Judy Willis MD

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Tags Assessment
March 17, 2014

If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into authentic learning experiences from the beginning of each unit, while at the same time including...

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February 19, 2014

We are facing a problem with tests in education.

Students are strongly influenced by the implied messages they deduce from what is being tested, especially when the test is emphasized as high stakes in terms of their grades. Further, they can draw dangerous conclusions about their own...

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
January 10, 2014

The shift toward applying more executive function (EF) within learning and assessment will cause some discomfort in teachers and students. The transition will not eliminate the need for memorization, as automatic use of foundational knowledge is the toolkit for the executive functions....

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
November 19, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect

For many students, the brain isn't a hot topic of conversation. This is especially true for younger students who are still trying to understand the world around them, and are still far from developing physiological self-awareness of the very thing that gives them...

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
October 9, 2013

This series of blogs is to support you and your students during the transition period that will come with the CCSS. As the new testing and teaching styles promote more student independence, student-constructed learning and project-based learning, students will benefit from a powerful boost to...

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
October 2, 2013

Public high school students in large U.S. cities are more likely to drop out than ever before. Almost 80 percent of the students report that the main problem is boredom. When asked what bores them most, the most frequent responses were that the course material is neither interesting nor...

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
March 11, 2013

Access to successful learning for all students is a powerful equalizer that drives superior educational outcomes. The importance of equal access is credited with much of the academic progress in Finland, a country without private schools or standardized tests. "Since the 1980s, the...

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Tags New-Teacher Support
January 30, 2013

My August blog -- which included responses from experienced teachers about what they wish they’d known as beginners -- focused on students' emotions and classroom community. Now that we are several months into...

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Tags New-Teacher Support
August 23, 2012

This year I had the opportunity to work with many educators in national and global workshops. On two of these occasions, I asked the teachers to share their wisdom by answering the question, "What I know now that I wish I had known as a first year teacher is . . . "

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
July 27, 2012
"Neuroscience should be required for all students [of education] . . . to familiarize them with the orienting concepts [of] the field, the culture of scientific inquiry, and the special demands of what qualifies as scientifically based education research." - Eisenhart... Read More.
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Correlating neuroscience research to teaching strategies for success for all learners. Topics include Executive Function, Emotional Climate that Facilitates Brain Processing, Building Attentive Focus, Motivation and Positive Mindset, Mindfulness, Project Based Learn, Using what we've learned from the video game MODEL to increase engagement and perseverance in the classroon
University of California, Graduate School of Education; Edutopia, Psychology Today, NBC News Education Nation, American Academy of Neurology Media Consultant, Association of Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD), Learning and the Brain Consortium, Hawn Foundation Board of Directors