Welcome to the August 2019 Learning Brain News.
This month you can read about what stress does your brain, and how researchers scanned a human brain for over 100 hours to produce the most detailed brain pictures ever.
And you can find out how to help children with ADHD be better organised, what’s involved being a volunteer primary school scripture teacher, and how a Singapore mother is helping children become better learners in 8 countries across Asia and the Middle East.
Learning Brain News
What stress does to the brain
It’s hard to focus and learn when your brain is stressed, even for a short time. But what happens when stress is chronic and there is no break from it?
A new study sheds light on how the brain changes as a result of chronic stress. Read more.
100-hour scan gives most detailed view of human brain
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have scanned a brain for over 100 hours, which yielded a 3-D picture that’s more detailed than ever before.
These details could hold clues for researchers trying to pinpoint hard-to-see brain abnormalities.
3 things all struggling readers' brains have in common
Research is showing what’s happening in the brains struggling students and what has the greatest impact on their future learning.
You can make more than one year of reading growth per school year with all students.
How do you do this? Join Dr. Martha Burns in this one hour recorded webinar to find out.
How do you best support students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who often have difficulty keeping their things organised?
That’s not because they are lazy or careless - their brains are different, and they can also have learning and developmental disabilities like dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, fine motor delays, or sensory integration issues adding to the struggle. Read more.
A metacognitive exercise can help students know what they should and shouldn’t study.
Metacognition, or thinking about how one thinks, is a useful skill for improving comprehension and learning. Read more.
And for more about metacognition, see related article below: How Thinking about Thinking Can Help Kids.
The Quest for the Roots of Autism
What causes autism? The emerging narrative today is that there is no single cause — rather, multiple factors, roughly sorted into the categories of genetics and environment, work together in complex ways. Read more.
Brain Fitness for Children in 26 Centres Across Asia & Middle East
What drove Cheryl Chia, a Singapore based mother of 2 young girls to find the time and energy to build BrainFit (a service helping children develop a learning advantage by strengthening their brains) to a network of 26 centres in eight countries across Asia and the Middle East?
Find out by listening to The Learning Success Podcast.
Sydney lawyer, Kaushik Murali, volunteered to teach Hindu scripture when the regular teacher was absent. He was challenged to teach a wide age range - from 6 to 12 years - and needed to answer questions in a way that satisfied all the students.
Read about his experience and his tips for other volunteer scripture teachers.
Is your child at risk of learning issues - Parent checklist
We often hear from parents who are looking for help for their otherwise bright child who struggles with reading, writing, attention, or other issues.
Complete this checklist to see if your child may be at-risk of a language-based learning disability so you can get additional assistance to prevent these issues from affecting him/her academically in the future.
The Explosive Child by Ross Greene
A Helpful Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene.
The Explosive Child offers a helping hand to parents who may feel overwhelmed by having to deal with children whose reactions to everyday stimuli may be far more extreme than normal. Read more.
Learn Languages with Memrise
Memrise is a free language learning app. It’s popular, ranking at #74 in Education on the App Store. Learn more.