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 »

Student-Led Celebration of Innovation – Final Exam Alternative!

Celebration is to my learning circles – what thinking is to brains! And it’s student-led. Imagine your students raving about their final exam – because it magically transformed itself into a celebration! I’m talking about a Brain Based Celebration of Innovation. Imagine the anxiety of final exams converted into exhilarating… Read more »

Build a Brain Based Culture on Participant Strengths

Few would deny that too many middle, secondary, or college students graduate without skills they need to meet demands of a modern era. And that’s if they graduate at all – which many do not! Time for a culture change?

An Inuit Elder Taught Me How Ravens Walk and Soar as We Can Too

When I worked in the High Arctic in the 90’s, I met a wise Inuit elder who inspired me in new ways to face everyday challenges. He shared how ravens on Baffin Island (up by Greenland) surprised everybody when they began to walk one-day in the 80s. “Before that, ravens… Read more »

When Students Co-lead – We All Prosper!

Students love to navigate their own learning progress – especially when they see or can create adventurous pathways to rewards. I love the break! That’s why my students grade their own participation in every class. How so? At the beginning of class students collect their personal tone chart. On one… Read more »

Your Brain on Peer Support

To support colleagues and draw support from peers means to first discover what brains crave in common and how they operate. How so? Imagine for instance, that we could build a learning community together to support all. Imagine that each will benefit from shared strengths that improve our circles daily…. Read more »