How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life – Newsweek

December 24, 2010
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How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life – Newsweek

This is a great article that helped me to remember the unique situation of the students I teach every day. As research indicates, our brains are only about 80% complete by adolescence.  So many of the “adult”-like actions that we expect from teenagers, like thinking about consequences for their action, are not connected and developed…

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Calling All Science Teachers: Google’s Body Browser

December 18, 2010
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Calling All Science Teachers: Google’s Body Browser

If you teach science and you haven’t played with Google’s Body Browser, you need to do so right now! You need to have Google Chrome, but I think it will be worth it. Basically you can cruise through the layers of the body, similar to those old transparencies we all had in our high school…

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Dan Pink’s Story Aptitude as a Marketing Career Skill

December 12, 2010
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Dan Pink’s Story Aptitude as a Marketing Career Skill

It seems that the field of marketing has embraced the right brain aptitude of Story. As Daniel Pink states in his book, A Whole New Mind, the future belongs to those who can utilize the skills of effective story-telling.  It appears that marketers across the nation agree.

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Learn Geography, Help Those In Need-Dan Pink’s Meaning and Play in the Classroom

December 7, 2010
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Learn Geography, Help Those In Need-Dan Pink’s Meaning and Play in the Classroom

Learn Geography and donate water to those in need. What a great way to create Meaning by simulating the aptitude of Play, both of which are part of Dan Pink’s right-brain aptitudes from his book A Whole New Mind.  Not to mention the reinforcement of effort and practice that are effective Marzano Strategies.  This is…

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Lesson Planning using S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Part 1

December 1, 2010
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Lesson Planning using S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Part 1

Recently one of our teacher-readers honored me by asking my opinion on writing lesson plans.  What do I think should be included in an effective lesson plan? Well for what it is worth, here is my advice for creating effective lesson plans. The first thing I always start with is the objective, which I always…

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Teachers Using Technology – A New York Times Project

November 21, 2010
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Teachers Using Technology – A New York Times Project

This is a great article for Thanksgiving week, and a great glimpse at how teachers across our country are developing Dan Pink’s aptitude of Symphony. Take a few minutes to read through the article, and if you have time, check out these teacher-submitted videos.  They really do show you why Bloom’s Taxonomy was revamped to…

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