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The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind

In my pledge to put my phone down and read more books this summer, I decided to re-read Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s, The Whole Brain Child, before lending it out to an interested parent over the holidays. This is a book that I have read now 3 times and I’m sure I will… Continue reading The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind

In The Classroom

Big Brain, Little Brain – Teaching Kids About the Brain and Self-Regulation

As a teacher and mother to young children, and also as daughter to a mother with Parkinson’s Disease (a neurological disease), I am always seeking to better understand the brain and how it works. This year I had the opportunity to work closely with, and collaborate with an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated school psychologist, whom… Continue reading Big Brain, Little Brain – Teaching Kids About the Brain and Self-Regulation

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Part Three – Why Blog?

My third and final reason for starting a blog this summer is because it has been an incredible year of growth for me (fortunately not just around my middle)! Lucking out in my selection of professional development seminars and workshops, as well as starting at a new school, which is always an opportunity for growth, resulted in a year jam packed with learning and progress. And because there is so much crossover between parenting and teaching strategies, I feel like not only my teaching skills improved, but my parenting skills as well.

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Part Two – Why Blog?

Mindset
Mindset is another word that seems to be abuzz on my Twitter feed these days and also happens to be the title of a book by Carol Dweck that I am currently reading. The book, as well as much of what I am reading on Twitter, outlines the importance of approaching our goals with a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. It discourages viewing our intelligence, abilities and talents as fixed and instead suggests that these can all be developed.