No evidence to back idea of learning styles (OpEd in The Guardian co-authored by 30+ neuroscientists and psychologists):
“There is widespread interest among teachers in the use of neuroscientific research findings in educational practice. However, there are also misconceptions and myths that are supposedly based on sound neuroscience that are prevalent in our schools. We wish to draw attention to this problem by focusing on an educational practice supposedly based on neuroscience that lacks sufficient evidence Read the rest of this entry »
— Giant neuron identified in mouse brain via novel brain imaging technique. Study linked below.
Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.
And here’s the rest of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health and mental performance.
New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):
Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle.
Have a nice Spring!
The SharpBrains Team
Canadian school teacher wins $1M global teacher prize beating out thousands of applicants (CBS News):
“A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Greater Good Magazine
No one would argue with the fact that teaching is stressful. Not only is the work highly challenging, teachers are also frequently underpaid, undervalued, and subject to harsh scrutiny. No wonder teacher burnout is on the rise and that many feel like leaving their profession.
But teacher stress is not only a problem for teachers; it can also be a problem for students. Read the rest of this entry »
These are the 10 best teachers in the world (Global Teacher Prize announcement):
“We’ve all had teachers who have inspired us, who have made a difference to our lives.
Teachers have the power to make or break lives. A great lesson can inspire a passion for a subject that lasts a lifetime, while lacklustre teaching can kill any desire for learning.
Teachers who make a significant difference in their students’ lives – sometimes against all odds – deserve to be celebrated.
The Global Teacher Prize does just that, awarding $1 million to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.”
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