Welcome to the February 2019 Learning Brain News.
School is back in Australia and New Zealand. I hope you all had the holidays you wanted and are back re-energised for 2019.
I have observed over the years how bullying and social difficulties have such a negative impact on students’ learning. So in this issue, we look at some ways teachers and parents can combat the menace of bullying.
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PS: Also in this issue, more on autism, and has the fun gone out of pre-school?
PPS: Get over 100 free learning resources - see below.
Inside a Bully’s BrainA new study shows brain chemicals may play a role in bullying and aggressive behaviour. The researchers say understanding the biological causes of anti-social behaviours is a step towards effective prevention and treatment. Read more here and here.
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Australia’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
The Australian government sponsored day is on again in Term 1 (on Friday 15 March). This year the theme is “Bullying. No Way! Take action every day”. Read more.
Back to School with over 100 Free Learning resources
School is back in Australia and New Zealand. Help your students with over 100 free resources with helpful tips, e-books, checklists, latest research about learning, and webinar links. Explore your free learning resources here.
Game Based ‘Digital Medicine’ May Help Children with ASD and ADHD
Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia evaluated a digital medicine tool designed to treat children with autism and attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as 50 percent of children with ASD have some ADHD symptoms. Read more.
A teacher who has used photography to build student engagement notes particular benefits for students on the spectrum. “As a hobby photographer, I take my passion into the classroom. Photography can be an innovative way to help students with disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum, appreciate and highlight their creative perspectives”. Read more.
Why Forgetting May Make Your Mind More Efficient
Forgetting has been regarded as a passive decay of the information recorded and stored in our brains. Some memories may simply fade away like ink on paper exposed to sunlight, but recent research suggests forgetting is often more intentional. There may be a good reason why we forget. Read more.