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The Benefits of Teaching Growth Mindset and the Differential Impact on Students At Risk

Katie Brohawn
Monday, August 20, 2018
ExpandED Schools has long promoted and supported educators in teaching growth mindset. Now, new research confirms its importance. Read full post

Give your Brain a Workout! How Physical Activity in the Classroom Builds Stronger Learners

Natasha Chaku
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Physical activity has long been associated with healthy development, but most youth do not meet the national physical activity guidelines. Read full post

How making friends builds your brain | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Friday, May 5, 2017
While most adolescents in the throws of this period would like to think they are solely in charge of determining their own self-concept, research suggests that, due to brain development during this time, how they define themselves is heavily influenced by their relationships with their peers. Read full post

Write on! How Handwriting Impacts Literacy | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
In a study published in "Trends in Neuroscience Education," researchers Karin James and Laura Engelhardt hypothesized that learning to write letters by hand (as opposed to tracing or typing them) would in fact lead to better reading ability. Read full post

A Tale of Two Programs: When Gentrification Meets Expanded Learning Time | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Dear Rashida, My 10-year-old son goes to school in a gentrifying neighborhood. We like most things about the school, including its free afterschool program. But recently, a group of parents decided to start their own afterschool program, which charges a considerable fee. With the cooperation of the principal, the new program offers foreign language, ballet, chess and piano to children whose parents can afford the fees. It seems to me that afterschool should be where all kids come together and have equal opportunities to experience new things. But we now have two programs in the same building, side-by-side: one for “rich” parents and one for poorer parents. Read full post

Mind Over Matter: The Science Behind Mindful Meditation | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Back when I was a grad student doing my dissertation research, which involved inducing stress in subjects and exploring patterns of brain activation, Britta Hölzel and Sara Lazar were (literally) down the hall doing the exact opposite – researching how the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has the ability to physically change your brain. Ten years later, I am happy to have had a chance to catch up with Britta and learn even more about the ways in which her research can help us leverage the power of MBSR to help our students in the classroom. Read full post

When I Met My Brain | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, April 14, 2016
A new study entitled "When I Met My Brain: Participating in a neuroimaging study influences children’s naïve mind-brain conceptions supports a new activity for promoting growth mindset" shows that seeing your actual brain has an impact on your mind-brain conception. Read full post

Notes From Learning and the Brain Conference | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
I recently attended a conference in San Francisco entitled "Shaping Student Mindsets: Promoting Academic Attitudes, Persistence and Performance." It was hosted by Learning & the Brain, whose mission is to connect educators to neuroscientists and researchers. Read full post

Measuring Math Mindset Proves We're Good at What We Enjoy | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, January 7, 2016
While previous studies have explored the connection between brain activity and math performance, a new study is the first to look at mindset as a potential mediating variable to that relationship and the first to suggest that students’ math performance could be impacted by how they *feel* about math. Read full post

Sleep: A New High School Subject | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, September 24, 2015
In the past year, three different researchers we’ve profiled in our NeuroConnections blog series have brought up the importance of sleep when it comes to education, with Dr. Richard Davidson perhaps summing it up best when he said, “We have a national sleep debt in this country in addition to our economic debt, and sleep debt exacts a critical toll on our children.” Read full post


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