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Does Your Brain’s Inner Chatter Matter?

Does Your Brain’s Inner Chatter Matter?

Having the ‘voice’ in your head is nearly universal. Maybe you just said to yourself, “What voice?” Yes, you have that voice. For some it is a never-ending inferno of misery and for others, it’s a daily friend and valued conscience. A quality inner voice can be a valuable asset in your life. It is literally the difference between the slippery path downhill or a solid, joyful life. Interested in kn...

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The Relationship-Building Tool The Pandemic Cannot Take Away

The bell is about to ring. You’re standing in the doorway, offering each student a high-five. You enter your classroom and crouch down at a student’s desk for a quick individual check-in. You offer an encouraging smile and a quick side-hug. As you start class, your alarm goes off. You wake up, panicked. It was another one of those dreams. One where you remember all the magical moments of relations...

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Let’s Re-start Your Post Pandemic Life Painlessly

The cries of “Wagons Ho!” echoed through the morning air. It was just another day in her family’s long journey west along the Oregon Trail in 1850. Her oxen trudged along the 2,000-mile trail, following the predictable ruts left by other wagon wheels – in some places up to 5 feet deep. Traveling life in a “rut” can be efficient and convenient. But 2020 dropped an enormous boulder on yo...

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Why Movement is SO Hard for Most Everyone (except you)!

In the stone age tribe (circa 10,000 B.C.) of Bedrock, Fred and Wilma Flintstone lived with ‘modern-day’ amenities such as foot-driven cars, gimmicky kitchen appliances, and suspect telephones. Those wacky, colliding worlds made the show a beloved cartoon. Yet, there’s another juxtaposition playing out daily in your brain in the year 2020. How you respond has a lasting impact on your health ...

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How to Win the Attentional Game of Tug-of-War

It’s a deafening roar: 35,000 screaming spectators have waited all year for this event. No, it is not baseball or football. It is an epic, old-school tug-of-war across the 2nd longest river in the U.S.A. Every August, a half-mile of rope (9 football fields) is stretched across the Mississippi River, between Illinois and Iowa. Even if you’ve never actually “played” or watche...

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A Fresh Look at Cultural Responsiveness

A Fresh Look at Cultural Responsiveness

How Culturally Responsive Teaching Re-Draws the Boundaries of the “In” Crowd Why is it that so many kids crave to be part of the “in” crowd? What do they hope to gain? Regardless of what they’re looking for, being a part of the “in” crowd is a healthy desire. We’re not talking popularity status. We’re talking about the astounding evidence that shows how students in the “in-group” and “out-group...

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The 3 Biggest Lies You’ve Been Taught About Stress and How You Can Go from Surviving to Thriving

The 3 Biggest Lies You’ve Been Taught About Stress and How You Can Go from Surviving to Thriving

For most educators, stress levels slowly ramp up over the first couple of months of school. The word on the street is many of you already feel like you’ve gone from 0 to 60 on a stress-o-meter! Yes, this school year brings unprecedented challenges. Every September we help you rise to the challenge. This  post’s self-care issue might be the most important ever because …

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The Overlooked Element of a “Safe” Return to School (Virtual or Face-to-Face)

The Overlooked Element of a “Safe” Return to School (Virtual or Face-to-Face)

Ensuring students and staff are physically safe is a top concern these days. But there is another, often overlooked, component of safety that schools must plan for as well. Ignore this and students might be physically safe in school, but learn little. Focus in on this and students’ capacity to learn opens up. What’s the big “THIS”? The Research Creating a safe learning environment for ...

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Attentional Mastery for the (Distracted) Teach-from-Home Educator

Attentional Mastery for the (Distracted) Teach-from-Home Educator

Now that you’re working more from home, do you find yourself distracted or scattered? Are you struggling to focus and finish a task? Your brain’s attentional system is being exposed to new challenges, both visible (looming house projects) and invisible (a global virus). With the right tools, you CAN foster skills to lock-in your attention and be highly productive. Here is what every educator worki...

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3 Powerful Tools for Brain-Powered Test-Prep

3 Powerful Tools for Brain-Powered Test-Prep

When it comes to testing, you might feel like your students experience some bizarre memory loss and forget all they have learned. Or, perhaps you question if they ever learned it in the first place? Either way, it can be frustrating for them and you. Supporting students’ brains to be at peak performance for an assessment IS possible. This post focuses on three key approaches to build high-pe...

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