develop cognitive literacy. (25 minutes) Listen
Future teachers have only a shallow understanding of basic principles of learning science and struggle to make instructional decisions compatible with the science, according to a study by Deans for Impact.
You are in a room with 3 light switches, each connected to a light bulb outside the room. Can you solve this puzzle?
Research in Thailand with 8-12-year-old children showed improvement in cognitive performance following use of BrainWare SAFARI.
Research in Thailand with students with specific learning disabilities showed a positive impact of cogntiive training with BrainWare SAFARI using EEG.
This article concludes that educators can have a meaningful impact on closing the achievement gap for low-SES students addressing the development of cognitive skills generally, and executive functions in particular.
We created this Word Search Puzzle in honor of National Doughnut Day. Enjoy a doughnut or a donut and this Word Search.
Here’s a fun puzzle that will test how good you are at visualizing how shapes fit together.
Can you help get this turkey out of the maze … either because you want to save him from butcher’s block … or because you want to make sure there’s a turkey on your table this Thanksgiving … ?
Strong memories involve groups or teams or networks of neurons that fire together. While neuroscientists have long said that “neurons that fire together wire together,” recent research at Cal Tech shows how repeated exposure to something recruits multiple neurons into the memory system, creating built-in redundancy.
The achievement gaps for economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners are stubbornly wide. An article published in EdNews Daily explains the importance in addressing issues of cognitive development in closing the achievement gap, as a matter of equity.
Researchers compared digital games and mindfulness apps. It turned out that digital games were significantly more effective in helping adults recover from work stress than the mindfulness apps.
Cognitive skills are the foundation for learning. This short video explains foundational cognitive skills and executive functions and how they relate to academic and life success.
A new report out from the Council for Exceptional Children, “The State of the Special Education Profession Survey Report: is more a report about how special education teachers feel about the state of Special Education than a real characterization of how the profession is actually performing, but it does reveal some interesting patterns.
If reading and math are like the part of the iceberg that you can see, then cognitive skills are like the part of the part thats under the water. Underlying cognitive processes contribute to academics but are difficult to see if youre only looking at academic data.
The information about the changes in teens’ Circadian Rhythms has been around for a long time, as has the suggestion that later school start times would benefit them. Now, a landmark study is confirming what just about any adolescent could tell you – teens sleep more if they can sleep a little later.
The system that is supposed to help students get supports often doesn’t work because the goal changes from having a real impact to checking off boxes and focusing on compliance. What is your experience with resource teachers having the right resources?
Recent research looked at how the difficulty of the task and the size of the reward impacted the strength of the memory and the consolidation process.The size of the reward, not surprisingly, influences the strength of the memory, but just as important is the level of challenge of the task.
Do you have evidence for or believe that students living in poverty (with cognitive impact) are identified as needing specialized instruction and supports – therefore special education services? Or do you believe that these students are over-identified as needing special education services and do not require them and unnecessarily receive an educational label.
Achievement gaps persist for economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Will ESSA fail to close them?
Unfortunately, far too often, parents find that their child’s IEP is neither all that individualized nor helping their child make substantial gains. This blog examines three concerns often expressed about IEPs.
Six dynamic demos of our remarkable Cognitive Literacy Solutions. Enjoy!
Personalizing learning can feel overwhelming even for the most effective teachers. In this webinar, we share how to flip the traditional approach to make it manageable and effective for every classroom.
Betsy Hill, BrainWare Learning Company’s president, met with middle-school students via Nepris, and discussed how we know what parts of the brain do, how the brain changes when we learn and the role of sleep in learning, as well as widely held neuromyths.
BrainWare Learning Company is teaming with LiteracyPlanet for the U.S. launch of its award-winning, online English Language Arts program.
This problem comes from Conceptual Algebra Readiness for Everyone and you don’t need to “know Algebra” to be able to figure it out!
Current approaches to special education generally seek bypass the cognitive processes that are weak in order to minimize the impact of processing deficits. Remediation of cognitive processes needs to be a fourth pillar in our approach to support students in special education.
