Helping Children Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning Needs
I knew it was important to get at the root of the issues and provide the supports that Charlie needs. When we started, he and I didn’t have a way to talk about the struggles. Kids don’t know why they struggle or why something is hard for them. They just struggle. Conversations about school work just seemed to make him more anxious. It was time for a different approach.
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
The need for critical thinking skills in today’s world is more pervasive than ever. Critical thinking is vital for academic achievement as well as for success in the workplace. In this webinar, Lemi-Ola Erinkitola, founder of The Critical Thinking Child will address some underappreciated facets of helping children become critical thinkers.chools.
Toward a New Understanding of Intelligence
It’s time to throw out our old mental models of intelligence and start to embrace what David Shenk in his popular book of the same title, “the genius in all of us.”
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.
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
Emphasize the “Learning” in “Extended Learning Time”
There seem to be a lot of people talking about extending the school day lately. On the pro side of the argument are those who believe that our students’ ability
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
Cognitive Skills and Gifted Students
Giftedness, like most other labels in education, can become rather complex when we look below the surface. Only recently has neuroscience begun to take a look at giftedness and the research may already be calling into question some of the conventional wisdom on the criteria for “gifted and talented” and how to support gifted students, including those who also have learning disabilities (twice exceptional).
Teacher Effectiveness and Student Ability
An op-ed in this morning’s Chicago Tribune holds that the way student learning is measured is flawed because it assumes that all students come with the same cognitive ability to learn.
Cognitive Training is for the Gifted Too
Sometimes when I talk to an educator or a parent about BrainWare Safari and cognitive skills, he or she will assume that the program is only for struggling learners or