What if Peace Possibilities Blew into Class with Spring?

Have you seen spring’s new life jolt teens alive?  When warm south breezes begin to blow into young lives, it’s no surprise that original ideas also begin to emerge like new sprigs poke up into the morning sun. It’s the perfect season to fan innovative possibilities such as robust peace… Read more »

Learn More in Less Time with Oodles of Fun!

Thanks for including this Brain Leaders and Learners blog among many of my hero leaders! Special thanks to Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs – New Media, by James Strock for listing the top blogs! Thanks to so many of my friends and mentors whose blogs teach and encourage us all! … Read more »

Question with 2 Feet to Dream with Dr. King

What if your I Have a Dream lesson opened with your students’ interests? What if Martin Luther King’s life and legacy triggered students’ ability to design a mind-bending dream? Ask a two-footed, dream-building question such as, What innovative change in your situation would benefit you and others? Compare questions in … Read more »

What’s New?

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“What’s new?”  People often ask me, as if something really is. When I hear others asked what’s new, I’ve often heard back the conversation closer, “Not much.” Researchers begin new projects with questions about what’s new that leave people like me wondering if something will change eventually, and if so… Read more »

Replace Stress with Social and Emotional Survival Skills

Rarely have we struggled against more anxiety and stress and without adult models, our youth are especially in need. It’s the perfect time to respond with social and emotional boosts that toss cheer and hope back into our day! But how? Yes, suicides and homicides have spiked and hopelessness holds… Read more »

How Do You Test to Know What They Know?

Any IQ score or standardized test result can address the question, How smart are they? Yet most of us who hope to awaken brainpower in our students, agree that mere numbers say little about their real capabilities.  On the other hand, if you want to ensure students actively master a… Read more »

Hack Secondary Lectures with Brain Boosts for Focus and Fun

Few deny that secondary students focus faster and remember more when they tackle lecture topics with more mental equipment than mere listening skills. Yet teachers who face overwhelming pressures from tests, standards and curriculum demands often deliver critical facts as a last resort, in spite of what we know about… Read more »

Black Matters! Black Leaders! Black History Month!

Poverty is still a huge problem for many and yet we also still have opportunities to learn about doable solutions from black leaders. Teens and young adults care deeply about resolving this problem. Maybe that’s why they enjoy teaming with black leaders to navigate possibilities together that we may otherwise… Read more »

Build Your Valentine IQ in a Caring Community

Looking for a way to amp up kindness, build skills for inclusion  and celebrate kids love for Valentine Day? Since the opposite of exclude is include – and the best place to learn is a caring community – then Valentine’s Day’s the perfect event to include teens in fun activities… Read more »

Activate the Brain’s Compassion for Fun and Inspiration

What will you do for COMPASSION and it’s handmaiden FUN this week? How might you spawn an interactive CARE and KINDNESS today? Will your week look more like the pig or the dog in this video? I started a KINDNESS project with my grandchildren and an interactive brain based COMPASSION… Read more »

How Brains Wire for War or Prepare for Peace

Are you wired for war when conflicts strike? Have you ever heard military personnel speak as if they’d walk into a bear cave in spring with a steak strapped to their foot? Or do you lean toward peaceful possibilities to take care of pesky problems when they arise? Both war… Read more »

What’s Your Anti-Loneliness Quotient?

Ever notice how special days can tend to bring out serious blues in some? Research tells us that loneliness causes more deaths than smoking or obesity.  Red flags may show up in feelings of severe disappointment, hopelessness, or anxiety, and any of these can pave a mental pathway to depression… Read more »

Meeting Tips from Teacher’s Arrest

What if the unfortunate arrest of a middle school teacher, helped all future participants to speak up and feel heard at your next meeting? Had this meeting been facilitated as a brain based gathering for instance, leaders would welcome diverse voices and would value different ideas on all topics. Imagine… Read more »

Student Concerns and Brain Based Study Tips

Mindful study skills reduce three key student concerns in ways that raise their test scores. Disagreement, deadpan boredom, and difficult-to-grasp facts – transform into learning gems that pay forward IQ-worthy points from their awesome brains and higher grades in their ledgers. How so? Concern 1 – You disagree with core… Read more »

How Your Brain Works Against Your Goals

If your new year goals already petered out, you can blame it on your brain.  Check out the brain’s default system or basal ganglia and you are facing down gridlock to changes you seek. Think of the basal ganglia as a mental warehouse of sorts, where every action, both good… Read more »

Brain Related Renewal for 2018?

For every year learning renewal escapes us, learners fail to get the support deeply vital for our future leaders. Could 2018 be the year we reboot learning goals and rewire education targets to unleash hidden and unused intelligences all around us? Ask the lecturer in this video and he will… Read more »