The gingerbread men in the top row follow a pattern. Can you figure out what it is? Which of the answers is the best?
This excellent video answers these questions and helps us understand that the food we consume affect our brains, just as it affects our hearts and the rest of our bodies.
Can your brain really predict the future? Absolutely! In fact, predicting the future is something our brains do constantly. It turns out that there are two different areas of the brain that help us anticipate when something will happen.
The phrase “Mind the Gap“ refers to the gap between the train door and the station platform, particularly on the London underground system. It reminds passengers to be careful when entering and leaving the train. The warning is necessary because there is nothing to fill the gap and an unwary passenger could fall into it.… Continue reading Mind the Gap (the Cognitive Gap)!
In this webinar, Bondo Nyembwe, who led the St. Paul City School turnaround and who is now replicating his approach as Executive Director of Academia Cesar Chavez in St. Paul, MN, shares his insights and experiences on the keys to a successful school turnaround.
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.
This webinar highlights examples from popular sports as we examine how the cognitive skills that we use everyday surface in the sports that we love to watch and play. Learn what separates the average from the great.
Here’s a noodle puzzle to get you noodling some noodles. Can you follow the spaghetti noodle paths and see which noodles will end up in which of the four bowls?
In this webinar, we review the common cognitive underpinning for academic and SEL success, discuss how to use cognitive assessments for problem analysis and decision-making, and tell some stories of how educators have gotten to the root problem
Research Continues to Show Link Between Media Violence and Aggressive Behavior Research continues to add to the already strong evidence of the impact of media violence on aggressive behavior. A recent study looked at teens and concluded that teens with high levels of impulsivity were particularly at risk. On the other hand, parental monitoring… Continue reading Research Continues to Show Link Between Media Violence and Aggressive Behavior
As educators and education policymakers seek to understand and remedy the achievement gaps, much attention is paid to the concept of equity. A variety of inequities have been identified as impediments to students having the opportunity to achieve their potential. Disparities in per-pupil spending, teacher experience, and technology and other resources are well-documented and top of mind. A less visible disparity, and one that connects directly to student learning is highlighted by contemporary neuroscience research – cognitive development.
Researchers have discovered that people who procrastinate tend to have larger amygdalae (the structure in the brain associated with fear) and weaker connections between the amygdala and the part of the brain that regulates the recognition of salience of fear and initiation.
In June, the Indiana Deparatment of Education (INDOE) approved 35 companies as technical assistance partners for the State’s School Improvement efforts, including BrainWare Learning Company. In August, school and district personnel from across the state had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with technical assistance partners to explore how they can work together to help achieve the State’s amitious goals under ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act).
There continues to be controversy regarding cognitive training (sometimes called brain training) programs, and there continue to be many skeptics. As the developer of the most researched, comprehensive, integrated cognitive training program available today, we encourage skepticism. Skepticism is healthy and it also means that the skeptic is open to a variety of possibilities. Here are some comments and questions we often hear from cognitive training skeptics and the way we answer them for BrainWare SAFARI
In the last week, we came across another study that says that neuroscientists have debunked the claims that a brain game results in a brain gain. No kidding!
Research scientists seem to be in love with the idea of contradicting the market hype about the value of brain games. And that’s a good thing. There is far too much hype. And too little understanding of the difference between a brain game and serious cognitive training (also called brain-training). Saying that a typical “brain game” can yield measurable cognitive benefit that translates into real-world improvements is like saying that exercising the biceps of your left arm will lead to overall physical fitness.
Significant growth on ACT Inspire assessments was noted for students in school supported by the Big Shoulders Foundation who used BrainWare SAFARI most consistently with the recommended frequency and intensity.
A majority of students experienced substantial growth in multiple cognitive skills and all students saw growth in at least some areas. Average cognitive growth was 21 percentile points.
Duke University researchers have shown that neurons seem to be capable of carrying more than one signal at a time. They do this, apparently, in much the same way that telecommunications engineers developed rapid switching between pieces of two different messages.
