The underachieving child

Achievement is said to begin when the brain’s thalamus, located in the limbic system, interprets the experience or information as positive or negative. If the perception of achievement is negative, it is sent directly to the amygdala and the child responds with a fight or flight response. However, if the experience [...]

By | October 18th, 2012|1 Comment

Humor and your student’s intelligence

A prerequisite for any aspiring teacher should be a course in stand-up comedy. Imagine Bill Cosby or Mark Twain as a teacher to aspiring teachers. Better yet, find a teacher-comic to teach the class. Aspiring teachers would be lined up to register for such a course.

By | October 1st, 2012|2 Comments

How the arts can raise student achievement

Due to the current mandated curriculum, a major dilemma students face in today’s schools is a greatly reduced art integrated academic curriculum. Budget cuts have also contributed to the reduction of integrated curriculum. Brain scientists have documented that when a teacher combines the arts with the academics, he/she not only [...]

By | September 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Electronics and your child’s novelty-seeking brain

A serious dilemma facing today’s teachers and parents is the negative effect electronic gadgets 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, as a [...]

By | August 27th, 2012|0 Comments

When sleep affects a child’s learning potential

Pundits of education should  seriously consider the effect circadian rhythms and/or REM sleep patterns have on student performance. Circadian rhythms operate out of the hypothalamus, which regulates the fluctuations of a child’s bodily functions. According to brain scientists there are certain periods of time when students learn more efficiently than [...]

By | August 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Boosting your child’s learning confidence

Understanding the process and stages through which a child learns at different ages should be a prerequisite for every parent who has a school-age child. Understanding how your child learns at different ages and accepting that process will be reflected back to your child, thus allowing for a building of [...]

By | July 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Kids and competitive sports, too much pressure?

A child playing any sport that includes uniforms, umpires, coaches, players and parents will often sense an intense need from the adults that he succeeds. That intense pressure contains all the elements that can cause eventual failure.

By | July 10th, 2012|2 Comments

A canine solution for all that ails you

Canines have served the handicapped for years in schools and hospitals.

By | June 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Absentee fathers and juvenile violence

Park rangers discovered an interesting problem occurring at an African elephant reserve that might shed light on the relationship between absentee fathers and youth violence. The connection between teen violence and the presence of a father in the family became evident after bull elephants were removed from the main herd [...]

By | June 4th, 2012|1 Comment

Stolen childhoods

Recently, I read an alarming statistic that describes the onset of puberty as beginning to occur at an earlier and earlier age for American girls, with many girls as young as 7. New research shows that 10.4 percent of white girls, 23.4 of African-American girls and almost 15 percent of [...]

By | April 24th, 2012|0 Comments