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Critical Child Development Sequences and Milestones, via Charlotte Davies

I have long taken an interest in the posts of Charlotte Davies. Her specialism is in cognitive and development issues and the impact of underdevelopment on the potential of young … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain. Read more here: Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Interoceptive Input and Sensory Processing Disorder

This issue is beyond my expertise and experience, but I include it to show how our growing understanding of the science and neuroscience of life and learning has the ability … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Vital Neuroscientific Information For the Classroom

Here’s a thought… in planning learning, what if the structure of the lesson was based not on Into, Body, Plenary or some such structure, and instead aimed to achieve that … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

How – and Why – to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students | Edutopia

Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways. Students who were asked to draw what they’d learned were nearly twice as likely to remember … Continue reading

March 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Meta-Learning: The Art of Learning How to Learn Deeper and Better | Medium

Meta-learning is about understanding yourself and your limitations and then seeking out new or better ways to improve yourself without limiting yourself to one particular field. It can be applied … Continue reading

March 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen. | The Guardian

Social media and many other facets of modern life are destroying our ability to concentrate. We need to reclaim our minds while we still can. Prof Barbara Demeneix, a leading … Continue reading

February 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Executive Function Strategies

December 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Micro Habit Stacking – 25 Small Changes To Improve Your Life | Medium

Building habits in small ways is a sustainable approach that doesn’t overwhelm your brain. A small action daily is infinitely better and more impactful than a massive change you can’t … Continue reading

November 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Microlearning Principle: Shorter, Bite-Sized Learning Improves Retention by up to 80% | Medium

Small bites of learning can be highly effective for busy professionals and everyone who values learning but don’t have time for intensive learning. Read the article here: The Microlearning Principle: … Continue reading

September 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why We Remember More by Reading – Especially Print – Than From Audio or Video | The Conversation

There is growing evidence that people tend to think of digital media as entertainment, so they devote less mental effort than when they’re reading a printed book. So what does … Continue reading

August 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

What the Pandemic Is Doing to Our Brains | The Atlantic

We have been doing this so long, we’re forgetting how to be normal. I’ve started keeping a list of questions, remnants of a past life that I now need a … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why Teachers May Want to Try Writing as a Hobby | Edutopia

Engaging in writing—whether fiction or nonfiction—has immense benefits, including improved critical thinking and better memory. Whether you’re interested in beginning or you’re reworking your life as a writer, you might … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

New Directions in Learning

I am indebted to Michael McKnight for sharing this diagram which sets some clear directions for resetting learning and education for the 21st century. Discuss… Further reading: Neuroscience and Education: … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Five Things to Learn in 2021 | BBC Bitesize

Learning something new is a great way to keep your brain active. From computer programming to the art of calligraphy, there are plenty of strings you could add to your … Continue reading

January 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Saga Briggs on Deeper Learning

As part of the perpetual challenge to improve the quality of learning, there is an increasing interface between educational research and metacognition to explore what has been termed the DEEPS … Continue reading

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills. Read more here: The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia   … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle | Edutopia

Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. We sometimes treat learning like a switch that is turned on or off—either students … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills | Edutopia

I’ve often promoted STEM-based activities through the blog and I believe they have a vital role to play in encouraging more active and experimental thinking and experiential learning in schools. … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why do we remember things differently? | BBC Bitesize

Ever disagreed with a friend about a childhood memory? Maybe you couldn’t agree on what happened in a film you saw, how it ended, or even the cinema where you … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Neuroscience Game-Changer: Connectivity Issues and Learning Difficulties

  I’ve spoken before about the disconnect between neuroscience research, with its complexity and nuance, and practical guidance for educators. A new report on the source of learning difficulties has … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Template for Neurodiversity

Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Revision: The Acquisition, Retention and Recall of Information For Examinations

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most insightful. This one came via Jon Tait on Linked In and he recognised something I noticed when students are revising. Often they spend … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Does it matter which path? | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
Image acknolwedgement https://www.prweb.com In teaching and learning terms that is. Asking somebody to do something or giving instructions to be followed is an everyday thing but…

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Question Everything

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to re-learn

November 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Neurodiversity in the workplace | ACAS

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about. However, learning more about neurodiversity and taking steps to better support it in workplaces can … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

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