In this webinar, we explore the core executive functions – working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility – understanding what they are and how they relate to both academic and social and emotional learning. We demonstrate how executive functions can be measured using the Mindprint Cognitive Assessment and how they can be developed using BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
Students gained 4.5 reading levels on average and improved on academic fluency tests by one-half to 4 grade equivalents over 12 weeks following cognitive training with BrainWare SAFARI.
The Digital Promise models also explain that students may struggle with reading for reasons that have nothing to do with the adequacy of their reading instruction. Many students struggle with reading because of issues with cognitive processes like working memory, visual reasoning, inhibition, and attention.
Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching? Summer is a great time to catch up on webinars that you might have missed (and get some professional development credit along the way). Here are some of our most popular webinars. Neuroscience & Learning STEM & SEL: A Perfect Match Facts and Myths About the Brain: Can… Continue reading Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching?
Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans Over the last few years since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law, state departments of education have developed plans to implement the provisions of the legislation. While each state plan has its own characters and its own priorities, they all address the key provisions… Continue reading Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans
In his speech at the Serious Games Conference, Roger Stark will share the challenges and successes of being the first to build the most comprehensive integrated cognitive skills training program in the world.
Teaching as a STEM Career In the work that I’ve been doing on the connection between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), I was looking for examples of STEM and non-STEM careers. In the course of doing that, it became apparent to me that many careers that weren’t STEM… Continue reading Teaching as a STEM Career
In this webinar, we explore the driving forces behind the push for STEM and SEL, the relationship between SEL and STEM, and the underlying skills that support both. We hope to show that, far from being disconnected, the two are, indeed, a perfect match.
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.
In honor of Flag Day, here is a puzzle. Look at the array of flags below and see if you can figure out which one goes where the question mark is.
Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain Numerous research studies support the evidence that many students lose a good portion of their learning over the summer. Estimates are that the loss is around 2 to 2.6 months of learning and affects both math and reading levels. Unfortunately, most students end up the year significantly behind… Continue reading Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain
Interventions focused just on deferring gratification haven’t been effective. According to researchers, “it is likely to be more fruitful to target the broader cognitive and behavioral abilities related to gratification delay.”
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day is meant to remind us that to make sure our sentences have subjects and verbs and are grammatically correct, but we’d like to use it think about the process of learning to speak in sentences.
This article, published in STEM Magazine and STEM for Women, concludes that STEM and SEL are not in competition. They are not even separate but equal. They don’t sit side by side. They are built on a common set of cognitive processes and therefore mutually reinforcing, synergistic and inseparable.
In this puzzle, the paper is folded twice and then a hole is punched. Can you visualize what the paper will look like when it is unfolded?
We were getting ready to make some origami folded paper objects, but just before we started, a gust of wind came through the open window and blew the papers onto the floor. The image below shows how they looked. Can you identify the order in which the papers landed on the ground?
Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) Education is grappling with a relatively new acronym: MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support). MTSS is currently conceptualized as an integration of two other acronyms: RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) (McIntosh, 2016). Simply stated, MTSS seeks to meld the systems of interventions… Continue reading Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)
The need for critical thinking skills in today’s world is more pervasive than ever. Critical thinking is vital for academic achievement as well as for success in the workplace. In this webinar, Lemi-Ola Erinkitola, founder of The Critical Thinking Child addresses some underappreciated facets of helping children become critical thinkers.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an active topic of discussion in schools (and outside of schools, for that matter) these days. The interest in SEL is likely being driven by a variety of factors, including federal policy (the Every Student Succeeds Act) which adds social, emotional and behavioral factors to academic measures. Another factor… Continue reading A New Framework for Social and Emotional Learning Based on Cognitive Skills
Intuition is “nonconscious emotional information,” and perhaps most fascinating, we can get better at using it. The researchers speculate that someday, intuition training may help us tap into all of that nonconscious information in our minds.
Can you Bingo (play all 7 letters) with this Brainy Scrabble Board?
Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning Company, and Nancy Weinstein, CEO of Mindprint Learning, review how to create personalized learning plans for students, based on their Unique Learning Profile.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is receiving increasing attention in the world of education. This report summarizes findings from a small survey of educator perspectives and practices.
