Categorical Thinking: The brain automatically wants to sort ideas into patterns and categories. This helps the brain organize and remember information. We can help children strengthen these skills. This blog post gives reason why categorizing is important and several suggestions on how to help children with this important skill. #categoricalthinking #categories #sorting #patterns #elementarymatters
An Honest Assessment - The Effortful Educator
How can teachers know what information to cover during retrieval practice? Here are three criteria I consider when constructing retrieval practice opportunities for my students
Illustrating Homographs to Internalize Learning
Illustrating Homophones: Children internalize learning by integrating the arts into their daily learning. This post tells about visualizing and illustrating to remember homographs
Ten Brain Based Learning Strategies
Research on the brain helps us know what helps children remember, and what doesn't. Here are 10 successful strategies for the classroom.
Our brains appear uniquely tuned for musical pitch
Tuned for Musical Pitch: NIH-funded scientists found that our brains may be uniquely sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to speech or music.
60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards
5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques Teachers can guide students to avoid ineffective studying habits in favor of ones that will increase their learning outcomes.
This article from Greater Good was written by Louis Cozolino, PhD. It features a list of 9 different brain characteristics that teachers must know about.
10 Beneficial Things to Know About Brain-Based Learning Instruction
Here are 10 beneficial things about brain-based learning instruction which have helped teachers improve the education of many students immeasurably.
I’m a Neuroscientist. Here’s How Teachers Change Kids’ Brains. - EdSurge News
Teachers change brains. While we often don’t think of ourselves as brain changers, when we teach we have an enormous impact on our students’ cognitive ...
Instrument of torture? In defence of the recorder
Many school music teachers aren't trained recorder players. And cheap and badly made recorders are often sold in discount stores. But this an instrument with a fine musical pedigree.
Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First
Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Teachers tend to ignore the need for self-care. Here are some ideas to help teachers keep their strength so they can do their jobs.
Learning fine motor coordination changes the brain - Neuroscience News
Study identifies a population of neurons in an area of the midbrain, called the red nucleus, that alter when fine motor skills are learned. The more an action is practiced, the stronger the connections between these neurons become.