Tag Archives: Brain

16 Ways Chess Makes Kids Smart


These are the key ways in which chess helps to develop young (and not so young) minds: Chess improves focus and attention by encouraging sustained mental alertness. Chess develops the skill of tactical and strategic planning. Because players need to … Continue reading

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What is Critical Thinking & How Do You Improve It?


  What is Critical Thinking? In a nutshell, critical thinking is not believing anything… unless the evidence for it is sound. Encoded in this definition are three elements: A sustained skeptical attitude towards the ideas and information which come your … Continue reading

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The Best TED & TEDx Talks for Teachers & Students


The Best TED, TEDx & TED-Ed Talks for Teachers & Students In no particular order: Do Schools Kill Creativity? (Ken Robinson) Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than … Continue reading

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Naked Monkey Freaky Smart Stuff: Six of the Best and Most Accessible and Most Interesting Podcasts That Are Better Than Idols


It's been four years since I got turned on to podcasts. I listen to new episodes on my commute to and from work, during my admin periods, while I'm blogging and just about whenever I can stitch a few moments … Continue reading

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Really Cool Animated GIFS To Expand Your Mind


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Whispers and Whoops: How to Get as Smart as a Brick


Who doesn’t love Brick Heck? He’s so cute and quirky (*Softly whisper the word QUIRKY into your chest – because it comforts you.*) In case you don’t know, Brick is the youngest son of Mike and Frankie Heck – a … Continue reading

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How to Learn Better (30 Brain-Friendly Tips & Techniques)


Try these neurologically nifty techniques to improve your learning…

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25 Questions Every 21st Century Student Should Be Able to Answer


  What is the value of creativity? How do I evaluate the reliability of a website? How do I stay safe online? Why is metacognition important? How do I learn most effectively? How do I create an engaging presentation? How … Continue reading

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And In The Darkness Bind Them: The Biggest Education Myth Of All


On Medieval Elitism, The Mythological Underworld and Magical Fellowships Wading Through the Fog There is a thick layer of myths in education. We are surrounded by things that sound as if they should be true, but are not. Despairingly, most … Continue reading

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Imtropy and Legogogy: Why Introducing Lego Robotics May Be The Biggest Thing I’ve Done as a Teacher


‘Imtropy’: The Primeval Tinkering Instinct There is something about Lego which fascinates us all. I think it calls to some shared primeval tinkering instinct. Leave a pile of Lego near any group of people, and within the hour, someone would … Continue reading

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How to Stop Being Stupid – Part 2 (The Control and Eradication of Common Thought Pests)


THE OUTBREAK Each of the following thought pests (cognitiva ignorantia pestes) occupies the moist, fertile habitat between your ears. Purging them is critical for a healthy thinking ecosystem. Failure to decontaminate infestations may result in a severe plague, culminating in … Continue reading

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Chess Builds Better Brains: 18 of the Best iOS Chess Apps to Improve Your Game (And Your Mind)


CHESS AND YOUNG MINDS I love chess. I love what the game does for the brain. Chess isn’t a game for smart people… chess makes you smart. The cerebral battle over the checkered board develops mental acuity and whole-brain thinking … Continue reading

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6 of the Best Podcasts for Teachers, Autodidacts, Critical Thinkers & Other Interesting People


This is my favourite podcast of them all. Episodes are hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and tackle a range of fascinating topics. Slick, clever and interesting. Get them all! Continue reading

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On The Mozart Effect, Learning Styles, Karma and Other Things I Wish Were True


Theories of differing intelligence types and learning styles are still valid, even if we don’t quite know how to leverage them effectively just yet. Every school is different, every teacher is different, every student is different. And all of these factors, plus thousands more combine in different ways for each individual child. We are hardly any closer to cracking the genome of an effective education if we discredit a small part of the sequence. We should not abandon a methodology that ‘has no measurable effect’, we should just think of ways to do it more effectively. Continue reading

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20 Reasons Why (Some) Teachers Are What’s Wrong With Education


Some teachers are what is wrong with the system. They blame everyone else for the problems in modern-day schools: students, parents, school leaders and the government – but very seldom do they turn the bright lamp of accusation on themselves. … Continue reading

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A Year With the Tribe: A Passionate Teacher Speaks About Teaching Boys


The following interview details the experiences of a South African teacher involved in an experimental programme in which boys and girls were split into separate classes in their English period. Melani van der Merwe’s experiences make for fascinating reading, and … Continue reading

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