Are millennials or baby boomers smarter? That is the question being researched by a middle school student who met with Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning, via Nepris.
Reading a road map is about more than knowing left from right, especially in the days when we didn’t all have GPS systems in our cars and on our phones. In honor of National Read a Road Map Day, we created this little puzzle.
We predict – in milliseconds – what a word is based on the phonemes (language sounds) it starts with. A joke fools us, by disappointing our brain’s predictions.
Why is sharing so hard for very young children? Like many aspects of development, it has to do with our frontal lobes (prefrontal cortex, in neuroscience-speak) according to research.
Reading involves the simultaneous, coordinated use of multiple mental processes, including attention skills, working memory, visualization, and planning according to an article written by Betsy Hill and published by EdCircuit.
Can you tell a frilly flower from what that isn’t? This puzzle asks if you can you figure out the pattern. Which of the flowers in the bottom row is a “frilly flower?”
Automaticity is a concept we talk about in cognitive training – getting skills practiced to the point where they don’t require conscious thought. The concept also applies in other training situations, for processes (procedural memory).
One teacher helped her students get ready for a field trip to a museum by asking them how they could be sure they would be kicked out of the museum.
Parents should dim the lights for preschoolers for the hour before bedtime according to reesarch on the impact of pre-bedtime light on melatonin levels
Dr. Lou Whitaker coaches students using BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software at Pope John Paul Catholic School in, Lecanto, Florida..
This webinar examines some of the challenges of learning a second language and the role of cognitive skills and executive functions in that process. We will also share research on the impact of cognitive skills training for English Language Learners in several U.S. and ex-U.S. schools.
Researchers at Stanford have shown that monkeys, trained with a brain-computer interface, could transfer that learning to the real world, even though they had never physically performed the action.
Technology has been reducing the size of pixels on a screen to the point where scientists believe they can focus on brain activity at the level of individual neurons.
Research shows that observing gestures can help predict language delays and may eventually be useful in diagnosing language development problems before a child actually begins to speak.
This document summarizes the research on BrainWare SAFARI and students from low-SES and the impact cognitive skill training is having on their cognitive functioning and academic achievement.
A recent study shows that the pattern of brain activity in the brains of friends is more similar than the brain activity of two people who aren’t friends.
Roger Stark, BrainWare Learning Company’s CEO, was interviewed about his own educational trajectory, in this article on Operation Enterprise, a program offered to enterprising young people by the American Management Association
Negativity rewires our brain to be more prone to negativity and practicing gratitude is more healthy. However, complaining has its place and there is an art to it.
One kind of pattern is a progression or a sequence. In some progressions puzzles, as in this one, there may be several elements changing all at the same as the sequence progresses from one end to the other.
The more human digital assistants seem, the more we experience them as human and the more we may try to interact with them as if they were human. Or the more we may avoid interacting with them …
Here is a puzzle we came up with to celebrate National Popcorn Day. Can you solve this puzzle?
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.
ESE students with learning disabilities or traumatic brain injury improve in reading, math and performance on the Florida State Assessment following their use of BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
In this webinar, Dr. Lou Whitaker, President of Open Minds Enterprises, discusses the neuroscience of stress, the effect of stress on learning and development, and tools and strategies for helping our students and ourselves deal with stress, both acute and chronic.
Reading involves the simultaneous, coordinated use of multiple mental processes, including attention skills, working memory, visualization, and planning according to an article written by Betsy Hill and published by EdCircuit.
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.
Today is National Card Playing Day, and one of our favorite card games is SET. It’s fun and it’s a great cognitive workout for just about any age!
Can you recognize a cut up snowflake from its folded-up starting point? See if you can figure out the answer!
BrainWare Learning Company was covered by VoyageChicago. The article looks at the company’s journey and what to expect next in the world of cognitive training and education.
In some fascinating research, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis scanned the brains of babies as they learned to walk. In the initial stages, the connection between the default-mode network (the brain networks we use while we’re daydreaming or letting our minds wander) works with the motor cortex.
