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Bored with Summer, Starting School

It’s that exciting time of year again – the start of school. I like the feeling of bustle and optimism that a new school year brings. It’s a time for fresh starts, a burst of activity, and for many, an

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No Mind Left Behind to be Translated into Chinese

I was happy to learn that my book, No Mind Left Behind:  Understanding and Fostering Executive Control РThe Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive will be translated into Chinese. This is a great opportunity to reach

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The Deep Memories of Childhood

Here’s a nice, meditative piece on how the sounds, smells, and even word associations of childhood can evoke strong memories. Writing for The American Scholar, Brian Doyle asks, “Why do we not sing these things as miracles?”¬† It is also

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Some Students and Teachers Prefer Quiet

Michael Godsey’s recent article, “Why Introverted Teachers are Burning Out,“ included a link to a study on Giftedness and Introversion by Jill D. Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig, from the College of William and Mary Center for Gifted Education. The study

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Playing Outdoors

It’s become a common theme for adults to grumble about kids not getting outside. And in many cases, it’s true. But rather than complaining, I thought I’d bring your attention to some good examples of school students, and teachers, who

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More Hands on Deck

Here’s an interesting blog I ran across, called “Wisdom of the Hands,” written by woodworker, teacher and author Doug Stowe. Here’s how he describes his topic: “This blog is dedicated to sharing the concept that our hands are essential to

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Executive Functions in Preschool and Kindergarten

This past week I had an opportunity to present a program at Brick Church School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The program was sponsored by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and teachers from schools in

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More Level Playing Field

Really happy to see this article in the New York Times about the United States’ most selective universities – including all the Ivy’s – working together to provide guidance to 9th and 10th grade students about what it takes to

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How to Talk to Boys

Okay, so the first thing to know about getting a great conversation going is that communication has two parts: form and content. Most everybody pays mega attention to the content, while neglecting form. The content is what you are talking

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Skill is Counterintuitive

For more than a decade new perspectives of skill have been the focus of books on achievement, education, sports, and the arts. Malcom Gladwell’s books are some of the best known examples. Another very useful contribution is Daniel Coyle’s, The

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