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Science of Learning: Three Brain-Informed Reasons to Focus on Adolescent Education

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While children in the early years of education increasingly experience curricula and learning tools based in the science of learning (SOL), children in middle and high school—particularly those from historically underserved populations—endure traditional “common sense” approaches that go against what researchers know about the developing brain. The growing research on adolescence in the SOL reveals that investment in secondary schools is essential to ensure students graduate prepared for college and a career.
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Islands of Personality and Trains of Thought

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In her third post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels explores visualizing the memories and emotions that inform students' identities and shape their cognitive processes.
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How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
‘We evolved a brain that routinely scans for bad news both internally and externally, and when we find the bad news we tend to focus down upon it.’
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Resources on Learning and the Brain

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Browse a list of articles, videos, and other links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.
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Great New Video: "When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right"

Great New Video: "When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right" | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Jo Boaler, a math professor at Stanford, recently released this great video. Though it talks about math, it would be a good one to show to any class – it’s a good intro to Social Emotional Learning
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.
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Think It Up

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These 9 findings have very strong implications for mathematics classrooms.
If acted upon they could unleash the potential of millions more students.
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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A few ideas for dealing with teens and their peculiarities culled from a recent book  by Dr. Daniel Siegel, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.

 

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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

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This short article is geared more towards elementary educators but I think the main idea of it is still pertinent to high school educators--that kids should understand how their brains work so that they can understand how they learn. The term we used to throw around in education classes was "metacognition."  Also, I'm a big believer in telling teens about how their brains work in order to make the point that it is dangerous to expose them to various toxic substances.

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The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs

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To help young people cope with stress and a rapidly developing brain, educate them about the "natural highs" of beneficial brain chemistry triggered by exercise and passion.
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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

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“[Adolescence is] a stage of life when we can really thrive, but we need to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Temple University neuroscientist Laurence Steinberg at a Learning and the Brain conference in Boston. Steinberg has spent his career studying how the adolescent brain develops and believes there is a fundamental disconnect between the popular characterizations of adolescents and what’s really going on in their brains.
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Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

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Adolescence could be a time of explosive academic learning if what's taught can be connected to the central preoccupation of young people -- their identities.
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Study: Both sides of the brain process numbers

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New research suggests humans use both sides of the brain to visualize and process numbers. Math -- cerebrally speaking -- is a tag-team effort.
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New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There's a lot of stuff about happiness on the internet, but what do neuroscientists say can *really* make you happy? Here are 4 things backed by research.
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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Engaging in creative activities, such as making music and art, helps the brain get better at solving problems. 

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