This webinar reviews the value of cognitive assessment as the basis for meaningful differentiation of instruction by tying cognitive skills directly to learning strategies.
In one study, people rooted for a fictional basketball team described as being expected to lose, rather than the team that was supposed to win, 88 percent of the time. Scientists have put forward a number of different theories on why we have such a tendency to favor the less favored.
How do you turn a snowflake into a snowman? Find your path through this winter holiday puzzle.
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.
Two of these holiday cookies are different from the others. Can you tell which ones? Don’t give up too soon … You can do it!
The research says that our brains do, in fact, “blink,” every time we shift our attention! When we shift our attention from one object to another, the activity of the neurons in the visual cortex is temporarily disrupted.
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.
This blog discussed some of the reasons schools use brain-training apps and the benefits they see, including better academic performance, better motivation, better behavior and a stronger growth mindset.
Research at Vanderbilt University suggests that people differ significantly in their visual skills and showed that visual skills were not associated with IQ.
Expressing gratitude can help with depression, help us sleep better and make us feel more connected to those around us.Perhaps surprisingly, the beneficial effects seem to last for months afterward.
This webinar explores the characteristics of different types of decisions as well as the critical steps to effective decision-making, including defining the problem (or question or choice), choosing a decision-making process, developing and evaluating alternatives, and the process of deciding.
Will this help my child? That is the question we always hear from parents with children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) when they come across our cognitive training and assessment programs. We’ll start with the short answer and then we’ll dig in a little deeper.
While BrainWare SAFARI is not uniquely designed for students with learning disabilities, cognitive skill training is having an impact on cognitive functioning and academic achievement for them in a variety of settings.This document provides a summary of the research to date on BrainWare SAFARI and students with learning disabilities.
BrainWare Learning Company is named one of the top 20 global gamification solutions providers by CIOReview.
Join award-winning author and presenter, Dr. Pat Wolfe for a mini-web session on the application of brain research to instructional practice. If you’re ever wondered would neuroscience could do for your teaching, you won’t want to miss this!
Cognitive Skills are the mental processes our brains use to take in, organize, understand and retrieve information. So much of what happens in our brains are processes we aren’t even aware of when they happen. But while they may happen non-consciously, they define our ability to learn.
Neuroscience researchers at MIT have been able to distinguish between brain waves associated with explicit learning and implicit learning. The fact that different types of brain waves are involved underscores the importance of teachers understanding the difference between the two types of memory and the different strategies that will be effective in the two types of learning.
Recently published research from Johns Hopkins University pitted two types of working memory training against each other, but it didn’t translate into general intelligence. Here’s why not.
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has been studying the financial knowledge of adults in the U.S. through a short 5-question quiz as part of its Financial Capability Study. Sadly, Americans do not fare very well. Happily, the questions could easily be turned into engaging classroom exercises for middle- and high-school age students
This case study describes the experience of a client at Impact Institute in Fort Wayne, IN, who used BrainWare SAFARI within her Adult Basic Education program. “Janet” experienced improvements across the board in her cognitive skills, based on her self-completed cognitive rating scale.
There are so many options – from clinical therapy to apps for your smartphone… from single-skill memory training to reading software for learning disabilities… and from crossword puzzles to neurofeedback. It’s confusing, to say the least. So here are 7 questions you can ask when you’re considering any kind of brain training program or tool. Happy National Train Your Brain Day!
If you think that bullying is something kids will someday get over, think again. Research shows that bullying results in physical brain changes and serious long-term cognitive and emotional deficits.
Students at Pierceton Woods were able to complete the targeted number of sessions of BrainWare SAFARI within the eight-week term. The six students who completed a sufficient number of sessions in BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant improvements in multiple areas of cognitive processing
Do you see the keys in this picture? That’s because the human brain is really good at seeing partially obscured objects. New research conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle examined the interactions between the visual cortex and the prefrontal cortex when subjects tried to identify partially hidden objects.
The goal of cognitive training is to enable a student to become a capable, independent learner. While tutoring can be helpful, it typically will not address underlying learning issues. Particularly when students continue to be tutored year after year, just to get through school, that is not enabling them to learn independently.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that watching adults struggle with a couple of tasks before succeeding led to babies trying harder on their own tasks.
