Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Active music-making can be an easy and enjoyable way for educators who work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and skills during this very active time of brain development. In this edWebinar, Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz shared some recent research in the fields of music and brain development, reviewed key concepts, and demonstrated new music activities and techniques that can be used to naturally support young children’s brain development—all while having fun!
This edWebinar explored the role of physical movement and activity in increasing children’s executive function. Dr. Lynne Kenney highlighted research findings and techniques for integrating physical exercises and computer-based cognitive activities to increase students’ focus, self-control and memory.
In the education world, “rigor” is one of the most misunderstood terms resulting in frustration, misaligned intentions and missed opportunities for the design of rich student learning experiences. Walk away with a clear and concrete understanding of RIGOR and a strategy to determine alignment of complexity to the student task resulting in High-Impact Learning Experiences within High-Impact Learning Environments.
During this webinar, attendees experienced at least ten of the 20 strategies that all teachers should use to deliver instruction, regardless of the grade level or content area of the student. These brain-compatible strategies are used most often in kindergarten but should be used by all teachers to maximize memory and minimize forgetting. When teachers provide visuals and storytelling and students have opportunities to draw, sing, and move, content is remembered.
Is my child behind if he is not reading by four? Will my child be okay if she prefers to play in the mud instead of write her letters? How can I make sure that a child will be successful in school? This fun and creative webinar provided answers to these and many other questions you are asked by the parents of your young students about their academic success. Child Development Specialist and Author Kathy H. Lee shared how to create an amazing foundation for young children based on the latest in scientific research on brain development.
A surprising number of students in every classroom struggle because of gaps in executive function. Executive function relates to the thinking skills essential for learning, and includes focus, self-control, and memory. This webinar covered the “look for’s” – the behaviors and attitudes students exhibit when they struggle with focus and perseverance in the learning environment.
There is no need to convince a math educator that students have difficulty with fractions. Nonetheless, fractions are critical building blocks for future algebra and other math topics. In this presentation, look into how the brain processes mathematical information to gain a better understanding of how we can optimize learning fractions and other mathematical topics more generally.
Executive Function has been described as being like the air traffic controller of the brain. Executive Function includes the mental processes that are keys to learning and helping us to do things like remembering instructions, sustaining attention, and managing multiple tasks. In this webinar, Dr. Bruce Wexler explored the science behind Executive Function and how brain training can be used to strengthen these skills.
By working with and caring for a child in deliberate ways, an adult can influence the way a child’s mind grows. Responsive, attentive care allows the brain to develop in a healthy way. The central brain structures critical for learning and memory form early and are resistant, but not impossible, to change.
Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Music can be an enjoyable and easy way for educators to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and cognitive skills during this very active time of brain development. Attendees not only learned about some of the recent research in this field, but also came away with a deeper understanding of music’s impact on the developing brain.
Did you know that if nothing changes, this generation of children will be the first in 200 years whose life expectancy may be shorter than that of their parents? Why? Could it be that we live in an age when family stability is crumbling, children are not eating healthy and yet adopting a sedentary lifestyle, and the media is filled with inappropriate language and explicit violence? What can we, as educators, do to make a definitive difference?
Talking with infants is a hot topic in the news now. Why? Because talking means learning, building knowledge and intelligence. How and how much caregivers talk, engage and interact with infants and toddlers matters. Their daily conversations and play times shape children’s lives and learning before kindergarten and well beyond those early years into school.
This webinar stressed the critical role of the adult in the social and emotional development of young children. Dr. William Mosier, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wright State University and Director of Research at the Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development, showed attendees how to provide an optimal environment for supporting emotional and social development.
In this webinar, new and effective approaches to learning and teaching in the school library program were shared. This one hour could transform your library into a Think Tank! With strong rationale for brain-based learning coming from successful practice, neuroscience, and standards reform, presenters Paige Jaeger and Mary Ratzer explored why and how it works.
Creativity and innovation are now seen as high priorities in virtually every human endeavor, spanning academic, business, and artistic domains. Some say we have left behind the “information age” and entered the “era of creativity,” in which our role as educators is to define and teach students how best to maximize their uniquely human creative potential.
Have you ever wondered how a digital age filled with smartphones, tablets, and apps for almost everything impacts your brain? Presenters Betsy Hill and Dr. Sara Sawtelle discussed how a technology driven era is affecting our brains in this webinar.
This webinar was both informative and inspirational. Over 250 participants joined to hear Angela discuss how successful student’s, workers, and citizens have identifiable habits and behaviors which allow them to manage emotions, communicate effectively, and sustain themselves as independent and successful lifelong learners.
While exercise in good for the body, Dr. John J. Ratey, MD, argued it is more important for the brain, especially when it comes to students in the classroom. In this webinar, Dr. Ratey, an internationally recognized expert in the brain-exercise connection, help the overall well-being of today’s students with fitness-based physical education.
Structure and function of the human brain are shaped after birth by stimulation from the environment. Moreover, we humans are the only animal that shapes the environment that in turn shapes our brains and it is this powerful dialectic that most distinguishes us from other animals. Understanding and harnessing this “neuroplasticity” creates new opportunities for educators and clinicians.
The last several decades have produced volumes of research and an improved understanding of the brain and how we learn. The OECD project Innovative Learning Environments has sought to explore how this research aligns with strong and innovative models of learning environments for the 21st century.