Quick Cognitive Health Check for Adults
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.
The Power of Neuroplasticity
While there has been strong scientific consensus for some time about neuroplasticity, the extent to which our brains can change, at any stage of life, is only starting to become clear.
Cognitive Skills are Major Factors in Reading Ability
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.
Is Cognitive Capacity the Civil Rights Issue of Today?
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.
Every Day is Election Day — Even in Your Classroom
Every day, the people around us decide whether to listen to us, to follow us, to imitate us, or to ignore us. They decide whether to step up and join us in championing what we want to accomplish, or they join the opposition, or they just decide to “sit this one out." Does this apply in a classroom? Are students voters? You bet!
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.
The Mystery of Reading Comprehension
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.
The Cognitive Impact of Poverty and What Educators Can Do
Numerous studies have shown the impact of poverty on the brain. Neuroscience research is also showing how the plasticity of the brain offers the potential to close the cognitive gap.
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
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.