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Jun 26, 2017

Personalized learning – a data revolution

Who doesn’t want a world in which everything they interact with is tailored personally to them? The advent of big data and machine learning has moved us towards a place where this vision is being realized at an incredibly rapid pace, fueled by our ability to capture and store everything about ourselves – from the keystrokes on our computers to our genetic sequences and DNA. This has led to the rise of personalized medicine that selects procedures that work for our specific body chemistry, personalized advertising that shows us the brand of jeans that fits us best, and even learning ...

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Dec 05, 2016

Beyond Grit: The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation

"Your interests and your passion develop over time. I want to disabuse people of this mythology of 'it happens to you and if you're lucky, you find it, and then that's all you have to do.'" Angela Duckworth is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and the bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She is the Founder and Scientific Director of a non-profit, Character Lab, and in 2013 was named a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Recently, she joined Adam Grant for an evening of conversation as a part of the Authors@Wharton ...

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Jan 18, 2017

Has educational neuroscience actually had an impact on education so far?

Cognitive neuroscientist Silvia Bunge talks about the brain’s sensitive periods during childhood and adolescence, and about why reasoning skills are so important. Sabine Gysi: Is it necessary for the average elementary school teacher to know about changes in brain structure and function during childhood? And if so, why is it important? Silvia Bunge: Yes. I think it is absolutely important for several reasons. One is to appreciate how much the brain is changing over this time to allow children to focus more in class, remember more, interact more appropriately, inhibit their responses. Another is to remember that all of ...

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Feb 14, 2018

5 Second Rule

The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, apply the 5 second rule. Thank you Tom Bilyeu for this awesome collaboration. Subscribe to Tom's channel: https://www.youtube.com/tombilyeu

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Nov 04, 2017

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Educators want nothing more than for our students to feel successful and excited to learn, and to understand the importance of their education. We want our students' attention and respect to match our own. I believe that most if not all of our students desire the same, but walking through our classroom doors are beautifully complex youth who are neurobiologically wired to feel before thinking. Carrying In Educators and students are carrying in much more than backpacks, car keys, conversations, partially-completed homework, and outward laughter. Buried deep in the brain's limbic system is an emotional switching station called the ...

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Nov 04, 2017

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it up, James goes ballistic, throwing papers and books around the classroom and bolting out of the room and down the hall. He is finally contained in the vice principal’s office, where staff members try to calm him down. Instead, he kicks the vice principal in a frenzied effort to escape. The staff calls 911, and James ends up in the Emergency Room. To the uninitiated, James ...

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Nov 03, 2017

Information Processing Issues: What You Need to Know

If your child has a learning and attention issue, you may have heard the phrase information processing issues. That’s not a diagnosis. It’s a concept used in cognitive psychology as a way to understand several other learning issues. Here’s what it means. What Information Processing Is When psychologists use this term, they’re likening how the brain works to how a computer works. That includes how the mind collects information and how we use that data to do things. We collect information in many ways, including through sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. In computer terms, the ...

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Nov 03, 2017

Parents Should Avoid Pressuring Young Children Over Grades, ASU Study Says

New research from ASU suggests parents shouldn't obsess over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness. Doing so, the study says, can work against helping kids become well-adjusted and successful later in life. "When parents emphasize children's achievement much more than their compassion and decency during the formative years, they are sowing the seeds of stress and poorer well-being, seen as early as sixth grade," said Suniya Luthar, a Foundation professor of psychology at ASU and one of the co-authors of the study. "In order ...

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Nov 01, 2017

How to Help Kids Talk About Learning Disabilities

"I learn differently." Three small words that can make a world of difference for kids like me who grew up struggling with learning issues. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. If your child has a learning disability, getting her help—working with the school to get an effective IEP—is the first thing on your mind. But helping her get comfortable talking about it is also important. And for a lot of kids, opening up isn't as easy as it sounds. Why your child needs to speak up Without context, the symptoms of LD can look like laziness or disobedience, ...

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