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Why Do Schools Stifle Kids' Movement?

Why Do Schools Stifle Kids' Movement? | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Children acquire knowledge by acting and then reflecting on their experiences, but such opportunities are increasingly rare in school.
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Learning and Motion go together.
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This Explains Why Social Media Is Irresistible To Teen Brains

This Explains Why Social Media Is Irresistible To Teen Brains | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
They are hard-wired to respond to all those 'likes.'
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Studying  kids and social media are important avenues to understanding how to approach teaching and learning.
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Want Smart Kids? Make Sure They Learn to Do This

Want Smart Kids? Make Sure They Learn to Do This | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
There's a brain-building skill schools are teaching less and less.
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More brain and hand connections have been noted.
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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn! | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Young people experiencing anxiety or depression are unable to learn. We can overcome this through physical movement, focused attention practices, and teaching them about how brains work.
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More about how mindfullness, movement and safety are essential to learning!
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Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Excessive screen time damages the brain's gray and white matter, alters cerebral cortex thickness, and impairs cognitive function according to recent brain scan research. But "everything's okay in moderation," right? The real question is, how is seven hours/day of screen-time moderate? Are kids with "regular" screen exposure damaging their brains too?
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More evidence that parents need to be aware of and limit screen time.

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10 reasons why making music is good for your brain

10 reasons why making music is good for your brain | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
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6. Slows brain aging

Brain gains made from playing an instrument apparently don't wane as you age either. Studies show that speech-processing and memory benefits extend well into your golden years — even if your musical training stopped after childhood. A new Canadian study found that older people who had musical training when they were
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Those music lessons really do pay off; more evidence that state mandates at the expense of the arts is the wrong direction.

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The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it

In 2004, Frank Coffield, professor of education at the University of London, led research into the 13 most popular models of learning styles and found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to cater teaching techniques to various learning styles. And a 2008 study by Harold Pashler, psychology professor at UC San Diego, was scathing. Despite the preponderance of the learning styles concept “from kindergarten to graduate school,” and a “thriving industry” devoted to such guidebooks for teachers, Pashler found there wasn’t rigorous evidence for the concept. He wrote: Although the literature on learning styles is enormous, very few studies have even used an experimental methodology capable of testing the validity of learning styles applied to education. Moreover, of those that did use an appropriate method, several found results that flatly contradict the popular meshing hypothesis. We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning styles assessments into general educational practice.


Via Peter Mellow, Miloš Bajčetić
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This is one of several articles I read recently. Research marches on, challenging what we all came to believe.

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Why teachers should reconsider their beliefs about learning

Why teachers should reconsider their beliefs about learning | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
'Teachers, as the saying goes, teach the way they were taught rather than the way they were taught to teach.'
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Alfie Kohn is at it again and his insights are worth a read and some thought about how we teach and learn.

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The Tantalizing Links Between Gut Microbes and the Brain

The Tantalizing Links Between Gut Microbes and the Brain | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists are probing the idea that intestinal microbiota might influence brain development and behaviour
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It will be interesting to see how this study ends.

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Neuromyths in Education | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Neuromyths in Education | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
 
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These are common beliefs among educators but I would like to read more about what studies make them myths.

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Childhood stress can leave changes in the adult brain

Childhood stress can leave changes in the adult brain | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
A new study finds that young men who had experienced lots of stress early in life carried a lasting legacy — changes in the size and shape of their brains.
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Mindfulness might be able to mitigate some of this stress.

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Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention

Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
UB researcher's findings point to the value of word sounds over visual processing during reading instruction or when diagnosing and treating reading...
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Study provides some insight on how brains decode and use information both visually and orally.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.
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The challenge is to find things that make kids curious.

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The benefits of handwriting vs typing [infographic]

The benefits of handwriting vs typing [infographic] | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
With computers, tablets, and phones taking over most of our tasks, can an convincing argument still be made that the pen is mightier than the sword?
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Despite the fact that it is sponsored by the pen industry, this infographic is informative and shows research.
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15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research - InformED

15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research - InformED | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Think you know everything there is to know about smart studying? You may be surprised by some of the past year’s research. Below are 15 new insights on how to prep for exams and boost your academic achievements in general. 1. Learn slightly differently each time. When acquiring a new skill, make slight changes during each... Read More
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This gives some great study tips for anyone trying new tasks.
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How physical exercise makes your brain work better

How physical exercise makes your brain work better | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas
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It's not only children who need to move to get stuff into their brains.
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Put That Phone Down Mom! Fragmented Baby Care Can Affect Brain Development

Put That Phone Down Mom! Fragmented Baby Care Can Affect Brain Development | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Neuroscience News has recent neuroscience research articles, brain research news, neurology studies and neuroscience resources for neuroscientists, students, and science fans and is always free to join. Our neuroscience social network has science groups, discussion forums, free books, resources, science videos and more.
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I hope this is the first of many studies on this topic.

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How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience - InformED

How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience - InformED | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Hemingway once wrote a six-word novel that reads as follows: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." What makes it famous, other than the author? Neuroscient
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An old art form with a real impact on learning. It is now measurable.

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Education Research Highlights From 2015

Education Research Highlights From 2015 | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
A look at the research that made an impact in 2015, from the benefits of well-designed classroom spaces to the neuroscience behind exercise and math ability.
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Edutopia continues to add to the body of how learning works. Good summary!

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Can You Really 'Train' Your Brain? - YouTube

Brain training games claim to improve your memory, attention, and reasoning skills. Some even say they help prevent the onset of dementia. Problem is, they d...
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Research on brain training

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Our brain’s ability to change has big implications for learning

Our brain’s ability to change has big implications for learning | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
The brain has an amazing ability to change and that ability has countless implications for education, about 600 teachers and other education professionals were told Friday. Every time a person learns a fact or a skill, they have changed their brain, said Lara Boyd, a brain researcher and professor at the University of B.C. This ability of the brain to change itself is called neuroplasticity.
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Interesting that this study reveals the connection between brain activity and learning.

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Pediatricians Rethink Screen Time Policy for Children

Pediatricians Rethink Screen Time Policy for Children | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics is revising its recommendation that parents avoid all screen time for children under age 2 and limit it to two hours a day for older children.
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It is good that people are coming to realize that there are many types of screen time.

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WeAreTeachers: Have You Ever Wondered What's Going On Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader?

WeAreTeachers: Have You Ever Wondered What's Going On Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader? | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Brain differences play a big role in reading challenges, but new research is demonstrating that kids can overcome them.
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Added to the new research about the effect poverty has on developing brains, this article adds substance to some of the problems these students have that are not culture related.

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Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read

Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
An energetic researcher finds that self-control and grit are the most important tools students need to succeed.
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While this is not completely about the brain, it has a lot to do with the kinds of things that are important in success. 

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Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Browse a list of resources, articles, videos, and links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.
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Wow, this is an exciting place where everything is nicely arranged. What a treasure!

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