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Growing the Creative Executive Brain

motivatedbrain #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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A New Definition of Rigor

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-16-04-am Educators across the country are discussing “Rigor” and how to incorporate it into their classroom instruction:   “Our lessons must be more rigorous.” “We must increase the rigor of our assessments.” “Does this book possess the necessary rigor for that
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Does Your Brain Want to Learn? 5 Strategies to Promote Active Processing

motivatedbrain #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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Pokémon Go (Uh-Oh)!

image Come one, come all- Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth! “Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you. So get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the
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Stimulating Students’ Brains to Seek Learning

motivatedbrain #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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A Lifesaver for Educators Drowning in Initiatives

kevin blog 1 As I travel to schools and districts throughout the country, one of the greatest challenges about which I hear educators complain is the overwhelming number of initiatives. When asked to elaborate, these educators indicate there is simply not enough time
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Assessment, Evaluation and High Stakes Testing

Image 1   Well fellow educators, it appears that it is that time again.  You know it is coming, but every year it seems to sneak up on us a little earlier.  Much like seeing Christmas decorations pop up on shelves before
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Finding Your Best Route to Thinking Maps

Route Many journeys begin with a map. This tool guides the direction we take to keep us focused on the course and, often times, the shortest or most desirable route to a destination. We refer to that map and current location,
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5 Reminders for a Brain-Friendly Classroom

motivatedbrain 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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To Shift School Culture, You Need a Map

Cabinet - THORNTON, Hanan pic1 As the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Magnolia School District, I have learned that quality professional development is the first key step to any effective instructional initiative. But a true culture shift is a longer and more complex process
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