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Jun 26, 2017

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children

On a summer day in 1968, professor Julian Stanley met a brilliant but bored 12-year-old named Joseph Bates. The Baltimore student was so far ahead of his classmates in mathematics that his parents had arranged for him to take a computer-science course at Johns Hopkins University, where Stanley taught. Even that wasn't enough. Having leapfrogged ahead of the adults in the class, the child kept himself busy by teaching the FORTRAN programming language to graduate students.Unsure of what to do with Bates, his computer instructor introduced him to Stanley, a researcher well known for his work in psychometrics — the ...


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 ...


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 ...


Feb 17, 2017

Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.

When my girlfriends and I share stories about our first jobs, we shake our heads at our meekness. Susan recalls her boss at a company in Paris. "She would fly off the handle at the smallest things, screaming, 'Vous êtes nul!' — 'You are nothing!' " Susan would retreat to the bathroom to cry. "I was a good student and had never had an experience where I felt like I was failing all the time," she says. "I didn't have the confidence to fix it or leave."My friend Shari felt that paralysis when she was working at a magazine in ...


Jan 07, 2013

Understanding, Diagnosing, and Coping with Slow Processing Speed

It's not unusual for gifted students to have slow processing speed. Of itself, slow processing speed is not a formal learning disability, but having it can frustrate students, teachers, and parents. As a clinical child psychologist specializing in assessing and treating students with attention deficit disorders and other learning problems, I often hear parents tell me their very bright child isn't finishing her classwork or that homework takes hours and hours to complete. Through observation or formal assessment of their child, these parents have been told that the child has slow processing speed.Understanding the role of slow ...


Apr 29, 2016

7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do

You don’t "find your calling," you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life).Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat after getting laid off, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s one of those phrases people toss about. But StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with it … specifically, the verb.“Finding your calling — it’s not passive,” he says. “When people have found their calling, they’ve made tough decisions and sacrifices in order to do ...


Mar 27, 2016

A Few Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students

A parent recently asked me for advice about her son. Although his academic skills are strong, he feels the need to complete every task to absolute perfection; this means he finishes his work long, long after the rest of his peers. Not only are his teachers frustrated by the time it takes him to complete assignments, he doesn’t especially enjoy spending hours every night making all of his work just right.It’s easy enough to say we want all our students to work at their own pace, and in most classrooms, some flexibility is built in to allow ...


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 InEducators 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 amygdala, ...


Oct 23, 2016

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

School librarian Mary Ann Scheuer remembers a second grader who couldn’t keep up with the class during reading time. The child was a grade-level behind in reading, and while the rest of the class could sit quietly for 30 minutes, engrossed in Horrible Harry, this child began to act out after ten frustrating minutes with the book. On Scheuer’s recommendation, the teacher introduced the student to the same story via an audiobook; he listened to the story, and then sat alone with the book to read on his own. Scheuer recalls the boy saying, “I read it so much ...


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 upWithout context, the symptoms of LD can look like laziness or disobedience, and, ...


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 IsWhen 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 information ...


Aug 26, 2017

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

The latest buzzword in U.S. public education these days is personalized learning.Depending on whom you ask, the term refers to a model, a strategy, a plan, or just plain old good instruction. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. It is either impossible without technology or requires no technology at all. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer.The excitement ...


Oct 28, 2016

Stress and your child's brain

Stress! Bad for the body! Bad for the brain! We’ve seen the articles, watched the 11 o’clock news reports on the “silent killer,” and complained to friends and family about how stressed-out we are. While we all know that adult stress can lead to serious illnesses such as ulcers and hypertension, we don’t associate these maladies with children.But research suggests that chronically stressed children do pay a heavy price. In fact, they are at risk of cognitive damage, because their brains are not yet fully developed.A host of statistics suggest that American children are indeed experiencing ...


Sep 06, 2013

The myth of the creative-right vs analytical-left brain: debunked

I’m a neuroscientist by training. Popular culture would label me ‘logical, detail-oriented and analytical’. But when I was in high school, I considered applying to art school and pursuing career as a painter. Had I followed that path in life, would I be considered ‘creative, thoughtful and free-spirited’?No doubt you’ve heard people say that the left side of the brain is the logical and analytical, whereas the right side of the brain is artistic and creative. Personality or cognitive processes (ways of thinking) are thought to be cultivated on one side of the brain or other giving ...


Sep 01, 2017

What Personalized Learning Is Not

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!” “I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’ learning because I don’t have enough devices for all of my students.” These are just two of the statements I hear from teachers about the challenges of facilitating personalized learning. As an instructional technology coach for a large district in the metropolitan Atlanta area, I serve several ...


Aug 09, 2016

What Teens Need Most From Their Parents

The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks.A flood of new research offers explanations for some of these mysteries. Brain imaging adds another kind of data that can help test hypotheses and corroborate teens' own accounts of their behavior and emotions. Dozens of recent multiyear studies have traced adolescent development through time, rather than comparing sets of adolescents at a single point.The new longitudinal research is changing scientists' views on the role parents play ...


Apr 29, 2016

When Kids are Bullied, What Can Parents Do?

It’s no mystery that being bullied hurts. Whatever form the abuse takes—whether it’s being tripped, teased, excluded, mocked, insulted, gossiped about, or ridiculed, in-person or via social media—the target suffers. Beyond the short-term pain, such mistreatment can have lasting mental and physical health effects as well, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics .Parents also struggle. Though desperate to help their ailing child, parents can’t lurk in hallways and lunchrooms waiting to protect their off-spring from social harm.Compounding the difficulty is the child’s own resistance to calling in Mom and Dad for aid. “Kids ...


May 25, 2016

Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math

Because noncognitive qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control, optimism, and conscientiousness are often described, with some accuracy, as skills,educators eager to develop these qualities in their students quite naturally tend to treat them like the skills that we already know how to teach: reading, calculating, analyzing, and so on. And as the value of noncognitive skills has become more widely acknowledged, demand has grown for a curriculum or a textbook or a teaching strategy to guide us in helping students develop these skills. If we can all agree on the most effective way to teach the Pythagorean theorem, can’t ...


Jun 22, 2018

Can passion make better teachers and cure Indonesia’s poor learning level?

After decades, 89% of Indonesian children are in schools. But only a few are actually learning well as shown in the results of Indonesian National Assessment Program. Indonesia was also still ranked in the lowest ten in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Thus, following a recent global trend in education, Indonesia should shift its education goal from enrolment to include learning. How?Research shows the teacher is a key to learning improvement. What teachers know, do and care about accounts for 30% of success in students’ learning. According to an interview with an officer with a national agency, Indonesia has ...