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To Type or Not to Type...

To Type or Not to Type…

To type or not to type….. that is a question many students are facing when thinking about taking notes during this new school year.  A new school year is a fresh start in studying habits, being organized, and a renewed commitment to the learning process.  However, with the technology age in full throttle, we may need to rethink the way our students are taking notes, so that the actual studying and learning becomes more productive. 

Running and the Brain

The encouragement to keep physically active is everywhere.  Strengthening our heart and lungs, are essential to helping other organs and our bodies in general work better.  All exercise generates more energy for the brain.  With the dawning of new and promising research, it is being seen that there is a strong link between running and a younger, more active brain.  Doctors are now discovering that not only are we smart to run, but we can actually become smarter if we do! The act of running not only strengthens our heart and lungs but also is building our brains to function better.  Vigorous cardiovascular exercise such as running pumps oxygen and glucose-rich blood to your brain.  As we age our brain read more[…]

Teaching that Builds Math Understanding

Teaching that Builds Math Understanding

There is a debate raging in math education today centered on an an old question.  “Which is the more important when teaching mathematics – algorithm or conceptual understanding?” The question stems from different mathematical points of view. Countless studies for both methods of teaching exist, but the latest research being presented may be the “peace offering” to both sides of the debate. The most recent research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics focusses not on which method of teaching mathematics is better, but in the assurance that good, logical, and concise teaching of mathematics is happening.Good teaching of math needs to be equally focused on two areas to create well rounded students who can take the mathematical principles learned read more[…]

National Handwriting Day: Let's Make John Hancock Proud!

National Handwriting Day: Let’s Make John Hancock Proud!

  January 23rd, 2014 will mark the 277th birthday of John Hancock.  Known for being a prominent statesman, businessman, and member of society, it is Mr. Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence that may be one of the most recognized accomplishments of his life.  Being the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, he did so with confidence and elegance. In his day, a person’s signature signaled social class, education, and feelings toward a document. It was said that “A good hand was the sign of a good man”.  His signature and penmanship has been evaluated, copied, and respected to this day.  To celebrate his birthday, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) created the National Day of Handwriting in read more[…]

Modern Neuroscience and Memory

Article Review of  “Learning and Memory”.  Article by Melissa A. Reilly and Jeansok J. Kim, Wiley Online Library, 1/15/2013 Reviewed by Erin Calhoun, Contributor. As Educational Therapists, we should be familiar with how the brain works and where it stores its memory. We believe, preach, and practice the stimulation of brain functions in order to strengthen specific areas; however, I am not sure I have ever considered that the location where memory is stored in the brain could be stimulated to make adaptions, until today. I read an article by M. Reilly and J. Kim, from the University of Washington, entitled “Learning and Memory”. They referenced a special case from long ago. Henry Molaison, or more commonly referred to as Patient read more[…]