There is a new online test that will give you an idea how strong your mental functioning is, particularly attention and short-term memory. And it will let you know if you should consult a medical professional.
Riding a bike is something you’re never supposed to forget how to do once you’ve learned. This video is a great example of working to change the way our brain is wired to perform a task!
Kris Bowen, President of Tesco Solutions, wanted to see if cognitive training would improve her focus and ability to stay on top of her task list. She discusses the cognitive improvements she experienced with BrainWare SAFARI.
An example of how vision developmental optometrists use BrainWare SAFARI to help patients enhance a range of visual processing cognitive skills.
Playing with language is a cognitive milestone and language play can be a wonderful form of cognitive exercise. Learn how to speak Piratese in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.
An international team of scientists has shown that high moral reasoning is associated with increased activity in a key part of the brain’s reward system. In other words, our brain activity reflects how morally developed we are.
There is plenty of evidence that multitasking is not what we think it is. A new study showed the negative impact of distractions on memory.
Because children get much of their news from social media sources, they are most vulnerable. 39% of children prefer online media as their news sources and fake news is often believed. 31% of children have discovered later that a news story they shared on social media was fake.
Common Sense Media explains how to identify fake news and help kids get smarter about it as well.
What do high school students want to know about the brain? BrainWare Learning’s Betsy Hill addressed their questions in a Nepris-hosted presentation, including different types of memory, study tips, and sleep.
What Buddha knew about generosity long ago has now been confirmed by neuroscientists who have shown the connection between generosity and structural brain changes in the areas of the brain associated with empathy and social cognition.
In this webinar, we review four practical ways to supercharge the learning process. All four use solid neuroscience to impact learning where it happens – in our students’ brains. All four are evidence-based and supported by research. We discuss BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software, Mindprint cognitive assessment, SkateKids cognitively based reading program and BrainsON! professional development.
We were reminded by National Exercise with Your Child Week about the importance of exercise for cognitive development for both children and adults. An NIH-supported study reviewed the available research and concluded that there is ample evidence of the cognitive benefits of physical activity for children.
This white paper addresses the potential impact of cognitive training for students who are academically and cognitively underprepared for college, suggesting that it may provide an opportunity for many students to achieve their dreams of a college education and the advantages that education entails by giving them the foundation and the capacity for academic success at the post-secondary level.
Lon Woodbury, an Ed Consultant (IECA), a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), and an Internet Talk Radio Host focusing on news and personal help for parents of struggling and troubled teens with behavioral/learning problems. interviews Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning Company, on the differences between male and female brains.
While many educators still see reading as a matter of decoding and fluency practice, the reading process is far more complex. A new report from Digital Promise report cites cognitive skills, social-emotional learning, and student background information, in addition to traditional language and literacy skills, as essential for reading.
We all worry about forgetting things, but it turns out that forgetting can actually make us smarter and our brains are designed to promote memory loss under certain circumstances!
Not only is it OK for kids to count on their fingers, when combined with counting games, they do much better on math tests. Finger counting is good for the brain!
Unless all students are able to develop the cognitive foundation for learning, then only some will have what it takes to fully access and derive value from their education. This is an issue of access much like other access issues in our society. It may be that the cognitive capacity gap is the civil rights issue of our day.
The things we take pictures of we remember better, even if we never look at the pictures again. Picture taking can, however, reduce our auditory memories of the experience.
What is social media doing to our brains? This great TedEd presentation explains – and it’s not all good. Which change do you think is the most important?
It’s time to throw out our old mental models of intelligence and start to embrace what David Shenk in his popular book of the same title, the genius in all of us.
Neuroscientists at the University of Western Ontario are starting to unravel how our brains mark the difference and inform us whether something is imaginary or something we are really remembering.
The brain is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side, The one the other will include With ease, and you beside. Emily Dickinson
The webinar will focuses on the nature of “soft skills” and how they are and aren’t different from “hard skills,” together with implications for devleoping them in the workplace.
