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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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Empathy-Centered Schools: The Power Tools for Connecting and Moving People Forward Faster

“Atticus was right! One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird “Walk in a mile in another man’s moccasins before you criticize him.”  Native American Proverb #1  Introduction Did you know the more stressed-out we feel, the less empathy we might show toward other...

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teaching Brain

What we get to do: Hospitality in the classroom

Orange post-it note, #2 pencil and first grade spelling: “thank you for coming”, followed by 2 sketched balloons and a heart.  She handed it to me as I was lining up the 19 students in a classroom where I had been the substitute teacher for the day.  Such a genuine act of hospitality from someone I had just met, and not very old either.  4 words that made me feel noticed, appreciated and valuable....

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Printing money

Intaglio: Making money and deliberate teaching

Intaglio (/ɪnˈtæli.oʊ/ in-TAL-ee-oh; Italian: [inˈtaʎʎo]) is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. It is the direct opposite of a relief print. Our twins like money, so recently we toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Ft. Worth, Texas, which is one of two places in the US where US ...

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Grit, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset

Grit, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset

You can hardly read an education blog, a newsletter, or a mainstream publication today without hearing talk of topics like grit, growth mindset, perseverance, and resiliency. Do a quick internet search and you’ll find slogans like “Grit, don’t quit” and some creative folks have developed an acronym for Grit: Guts, Resilience, Initiative, and Tenacity.  So, what’s all the fuss about?  Is there reas...

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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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