Category Archives: Brain Research

Opinion: Learning faster without teachers


TED Talk: Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

A fascinating TED Talk…

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

Just watched this TED Talk… Started off slowly but then the speaker said a few things that made me sit up and listen. For example.

“The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t.”(Kathryn Schulz) 11:38

Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

Pretty nifty video. The thesis is very cool: The best questions are the ones that create the most uncertainty and if we ever want to do anything in life, we have to step into uncertainty.  Which is somewhat of a terrifying notion for me as a teacher, the idea of not knowing where a lesson or project or unit is going. I also love the importance of play that he talks about.

Meditating in a Fight School

Amidst Chaos, 15 Minutes of Quiet Time Helps Focus Students

February 9, 2012 | 10:36 AM | By  of Mind/Shift

“On a recent morning at Visitacion Valley Middle School in South San Francisco, Principal James Dierke looked out over the school’s auditorium at more than 100 eighth graders. A restless din filled the large room. Bursts of laughter and errant shouts punctuated the buzz. Most of the students seemed disinterested in Dierke’s announcements about the spring’s impending graduation, upcoming field trips, and recent birthdays.

Then, Dierke struck a bell and said, “Okay, it’s quiet time.”

And just like that, a hush fell over the auditorium. Students straightened their backs and closed their eyes. Some bowed their heads. Others rested them on the backs of their chairs. The once-boisterous hall became silent and remained so for the next 15 minutes.

“Visitors are always amazed,” Dierke said afterwards, “but it works. It really is …”

National Geographic: Teenage Brains

National Geographic article:

National Geographic Society

Beautiful Brains

Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.

By David Dobbs
Photograph by Kitra Cahana

Although you know your teenager takes some chances, it can be a shock to hear about them.

One fine May morning not long ago my oldest son, 17 at the time, phoned to tell me that he had just spent a couple hours at the state police barracks. Apparently he had been driving “a little fast.” What, I asked, was “a little fast”? Turns out…