Parents and kids talk about their experiences with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
We spend a lot of time in our conversations with schools, clinicians, and parents talking about “following the protocol.” Why? Because the protocol identifies he frequency and duration of usage that consistently leads to the kinds of improvements in cognitive skills we see in the research on the program.
In this webinar, we explore the cognitive skills and executive functions our children/students need in order to learn and be successful … in the classrooms and in life.
This webinar addresses how BrainWare SAFARI fulfills the provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
It is becoming increasingly clear from neuroscience research that intelligence is not fixed and that the ability to learn, think and problem-solve can be enhanced at any age. The implications of this new knowledge in the workplace are profound. This paper explores the implications of neuroscience research for the preparation and training of workers for 21st century work.
BrainWare SAFARI cognitive skills development software was incorporated into a 3-credit-hour Student Success course at Ivy Tech Community College. Increases in IQ were seen for the students who completed the Student Success Course that incorporated BrainWare also completed a sufficient number of sessions and levels in BrainWare SAFARI.
It has become popular lately for neuroscience experts to disparage the efforts of educators to understand and apply brain research, as a recent article published by PBS does. Sometimes they even seem to wonder why we would be interested. Here’s why.
In this webinar, we share the story of three successful BrainWare SAFARI implementations that focus on the use of the program in a resource setting,.
Learning disabilities often involve weaknesses in one or more of the important cognitive skills involved in learning. Research is now showing that cognitive processes can be strengthened, rather than just working around them.
Pre-publication publicity for a new book on the value of brain training claims that there are 5 conditions that make it effective. While this discussion surfaces some important considerations, it is likely to disappoint anyone who adheres strictly to the five conditions. Here’s where the advice falls short.
This webinar explores a model of mental processing that highlights the importance of integrating a variety of cognitive processes and a therapeutic cognitive development software program called BrainWare SAFARI that is supported by peer-reviewed published research and field studies.
Many students can read a passage, but afterwards are unable to tell you what they read. Or perhaps they can answer simple factual questions (regurgitate), but it really has no meaning for them and will be forgotten the next day.
“Today’s workplace runs largely on the cognitive ability of workforce.” The webinar addresses the importance of cognitive development for workers, both experienced and new hires, for the 21st century. Learn more.
This webinar examines and challenges some of the assumptions that underpin traditional approaches to remediation, both to helping students achieve appropriate levels of reading and math, and to development of the other skills that are required for success.
There are so many books about the brain … from simple books for children to dense academic works intended for researchers. Here are some of our favorites – for adults, for teachers specifically, and for kids.
This webinar explorespractical and effective approaches that give students experiences that are different from what happens during the school day and that can drive better academic results without teaching to the test.
Dr. Patricia Wolfe answers questions about BrainWare SAFARI at the Indiana Association of Educational Service Centers and explains why she endorses the program wholeheartedly.
Dr. Lou Whitaker, principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic School in Lecanto, FL describes how she decided to use BrainWare SAFARI cogntiive training software with her students.
The graphics in BrainWare SAFARI lead some to believe that it won’t be challenging for older students and adults. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Glenwood Academy principal Anne Budicin, teacher Kanika Johnson and Glenwood Academy students discuss their experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software is described by Anne Budicin, currently principal of Glenwood Academy in Glenwood, IL, as well as students at the school who experienced significant gains in both cognitive and academic skills following their use of the program.
Curtis Boehmer, Speech and Language Pathologist, Huron Intermediate School District, MI, describes his pilot of BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
Students at Pope John Paul Catholic School in Lecanto, FL, talk about their experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.
Stacy Mulrenin, a resource teacher at Nativity Catholic School in Bradenton, FL, describes how using BrainWare SAFARI transformed her experience of supporting her students.
Congressional Briefing Hosted by Congressman Danny Davis
Roger Stark, Dr. Pat Wolfe, Dr. Sarah Avtzon, Superintendent Ron Kraft
A teacher with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada, is interviewed about her experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software and the impact her students’ performance
A student in the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada, is interviewed about her experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.