Welcome to the December 2016 edition of The Learning Brain.

The end of the year is in sight. Term 4 is done. The year seems to have gone by so fast. This is the final newsletter for 2016. You will next hear from The Learning Brain in February.

In the meantime, there’s lots for you to read including articles about bullying, anxiety in the classroom and discord at home. If that sounds bad, don’t despair, you will be able to read about solutions too.

And on a more positive note LearnFast is presenting some great new professional development seminars for teachers in the new year – see What’s On.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

 

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PS: If you are interested in Australia’s PISA results, take a look this article: Education - Australia’s Leaning Tower of PISA?

Latest Research

girl-with-teasing-expression3.jpgBullying Can be Even Worse for Children with Disabilities

Many adults have experienced how stress affects our ability to concentrate, work or learn. Whatever the stress is, if it is bothering us enough, we find it hard to focus.

Imagine what it’s like when children are being bullied. This can be a major stress for them and can go on day after day, week after week. It’s chronic stress. 

Now a recent study has shown how the effects of the stress from bullying are even greater for students with disabilities. Read more.

math_test_result_03.jpgParents Should Avoid Pressuring Young Children Over Grades

New research from Arizona State University suggests parents shouldn't obsess over grades and extracurricular activities for young school children, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness. Read more.

What's On?

Professional Development for Teachers - 2017

What is stress doing to our students' brains, their ability to learn and their behaviour? What are the immediate and longer term implications of stressed students?This seminar answers these questions and explains how teachers can help mitigate the effects of stress on their students.
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"Glasses for the Ears"
Presentation
in Your School in 2017

Young Minds
Under Stress & The Effects
on Learning

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Want to know how educational neuroscience can help teachers and students?

What can teachers do to build the learning capacity of their students' brains?

You can learn how to shift the academic achievement bell curve for your whole school. 
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What is stress doing to our students' brains, their ability to learn and their behaviour? What are the immediate and longer term implications of stressed students?

This seminar answers these questions and explains how teachers can help mitigate the effects of stress on their students.
Download Flyer

Holiday Programs for Students at Home

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Brain Builder BootCamp

School - Ready, Set, Go

  • For ages 7 – 18
  • At home or anywhere with internet
  • Intensive 90 mins a day, 6-8 weeks
  • Specialist support
Builds learning capacity & reading skills
  • For ages 4 – 6
  • At home or anywhere with internet
  • 10 – 30 mins a day,
    8 weeks
  • Specialist support
Builds early learning & social skills
Learn More Learn More

Education - Australia's Learning Tower of PISA?

leaning_tower_of_pisa.jpgThe Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy got its famous lean because the architects and engineers messed up back in the 14th century.

They didn’t build the foundations correctly.

In the 600 years since it was built the tower has turned into a tourist attraction. That’s lucky, because a tower with a lean isn’t much good for anything else.

What's this got to do with education in Australia?

Find out here.

The Learning Capacity Blog

A Tale of Two Brain Training Companies: Science vs Hype

Brain_images.jpgThis is a tale of two brain training companies, Lumosity and Scientific Learning.

And how one, Lumosity, was fined $2 million for making unfounded claims about brain training, and the other, Scientific Learning, used decades of solid research to develop and prove the effectiveness of Fast ForWord.
Read more.

Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – December Worksheets

Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback. It is always great to see how students are benefiting from this simple tool. Here are a few of the comments we received last month:

  • Brain.mag_glass.pngThey work!
  • The Maths Skills Booster has provided a tool to allow students to take ownership of their learning.The students enjoy the challenge and were amazed at the improvement in their scores after only a few sessions.
  • Simple tool that only requires minutes to complete, which has noticeable benefits with maths times tables memory.

Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the December worksheets here.

Did you miss out on the original Maths Skills Booster? You can get it here.

Book of the Month

A day in the life of a brain.pngA Day in the Life of the Brain

The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk by Susan Greenfield

Internationally acclaimed neuroscientist Susan Greenfield combines a series of new insights into consciousness as she traces a single day in the life of your brain.

She explores how our daily experiences are translated into a tangle of cells, molecules and chemical blips, thereby probing the enduring mystery of how our brains create our individual selves. Learn more.

App of the Month

Epic App.jpgEpic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids is a subscription-based ebook service for children aged 2 to 12.

Children can choose from more than 15,000 books, and they can read them or watch videos online or offline. Many selections are by well-known authors and include English bilingual books. Search for them by subject, genre, and age.