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Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins annual $1M Global Teacher Prize

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 »

Study: Mindfulness training for teachers can result in a better learning environment for students

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 »

10 Finalists announced for the $1M Global Teacher Prize

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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December Update: Wishing You and Yours a Very Brain-Fit Decade

How can we help younger gen­er­a­tions find the right path to life­long brain health and per­for­mance — espe­cial­ly as they will live longer, and in more dynam­ic, com­plex envi­ron­ments? We cre­at­ed the Brain Health across the Lifes­pan series to curate reli­able sources of infor­ma­tion, and here you can  check out  the Top 10 Resources to Bet­ter Under­stand the Teenage Brain.

Wish­ing you and your fam­i­ly a very brain-fit decade…please enjoy the Decem­ber edi­tion of our month­ly eNewslet­ter: Read the rest of this entry »

10 Brain Tips To Teach and Learn — Ideas for New Year Resolutions

My inter­est in the brain stems from want­i­ng to bet­ter under­stand both how to make school more palat­able for stu­dents, and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment more mean­ing­ful for fac­ul­ty. To that end, I began my Neu­rons Fir­ing blog in April, 2007, have been doing a lot of read­ing, and been attend­ing work­shops and con­fer­ences, includ­ing Learn­ing & the Brain.

If you agree that our brains are designed for learn­ing, then as edu­ca­tors it is incum­bent upon us to be look­ing for ways to max­i­mize the learn­ing process for each of our stu­dents, as well as for our­selves. Some of what fol­lows is sim­ply com­mon sense, but I’ve learned that all of it has a sci­en­tif­ic basis in our brains. Read the rest of this entry »

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