Welcome to the April 2019 Learning Brain News.

Have you ever seen a Bollywood movie, packed with loud colourful singing and dancing? In this edition of The Learning Brain News you can read how a theatre teacher from the UK found her students in India thought her theatre class would be about Indian movies.

Plus some new reading research, how technology has enabled virtual career planning, and how a triathlete is using neuroscience exercises to rebuild her brain after chronic inflammation.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News

PS: Want your students to remember more? Then read the memory item this month.

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One Book a Day = 300,000 Words Before School

Researchers have estimated the number of vocabulary words a child would hear from various amounts of being read to, up until the age of 5. One book a day would expose them to about 300,000 words. Five books a day would add up to over 1 million words. Read more.

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Virtual Career Exploration - Teen Career Path

A new program, Teen Career Path, uses technology and games to allow young people experience a ‘day on the job’ in a variety of careers. Explore what it’s like to work as a nurse, electrician, game programmer, data analyst, biologist or one of eight other occupations. Learn more.

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Teaching Theatre in India

When UK trained teacher, Sophie Bawa, started teaching theatre in India, her students thought they were going to learn about Bollywood movies. They soon learnt theatre was quite different to the loud, colourful, singing and dancing movies produced by the Indian film industry. Listen or read the transcript.

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First common risk genes discovered

A study has found genetic differences in clinical subgroups of autism. This discovery will make more precise diagnoses possible, and enable better counselling for the person with an autism spectrum disorder.



Schoolchild is drawing a man on his notebook with a pencilRemember Better by Drawing

Want your students to remember something?  Ask them to draw it.

A new Canadian study shows drawing beats reading or writing when it comes to remembering things. Drawing forces your brain to process information in multiple ways: visually, kinesthetically, and semantically. The research showed drawing information increases recall by nearly double.

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Rebuilding a Brain after Chronic Inflammation

Can you imagine what it would be like to forget your past, to have pounding headaches, dizziness and tremors? To be unable to find words to speak? To experience extreme loss of energy, have your blood pressure drop dangerously low, and find yourself uncomfortably sensitive to sounds and sunlight?

Sarah Rasborsek did when she "fried her brain" and suffered chronic brain inflammation during a triathlon. Read how she has been rebuilding her brain.

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22 Signs that May Indicate your Child or Student has APD

Are you a concerned parent wondering if your child may have Auditory Processing Disorder?

Are they easily distracted by noises or have difficulty hearing when there is background noise? Do they confuse similar sounding words? Do they have difficulty following instructions?

Get the 22 question checklist to help you consider if your child may need a professional assessment or help.

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Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

In this provocative and persuasive new book, author Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home - is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Read more.

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Teachers can use Froggipedia as a fun, interactive exploration into frog life cycles and anatomy. It's an easy way to get a good look at how a frog develops as it grows, and to be introduced to its body organs and systems. Froggipedia was been awarded "iPad App of the Year" 2018 and is now available in many languages.

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