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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles for Brain-Based Education. Seven initial principles are proposed for discussion and it is hoped that more will be added over time. Brain-based learning means understanding these principles.

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Poverty Teaching- Brain Based

Closing the Poverty Gap – 3 Tips

Reprinted from ASCD When it works well, America’s public school system is designed to help students achieve at least one year of academic growth per school year. The problem? For students living in poverty, that’s not enough. In US public schools, 51% of students in public schools come from low-income families. Decades of research show that children from low-income homes start kindergarten trailin...

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Super Easy Memory Strategies

Super Easy Memory Strategies

3 Strategies to Try with Your Students Tomorrow Let’s admit it – as educators it can be tremendously frustrating when kids quickly forget the content we teach them.  In fact, besides dealing with challenging student behaviors, this may be the most common concern I hear from teachers, “My kids just forget the information so quickly.  I teach them the information they need to know and the next day i...

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TOO MANY MEN ON THE FIELD

TOO MANY MEN ON THE FIELD

Guys, sports, and parenting series #9 The number of times teams get caught with too many men on the field seems, well, too many.  Is it that we only have 10 fingers, and teams have 11 players that makes it tough to keep track at times? It was rare, but even Coach Baker in the chaos of injuries and changing plans got caught with too many players.  The excitement of everything going on and what he w...

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Sports and Teaching

THE STRONGEST MUSCLE IN SPORTS

Guys, sports, and parenting series #8 As football players, we used to spend a lot of time in the weight room trying to get more power out of our muscles.  Some of us spent more time than others, and while we did have some members of our team who went far in football, it wasn’t primarily their biceps that got them there, it was the strongest muscle in their body, their heart! No amount of time in t...

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ADHD: What to Know, What to Do

What to know First, let’s get the facts straight.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov): Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.9 million Percent of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 9.5% Percent of boys 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 13.5% Percent of girls 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.4...

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Teaching students HOW to study vs. TO study

Let’s face it, much of the work of school is memorization.  Math facts, spelling lists, state capitals, math formulas…lots and lots of things to memorize and those who do it well often get good grades and plenty of smiley faces on their papers.  What about the students who struggle with memorization?  Is there a way to help them? To briefly review, memory consists of both implicit memories, such a...

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Growing or Fixed? Changing Students’ Mindsets About Literacy

LeAnn Nickelsen offers a powerfully practical overview in the article on brainbaisedlearning.net entitled, Simple Strategies for Developing a Growth Mindset in Your Students.  This article will continue the dialogue of mindsets specifically to teachers of literacy. In a recent graduate class one of my students who is a literacy interventionist at a public elementary school decided to follow up on ...

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Building Trust in Educational Settings to Maximize Learning for All

(Parents, Students, Teachers, Principals, Coaches, and Administrators) BY:  LeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed. Trust is the Foundation “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing,” said Stephen R. Covey.  So, what is the main thing in education?  Is it Common Core?  Behavior/Character Education? Parent Involvement? Differentiated Instruction? Complex Text? Critical Thinking Skills? Blended Learni...

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Coaching teachers and Students

Feedback in Coaching

Pointers for Promoting Self-Reflection for Powerful Teacher Growth: Often the word feedback in the adult world might mean: “top-down judgement from another person who is not in my shoes.”  While coaching others, I want them to look forward to feedback, knowing that it will not be top-down, but rather an opportunity to self-reflect in order to grow and become a better teacher.  I want the teacher t...

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HOW TO PUT ON A JOCK STRAP

HOW TO PUT ON A JOCK STRAP

Guys, sports, and parenting series #7 I remember when we all stood nervously staring at this strange contraption our mothers had been required to buy for us.  A few had begun to try and put it on when coach walked in.  In his booming voice he grabbed a jock strap out of the nearest hand and said, “It goes on this way guys to keep your balls from getting stepped on”.  After a limited but sufficient...

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