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Growing the Creative Executive Brain

#5 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   How many times have you heard, or even said, “My students can’t do that!”  I remember when the graduation
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Does Your Brain Want to Learn? 5 Strategies to Promote Active Processing

#4 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   So far in this series we’ve talked about the importance of stimulating the SEEKING system of the brain through
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Stimulating Students’ Brains to Seek Learning

#3 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   Okay, I am not a neuroscientist, so some of the information in this book is more technical than I really care about,
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5 Reminders for a Brain-Friendly Classroom

As I noted in my last blog, “Serious Play“, The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt (2015) is an intriguing read.  The first chapter reviews the important research on the brain and motivation that most
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Serious Play

Recently I began a new book from ASCD, The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt (2015). Now that is a title that will get the attention of any educator! I have not gotten very far
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The Purpose of Education

Originally published July 2012   I was intrigued recently by an article in the July, 2012, Education Update from ASCD. Willona M. Sloan provides a concise overview of a variety of perspectives on the purpose of education in America over
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10 Ways To Build Movement Into Your Secondary Lessons

  How did you feel the last time you had to sit through a long meeting, a full day of staff development, three days of staff development?  As I always remind teachers at the end of a day of training,
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Reinventing High School

  In September, 2105, XQ: The Super School Project was launched; a challenge to America to reinvent high school. If you have any interest in seeing American education step out of its institutional box and become real education for our
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First Inspire And Build Trust

In his 2009, TEDxTalk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” Simon Sinek describes a pattern to the way successful leaders communicate:  Begin with the “why,” the purpose, the reason you’re doing what you’re doing.  It’s the clear communication of this purpose
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Back to School: Setting the Stage with Thinking Maps

I was inspired by Barry Saide in his piece “What Our Classroom Walls Communicate” in ASCD’s Education Update, July 2015. Just the title brought pictures to my mind of my own classroom walls years ago. But my mind also recalled
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