Learning Resources

 

 

Learning and the Brain

 

  • Knowing How Your Mind Works is the Key to School Success-article 
    Leslie Williamson
  • Misunderstood Minds-website e-developed by PBS has a great deal of information and interactive activities to help children better understand the way they learn.-website
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  • Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain’s incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He’s researching ways to harness the brain’s plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.
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  • Neuroscience for Kids is a website created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.  Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system. There are numerous links to other web sites for you to explore. As a starting point, check out the multiple links all related to the structure and function of the neuron.
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  • Society of Neuroscience. (2008). Brain Facts, A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System: You can download chapters or the whole book from this website:
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  • The Brain from Top to Bottom is an interactive website on the human brain and behavior. You can explore this site via three different levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Information is also organized by different levels (social, psychological, neurological, cellular, molecular)
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  • The Secret Life of the Brain is a website which is a part of a PBS series. It provides a wide range of options for learning about the brain. Start here for a 3-D tour of the brain:
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  • The Power of Purposeful Reading-article
    Chris Tovani

 

Arts and Learning

  • Music artist Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.
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Creativity

 

Health and Learning

  • Development of the Healthy Pathways Child-Report Scales-article
    Katherine B. Bevans, Anne W. Riley and Christopher B.Forrest
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  • Making Developmental Behavioral Screening Work for School Aged Kids-article
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  • Renegade Lunch Lady, Ann Cooper: Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school –local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food. Ann Cooper cares — a lot — what kids eat for lunch. As the head of nutrition for Berkeley, California, schools, she serves organic, regionally sourced and sustainable meals to lots of lucky children.-video
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Exercise and Learning

  • Spark:The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain, John Ratey, MD-video
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  • A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain, John Ratey, MD-video
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  • Brain Gains:a short documentary featuring the effect of exercise on disengaged students
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  • Play is More Than Fun: Stuart Brown speaks about the importance of play for children and adults-video
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  • Creativity and play: a presentation by Jill Vialet, Founder and Executive Director of Playworks-video
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  • Teach Every Child About Food, Jamie Oliver: Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va.,TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food. Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children.-video
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Resources on Fixed vs. Growth Mindset


Carol Dweck on Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

Mindset Diagram Carol Dweck is referring to in video above


Power of a Growth Mindset

 

Motivation

 

Play and Learning

  • The Serious Need for Play-video
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  • Exercise Seen as Priming Pump for Students’ Academic Strides-video
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  • An ADD Med without Side Effects-video
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  • Taking Play Seriously-video
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Books, Articles, Strategies on the 8 Neurodevelopmental Constructs

Click on the title of the articles listed below to go to the title you are interested in reading.

Variability in Learning

  • Professor of education at Adelphi University, Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism at 18 months. He describes the role his parents and teachers played to help him develop into who he is today.http://www.learner.org/resources/series214.html– Choose video #23 (4:04 minutes)
  • A study by Dr. Matthew H. Schneps shows that while dyslexics have difficulty with reading, which involves central vision, they have an advantage with peripheral vision. http://www.learner.org/resources/series214.html  – Choose video #27(9:41 minutes)
  • Neuroscientist Tami Katzir (University of Haifa) discusses his work with Brooke Smith, who has only his right hemisphere, and how he discovers the way Brooke is able to read at all. http://www.learner.org/resources/series214.html – Choose video # 32 (8:32 minutes)