Educators educating Educators

Sep 23


Are Boys and Girls Wired to Learn Differently? Kristin Stanberry. From the web, September 2008.

At MIT, a New Focus on Generating ‘People Skills.’ Tracy Jan. October 25, 2009.

Boys and Girls Learn Differently: A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Michael Gurian. Jossey-Bass, 2002.

Robert Brooks Monthly Articles

Robert Brooks, Learning and Brain Conferences. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Brain Matters: Translating research into classroom practice. Patricia Wolfe. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001

Brain Rules. John Medina. Pear Press, 2008.

California Physical Fitness Testing. California Department of Education. Retrieved March 9, 2009 from

Comparisons of Achievement, Effort. And Self-Perceptions Among Students with Learning Disabilities and Their Peers from Different Achievement Groups. Timothy Lackaye and Malka Margalit. The Journal of Learning Disabilities, September/October 2006.

Connecting the Mind, Brain, and Education. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professional Development Program, June 29-July 3, 2009.

Delivered from Distraction. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. Ballantine Books, 2005.

The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million-Word Gap by Age 3. Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley. American Educator, Spring 2003.

Early Exercise Pays Off. Michael O’Shea. Parade Magazine, September 20, 2009.

Emotional Intelligence. Daniel Goleman. Bantam Books, October 1995.

The End of Nature Versus Nurture. Frans B. M. de Waal. Scientific American, December 1999.

From Neuroscience To Childhood Policy: Shonkoff demonstrates how research leads to lawmaking. Elizabeth Gehrman. Harvard University Gazette Online,

Generalist Genes: Genetic Links Between Brain, Mind, and Education. Robert Plomin, Yulia Kovas, and Claire M. A. Haworth. Mind, Brain, and Education, March 2007.

His Brain, Her Brain. Larry Cahill. Scientific American, April 25, 2005.

The Human Brain. Rita Carter. DK, 2009.

Keeping DNA Fit: Researcher find exercise buffs have “younger” cells. Faye Flam. Philadelphia, January 29, 2008.

Mind, Brain, & Education. David Sousa.  Solution Tree Press, 2010

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Carol Dweck. Random House, New York. 2006.

The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders. Steven G. Feifer and Philip A. DeFina. School Neuropsych Press, 2000.

The Overflowing Brain. Torkel Klingberg. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child. Robert Brooks & Sam Goldstein. McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Rethinking the “Lesser Brain”. James M. Bower & Lawrence M. Parsons, Scientific American, August 2003.

Schools Need a Culture Shift: Bring Passion, Fun, and Collaboration Back to the Classroom. Betty J. Sternberg. Education Week, November 18, 2009.

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain. Judith Horstman. Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. John J. Ratey with Eric Hagerman. Little, Brown and Company, 2008.

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships. Daniel Goleman. Bantam Books, 2006.

Superparenting for ADD: An Innovated Approach To Raising Your Distracted Child. Edward M. Hallowell and Peter S. Jensen. Ballantine Books, 2008.

The Unbearable Bunkness Of Stress. Barry Spencer. Retrieved from the web

Unlearned Lessons: Six stumbling blocks to our school’s success. W. James Popham. Harvard Education Letter, March/April 2009

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life. Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang. Bloomsbury, 2008.

What Makes You Who You Are?  Michael D. Lemonick & Andrea Dorfman. Time, June 2, 2003.

Why Don’t Students Like School? Because the Mind is Not Designed for Thinking. Daniel T. Willingham.  Learning and Brain Conference, Washington D.C., May 2010.





Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!