Troubleshooting Tips and Brain Based Benefits

When learning or leadership problems pop up – how do you troubleshoot to ensure that all those you mentor, coach, teach, or facilitate will takeaway more?   Below are brain-compatible strategies I use and I’d love to hear your tips.

30 Fun Ways to Survive June and Beat Summer Slide!

June is brain awareness month, and people are wondering how to beat summer slide… Just for fun – let’s celebrate a brain-friendly challenge together daily. What if we capitalize on hidden or unused intelligences in unexpected places all  month? Maybe even all summer… June 1st – Listen for a new… Read more »

Open Letter to Stomp Out Teacher Evaluations and Step Up Learning!

To Leaders of Education Initiatives in my state of New York, Imagine teacher evaluations as mental growth guides! Visualize all faculty and students supported and prospered by the rest of us. At this point,  you’ll likely step up to toss out many standard or state-mandated observations. Why so? Top-down, judgmental,… Read more »

Smart Skills for 21st Century Agility

Agile learners develop smart skills to build flexible and resourceful communities, where problems get solved and people find support.  It’s more than hard or soft skills, yet it builds a learning community to integrate and hone both. Add to that the fact that smart skills bring agile results that leaders… Read more »

5 Mistakes We Make in Building Learning Cultures

Most leaders and faculty agree that to capitalize on the brain’s known abilities is to create a climate for high performance minds.  Most learners agree that  care and support can transform ordinary learning into fun-filled adventures and delightful discoveries. Sadly though, science about brains and observation of failed cultures sheds… Read more »

Free Listening Poster and Tasks

Are you looking to teach or mentor new listening skills? Want to learn more from any topic? Once we step past the assumption that to tell is to teach – we step into the possibility that to learn is to listen to many views! Grab your free poster and listening… Read more »

Smart Tone or Snarky Attacks?

It doesn’t take grueling effort to grow your intelligence for brilliant tone that avoids attacks.  Minds literally rewire to create positive change and mind-bending possibilities. How so? Many of us toss limited notions into communication possibilities.  In an attack climate we watch leaders perpetuate mental misconceptions about ways to win… Read more »

Who Cares about Mom’s Point of View on Mother’s Day?

Motherhood for me was hands down the most important, challenging and meaningful role in my life. Not because I got it right all of the time.  Nor was parenting easy as a single mom when days slipped into nights with too much to do and too little sleep to keep… Read more »

Student Ready Test Prep Tools for Entire Year

Just bundled a complete set of test-prep resources. One year’s supply of student read-to roll and no prep tasks, keys, posters and practice texts. Happy study – with better grades for all upper grade students! Brain based test prep materials available at my TpT site  

Wasting time studying for tests?

Students often complain that passive note-taking is both boring and a waste of time?  Have you heard it? Whenever I offer motivational materials to support their study sessions though, I notice students tend to get far finer results for their efforts and talents. They do better in quizzes, tests and… Read more »

Brain Based Tasks for Older Learners

While we now know that students retain less from lectures, we question how to cultivate brain based cultures that trigger observable and impressive growth. Good news! It’s actually easier than most realize – to get older students active and growing in any class! Enter six little namungos with big brainy… Read more »

Curiosity, Calm or Test Anxiety?

Spring sends a refreshing new lilt into some students’ steps. Daylight stretches into late evening, outdoor events replace closed-in classes, and young friendships tend to blossom into new life for many students. Have you seen it? Why then, does winter’s melt into spring shoot text anxiety to cripple many other… Read more »