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Would you rather experience physical pain or boredom?

Imagine this: you are alone in a room with nothing to do.  No cell phone, no book to read or TV to watch, no other people to talk to.  Just you and your thoughts for 15 minutes. For those of us who spend time around kids all day, that sounds like a dream come true, right? But, how much downtime can our brains tolerate?  How long can we endure a seemingly boring environment before we seek out somet...

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How much does an organized environment matter to the brain?

We’ve all seen them – messy desks, cluttered classrooms with piles of stuff everywhere, and learning environments so disorganized that we wonder how anything is accomplished.  Common sense, along with a bunch of research, tells us that environments matter.  The way we organize the space, the traffic flow, the placement of visuals and work spaces, and the things like bulletin boards all...

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You’ve Heard of the 30 Million Word Gap?  There’s More to the Story

You’ve Heard of the 30 Million Word Gap? There’s More to the Story

Many of us are familiar with the groundbreaking work done by professors Betty Hart and Todd Risley commonly referred to as the 30 Million Word Gap.  Their research followed 42 families for 2 ½ years in order to record the types of interactions that take place in homes while those families raised their children.  Focusing on children ages 1-2, they sought to understand the impact of different socia...

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Building inner motivation!

Building inner motivation!

Teacher readiness series #12 I’m not nearly as concerned about student readiness for school as I am about teacher readiness.  This is a very important article for those of us who are looking to make improvements in our student success in the future.  Students walk into classrooms with a built-in motivation to succeed and a built-in deterrent to avoid failure.  The younger they are, the more straig...

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Emotions 101!

Emotions 101!

Teacher readiness series #11 I’m not nearly as concerned about student readiness for school as I am about teacher readiness.   One of the ways in which we need to be ready as teachers, especially in the primary grades, is to understand how emotional capabilities are developed. Every year as a kindergarten teacher my wife experiences multiple situations like the following.  My wife will do somethin...

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Student Play strategy

Play, play, play!

In case your school has begun cutting back on recess to allow for more teacher-directed student instructional time, I’d like to clarify one additional way in which movement and exercise, which is at the heart of play, actually increase the academic capability of your students.

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How does choosing time solve problems?

How does choosing time solve problems?

Teacher readiness series #9 I’m not nearly as concerned about student readiness for school as I am about teacher readiness.  I was amused this past year when my wife, a kindergarten teacher, came home and announced they were no longer to have choosing time.  Choosing time, for any of you who do not know, is a time when students are free to go to various play areas and engage in free play.  Why was...

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Safety

Safety

Teacher readiness series #8 I’m not nearly as concerned about student readiness for school as I am about teacher readiness.  If a student feels unsafe, there is an immediate physiological response which changes how their brain works.  In an extreme example, if your student was attacked by a vicious dog, their body would be flooded with chemicals called glucocorticoids that increase their heart rat...

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