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A friend needs a push in the right direction. She wants information, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. She did, however, share her thoughts with you, and you do the asking for her. She’d love to work on that next project, but feels overshadowed by a co-worker. That’s when you speak up on her behalf, and suggest to the boss that she would be a great addition to the team. She …

As an educator I have learned that there’s nothing quite like those teachable moments. The lesson is planned and organized,  the topic has been introduced to the students, and then…something happens that pretty much tosses the lesson plan out the window, but, can you believe it?…just brings your point home. It wasn’t on my agenda, I didn’t know it was going to happen, it brought a bit of chaos to …

  There is so much mindfulness meditation can teach us: how to be in touch with our thoughts and feelings; how our thoughts and feelings impact our bodies and actions; strategies to find greater focus and decrease anxiety and stress. Yet, one of the areas I’ve found to be the most beneficial has been the journey of learning along the way. This has not been a simple “open the book …

Sometimes people need to hear the message from a variety of sources. So, watch away! Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/ The following is a script from “Mindfulness” which aired on Dec. 14, 2014. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Matthew Danowski , editor. …

  The calendar year is quickly coming to an end. Thanksgiving and Winter breaks are just around the corner; where did the time go? And what happened to all of the promises you had made to yourself, in earnest, about the strategies you would use to create greater balance between work and home? Or reducing the stress your family has been feeling around your children’s schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and their study …

  We all live fast-paced lives and, sometimes, that leads us to a frantic existence, running from one task to another without giving ourselves time to think. We may take care of agenda items that float to the top of our “must do” lists, but are the tasks occupying that spot on the list really the most important? Have you ever taken the time to evaluate the real importance of …

Are you ready for the new year? Brain science has lots to teach us about how to capture and hold the attention of our students. Let’s start with some basic brain science: • Classwork and homework information must pass through the amygdala before it goes one of two places. o The lower brain is reactive and the response is fight, flight or freeze (NOT the best circumstances for valuable learning). …

Brain research has clear suggestions for how study skills can best be applied so children can learn more information at a faster pace and in less stressful ways. There are always students who will benefit from these techniques at an early age; they may have a harder time with information recall, and/or applying information, they simply need more repetition, they have a diagnosed learning difference, or many other possible reasons. …

Video games and technology are constantly in the news, but not always for positive reasons. We are constantly hearing about their negative impact and, admittedly, some valid concerns do exist. However, just like anything else, it might be best to place video games under the huge heading of “Too Much of a Good Thing = Bad.” Before we start on video games, we must admit that other items belonging in …

The brain is an incredible gift, providing each of us with amazing potential. Spending a day at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth 2014 Symposium reminded me of just that. Research is continually bringing a greater understanding of the abilities we possess, how parts of the brain interact with both positive and negative result, and what must be done if we are to keep our brains as healthy as television ads propose …