Fostering a Growth Mindset: In Your Students and Yourself
Much has been written about the concept of a Growth Mindset, based on the seminal work of Dr. Carol Dweck at Stanford. The research is clear. Individuals with a growth mindset – that is, who believe that intelligence and talent can be developed – do better than those who think that talent is innate and that intelligence doesn’t change much.
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.
What Neuroscience Does and Doesn’t Contribute to Teaching and Learning
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brainy Reading Suggestions
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.
What Great Teachers and Great Salespeople Have in Common
For some, this comparison will seem obvious. For some, it will seem curious, at first blush. For some, it will seem preposterous, or even insulting. I hope that, like most good analogies, the aptness of the comparison ultimately enlightens.