The Effect of Trust on Brain Development

"My dad came to school to do science experiments with us... Just like he promised!"

Healthy brain development is something that parents and teachers instinctively know is important for children, like fresh air and good food. But understanding the brain is tricky. How can researchers test theories on little people and figure out answers that can be applied to our educational systems and parenting techniques? Lucky for us, Claire E.…

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How Exercise Optimizes the Learner and the Brain


John Ratey, an energetic doctor who is the author of the bestseller Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, talked to a group of 1000 educators from across the U.S. about the importance of exercise in the lives of kids. Not just because exercise gets kids to expend energy and gets their…

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Pretend Play Benefits Brain Development


Executive function is a prominent and important term used in education circles today. It refers to a set of brain functions that leads to the types of skills teachers love to see in their students: Concentrating on important details while ignoring distractions Paying attention to the teacher Getting along with peers Waiting for a turn…

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The Magic Wand


I have a magic wand that I can wave that makes the following results appear for most kids just like that: 1.5 more days of school attendance per year Fewer headaches and colds 17% higher math test scores 20% more likely to graduate high school $10,000 more annual income after graduation Isn’t magic great? OK,…

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