When Brain Training Works – Points of Controversy
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.
Cognitive Skills Development as a Supplement to Vision Therapy
I am a graduate of vision therapy myself. And I will never forget the moment when my vision, which had been blurry my entire life, suddenly became clear, following many months of hard work with a vision therapist. At the time, I thought it was a miracle.
A True Growth Mindset Requires a One-Two Punch
People who have a growth mindset believe they can develop their intelligence and their abilities and that’s what enables them to become much more effective learners, according to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Carol Dweck. That’s the first punch. What's the second punch?
Are These Children from Lake Wobegon?
A little over a week ago, I was in Canada — Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. to be exact. It was excruciatingly cold, of course, but that’s not why I was
Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System
Education informed by neuroscience can give new and real meaning to our desire as a nation to leave no child behind. Moreover, it may offer the only true opportunity for
Brain Training Programs: Neither Silver Bullet nor Scam
A recent article asked the question: Are Brain Training Programs a Scam? Like many articles on the subject these days, the analysis was right in some respects, but missed several
Curing Educational Indigestion – Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates
“Our district is currently doing a lot of work to implement STEM (Common Core, new technology, etc.), and our teachers feel like they are constantly having things added to their
Giving Every Student the Equivalent of a Time Turner
In The Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series, Hermione Granger manages to attend extra classes with the help of a Time Turner. The Time Turner allows her to go back in time so that she can, in effect, take two classes at once.
What Teachers Should 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
Funding Professional Development for Teachers
Almost two years ago, I blogged about the stunning research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the connection between student scores on the PISA tests and economic