Reconciling the Neurosophists and the Neurosnobs
A recent article in Brain in the News, a publication of the Dana Foundation lamented the increase in the impressive sounding but empty use of references to the brain in education. Educators have too often embraced neuromyths and neurofads without a deep enough understanding. But that is changing.
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?
Five Tips for a Better Brain
Just about every adult I meet wants to know how to strengthen their perception, thinking, and acuity. I believe in practicing what I preach, so here five things I practice on a daily basis. Our brains become what brains do ...
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
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
Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education
The remediation statistics are sobering. Over half of students who enroll in 2-year colleges take remedial courses in English and/or math. Almost 20% of those enrolling in 4-year colleges do
Cognitive Skills Development in an Accelerated Curriculum
Much of our work has dealt with helping struggling students — those who are behind or have identified cognitive deficits — but it is important to remember that very bright