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They say you teach what you most need to learn. For me, this could never be more true. I teach mindfulness to children, parents, and anyone else who comes to me. Sometimes I address groups of people, and other times I meet with small groups of family or friends. My most rewarding experiences typically involve incidents where I am working with one or more individuals who have finally “met their …

I love to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning. And I’m getting better at them…yeah, me! But one of the clues in today’s puzzle let me know that my personal and professional worlds are colliding. Actually, they already had; after all, I take myself with me wherever I go, but when the answer to a crossword puzzle clue is AMYGDALA…well, no further proof is necessary. AMYGDALA is …

After three days at the International Positive Education Festival, attendees could not help but to feel renewed. First, Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, spoke about grit being a greater predictor of success and well-being than IQ (“talent counts; effort counts twice”). Later that day, Martin Seligman, known as the Father of Positive Psychology, spoke about the history of the movement and the research revealing its …

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky; when I told my parents I wanted to go to college in Austin, Texas, my mother, in true form, pulled out the encyclopedia and showed me the map of the United States. Susie! Do you see how many inches Austin, Texas, is away from here?! My, how times have changed! Not only did my parents survive the move away from hard-copy encyclopedias to the …

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). …

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 …