Welcome to the March 2017 edition of The Learning Brain.

It's been a really interesting month. I've presented twice on the evidence for Fast ForWord. See an edited version of my talk in the The Learning Success Blog below.

And I was also able to have a chat with eminent neuroscientist Dr Micheal Merzeneich at a conference in Melbourne. See his 5 tips for a better life at the end of the Newsletter and get 20% off his BrainHQ program.

Also, this month, you can read about how important young children's social skills are for their success in later life.


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PS: Early Bird tickets for ENS 2017 Conferences are on sale now.

Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conferences

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You will hear from Neuroscientist Dr Steve Miller about the latest understanding of how students learn. Plus, the impacts of poverty and stress on learning, how movement and exercise affect learning and the importance of reading aloud. Plus much more.

Early Bird Registrations Now Open

Latest Research

kids_playground.jpgResearchers studied kindergarteners' behaviour and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings.

Being smart, learning well and getting good marks isn’t a guarantee of success after school or university. There is more to it than that.Teaching kids to get in touch with their feelings is really important for their success in education and later in life according to this study of 800 kindergarten children. Read more.

young girl sad.jpgTeen bullying and cyberbullying study reveals worrying impacts

n a nationwide USA study researchers found that:

  • 1 in 5 students said that they had been threatened with a weapon at school
  • 73% reported they had been bullied
  • 70% said that someone spread rumours about them online.
Read more.


What's On?


The National Day of Action Against Bullying - 17th March

The 7th National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on Friday 17th March, 2017. Australian schools can register and say 'Bullying. No Way!'

The National Day of Action is an opportunity to share your school's anti-bullying policies, strategies and programs with your school community. Find out more.

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Hundreds of journal articles & school case studies plus parent & teacher reports with many examples of the success of over 2.5 million students in the last 20 years. Is that enough evidence?

Read an edited version of Devon Barnes’ talks at The Learning Difference Conventions in Melbourne & Sydney.

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Maths Skills Booster – March 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:student_thinking_about_multiplication_17.jpg

  • Diverse method for struggling students
  • Pre-formated, professional and time saving
  • Practice in the classroom
  • Repetition and self paced learning

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

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

friends.jpgThe "Kindness Game" Activity

Use this bingo-style "Kindness Game" to encourage random acts of kindness in your classroom. This activity works with all ages. Download it now.

Book of the Month

Late, Lost, and Unprepared.jpgBook of the Month Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump.

The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. This book is for parents of children from primary school through to high school. Read more.

Photomath - Camera Calculator.pngApp of the Month

Photomath - Camera Calculator

For high-school students who need a bit more guidance with their algebra homework, Photomath can instantly solve and explain every answer. Snap a photo of the question, and the app will break down the solution into separate steps with helpful play-by-play, so students can apply the same principles to the rest of their homework. Also great for parents who need to help their children with maths.