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An online library of effective teaching techniques and methodologies which inspire enduring and meaningful learning.
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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.


Adolescence is an exciting time as teenagers become increasingly independent, begin to look forward to their lives beyond high school, and undergo many physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. In that last category, teenagers can learn to take charge of their developing brains and steer their thinking in positive and productive directions toward future college and career success.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 10, 1:38 PM
This makes sense. After infancy, adolescence from about 11 to 23 years, depending on the person, is the second most significant time for learning.
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Context Is Critical For Making Memories

Context Is Critical For Making Memories | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Very often, our memories must distinguish not just what happened and where, but when an event occurred— and what came before and after. New research shows that a part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories by their 'temporal context.' From brain scans of the hippocampus as the volunteers were answering questions, researchers could identify patterns of activity specific to each image. But when they showed the volunteers the same images in a different sequence, they got different patterns of activity. In other words, the coding of the memory in the hippocampus was dependent on its context, not just on content." | by Andy Fell


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5 Creative Ways to Help Students With ADHD Thrive in the Classroom | Edudemic

5 Creative Ways to Help Students With ADHD Thrive in the Classroom | Edudemic | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Recently, the NY Times ran an excellent article entitled: A Natural Fix for ADHD. In this piece, Dr. Richard Friedman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic at Weill Cornell Physicians, explores the neuroscience behind ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). In so doing, Friedman attempts to reframe our understanding of just what ADHD is, and how much more nuanced our approaches for treating it need to be."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 10, 2014 10:20 PM

This post from Edudemic explores ADHD in five areas:

* ADHD has long been a controversial topic

* The neuroscience behind ADHD

* When ADHD was an evolutionary advantage

* 5 Creative Approached

   - Get hands on

   - Vary the routine

   - Incorporate movement into your lesson plans

   - Teach mindfulness

   - Create a tutoring program

Many of us have students with ADHD in our classrooms, and we know that day to day the behavior changes. This post provides some background information that was certainly new to me as well as some ideas you might incorporate into lessons that may help all your students, not only those with ADHD. I would also recommend reading the NY Times article referenced above. It will provide additional information.