Volunteering in School is Good For Your Brain

Volunteering at School Is Good For Your Brain! The new school year is almost two months old, and one of the least talked about needs of teachers are classroom volunteers. Classroom volunteers represent an unknown necessity in most schools. They are usually retired senior citizens who are multifaceted in their [...]

By | October 10th, 2018|6 Comments

Why Santa Rosa City Needs a Technical High School

A recent Press Democrat article titled “Santa Rosa City Schools Renews Push for College-prep Class Requirements” for all students is in my opinion a simplistic approach toward meeting the needs of all high school students and could actually accelerate the high school drop-out rate and even increase juvenile delinquency. My [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|6 Comments

A guide to how your child learns

Our juvenile hall population is at an all time high, 2.2 million inmates at an average cost of about $35,000 per inmate (OJJDP, 2006). In fact, we lead the world in incarcerated juvenile offenders and the juvenile system is fast becoming a breeding ground for adult prisons. In Washington State [...]

By | December 21st, 2017|18 Comments

School Readiness, Poverty and Children’s Brain Development

School Readiness, Poverty and Children’s Brain Development

By | May 4th, 2017|10 Comments

Poverty and Children’s Brain Development

According to official poverty statistics, 22.7% of families in California were classified as not having enough resources to make ends meet in 2014. This is down from 2013 (23.5%), but well above the recent low in 2007 (17.3%). Although the poverty rate in Sonoma County is lower, (19.7), the question [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|19 Comments

When Choosing Wrong Answers Can be Right.

With exams always on the front burner for many students, new research suggests that unusual test taking techniques can actually help students achieve higher performance. As a student, I was taught what is called “errorless learning” or to create study conditions that prevent errors. However, some researchers suggest a more [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|5 Comments

When Choosing Wrong Answers Can be Right!

When Choosing Wrong Answers Can be Right

By | January 16th, 2017|5 Comments

Donald’s Trumps’ Moral Judgment?

Donald’s Trumps’ Moral Judgment?

By | November 30th, 2016|11 Comments

Why Should We Be Concerned.

     Why should we be concerned regarding California’s move to delay labeling of products containing a chemical commonly known as BPA. Please read below. Today’s children face dangerous environmental hazards that can affect critical developmental milestones, particularly brain development. According to a Northwestern Medical study (2011), the number of [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|6 Comments

Electronics and Your Student’s Novelty Seeking Brain

A serious dilemma facing today’s teachers and parents is the negative effect the gadgetry of electronics is having on our children’s learning potential and/or ability to focus in school. In short, this lack of focus might be directly attributed to our brains’ need for novelty? In other words, our brain, [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|10 Comments