This post is part of a series on executive function. Here I will cover the arts and the neuroscience of joyful learning.
Children's brains need to acquire memory associations that link pleasure with learning. The creative arts can provide this link through...Read More.
Before information can be processed through executive functions, it must reach the prefrontal cortex (PFC), where higher order thinking occurs. The pathway to the PFC has potential roadblocks in the form of an information intake filter and an emotional switching station that determines if input...Read More.
For young brains to retain information, they need to apply it. Information learned by rote memorization will not enter the sturdy long-term neural networks in the pre-frontal cortex (PFC) unless students have the opportunity to actively recognize relationships to their prior knowledge and/or...Read More.
The High Cost of Over-Packed Curriculum Standards
For 21st century success, students will need skill sets far beyond those that are mandated in the densely packed standards -- and that's evaluated on bubble tests. In the near future, success will depend on accelerated rates of...Read More.
Former neurologist and teacher Judy Willis MD continues with her six-part series on how young brains develop neurologically. This post covers the benefits of writing, particularly for logical functions like math and science learning.
As science and math are slated for more...Read More.
Former neurologist and teacher Judy Willis will be presenting a six-part series on how young brains develop neurologically; she'll also offer some research-based classroom strategies to teach critical thinking and other 21st century skills.
Understanding How the Brain Works...Read More.
Imagine you are placed in the following scenarios:
- You are dropped off at the top of a ski resort's steepest run when you've only had experience on the beginner slopes.
- You have to spend your day on the bunny hill when you're an expert skier.
- You play a...
The popularity of video games is not the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching strategies. Games insert players at their achievable challenge level and reward player effort and practice with acknowledgement of incremental goal progress, not just final product....Read More.
Today's guest blogger is Judy Willis. A former neurologist, Judy is now is an elementary and middle school teacher as well as the author of numerous books on the brain and learning. This post is an excerpt from her latest,Read More.