What are Cognitive Skills?
We hear the term “cognitive skills” more frequently these days as we all become more aware that our brains perform a variety of functions critical to helping us navigate school,
Thoughts on the Value of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative
The BRAIN Initiative announced recently by President Barack Obama has underscored the importance of better understanding brain-behavior relationships and it holds potential for deeper knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the
Questions to Ask Your Chronically Stressed Students
This morning I sat in two middle-school inner-city classrooms in Indianapolis, as I do most weeks. But today, something struck me deep in the center of my chest as I
BrainWare SAFARI Shown to Impact Students in Iran with Reading Problems
Researchers in Iran working with dyslexic students showed increases in memory and attention in students diagnosed with reading difficulties following the use of BrainWare. The experimental group showed training effects on non-trained tests as well as transfer effect to visual-auditory sustained attention, visual auditory vigilance/speed, and hyperactivity after training.
Cognitive Skills and the Common Core Standards
Teachers, principals and district administrators around the country are fully in the throes of working on the transition to the new Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards, the product
Does Physical Exercise Trump Mental Exercise?
A recent article in Time Health and Family, “Exercise Trumps Brain Games in Keeping our Minds Intact”, reports on the findings from a study in Scotland. The study compared MRIs
Working Memory Training That Lasts
Recently the journal Developmental Psychology published a meta-analysis of research on the value of Working Memory Training. A meta-analysis is not original research but combines multiple studies and uses statistical
Facebook and Students’ Brains
I don’t know very many people who don’t have a Facebook account. And everyone who does have one seems to be using it more and more. That is, all but
A Glimmer of Understanding: New Concept Formation
When I was in college, I was fascinated with how humans learn and use language. I took every course I could find related to language — The Philosophy of Language,
Title I: Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Capacity Gap
Since it was first introduced in 1965, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education has sought to even the playing field by providing supplemental funding for schools with populations of students with low socio-economic status (SES).