Welcome to the November 2017 edition of The Learning Brain News.

Final high school exams are over, or almost finished, for thousands of students. For many of them it will be a great relief. But for some students, the end of exams can trigger anxiety about what happens next… a job?… more study?... what to study?  

This month you can read advice from an experienced career coach, Gordon Doyle, with some ways of thinking about what’s next for school leavers (see The Learning Success Blog below).

In addition there is a great webinar for teachers by Dr Eric Jensen: Teaching with the Brain in Mind. 


Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News

PS: If you have any questions about Auditory Processing Disorder, there is a free checklist for you to download: 22 signs that may indicate your child has an auditory processing disorder.

Latest Research

Printed brain onto circuit board-177041-edited.jpegADHD may not be a single disorder, but three different conditions

 A new study sheds light on ADHD, indicating the disorder fits into one of three specific subgroups with distinct brain impairments.

Rather than a single disorder with small variations, the findings suggests ADHD instead encompasses a “constellation” of different types of ADHD in which the brain functions in completely distinct ways.

The study, published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, has the potential to radically reframe how we think about ADHD, and could lead to a more targeted approach to treatment.


Scientists Discover How The Brain Controls Ageing – And Manage To Slow It Down

clock in motion over white - hypnotism concept.jpegScientists believe they may have found a way to reverse the signs of ageing.

New research has pinpointed the cells in the hypothalamus - a pea-size component of the brain - that control the ageing process.

While studies so far have focused on mice, the researchers believe that the cells could one day be targeted in humans to create anti-ageing treatments. Read more.



What's New

Schoolzine Launches New Service so Schools Can Publish News as it Happens

Schoolzine_Media_Image1 (002).jpgSchoolzine transforms newsletter publication for schools by turning the old paper newsletters into modern digital communications distributed by email, mobile apps, SMS and social media.

This rapidly growing service has just launched StreamZine, a way schools can publish news and events as they happen. No more waiting until the next newsletter to tell your school community. Read more.


Building an Autism-friendly Australia, one Beach at a Time

Autism Spectrum Australia is working with 14 Surf Life Saving Clubs in New South Wales and Queensland to implement inclusion strategies in their Nippers programs.

Silhouette of child on the beach, holding his hands up, hugging the sun.jpegTheir aim is to have surf life savers understand autism and disability, and learn how they can best support people with a disability at the beach.

Autism Spectrum Australia hopes people with a disability and their families will eventually be able to join their local SLSC, learn how to be safe at the beach, participate in activities with everyone else, and benefit from everything the Surf Life Saving community has to offer.

What's On?



eric-jensen.jpgTeaching with the Brain in Mind 

Join Dr Eric Jensen and learn specific, practical evidence-based strategies you can use in the classroom right away. Discover how the brain works, how teaching changes the brain, and what it takes for students to acquire complex learning and achieve their best.

Watch it now.

The Learning Success Blog

After the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) - What Next?

Dear Future, Im Ready written on running track.jpegThis year, some 70,000 New South Wales Year 12 students sat for the Higher School Certificate. Many of these students will have university aspirations and of those who do apply, most will receive an offer.

Young people need to understand, however, that depending on what they want to do, university is just one way to achieve their career goal. It is not necessarily the way, and certainly not the only way or their only option. Read more.  

Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – November 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:

  • Enthusiastic group of young kids in class sitting in a row at their desk raising their hands in the air to show the know the answer to a question.jpeg"Available resource created with varying configuration of mulitiplication facts".
  • "Students enjoy the worksheets and their times and accuracy have improved".
  •  "The convenience and layout of the worksheets are much appreciated".
Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the November worksheets here.

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

22 Signs that May Indicate your Child has Auditory Processing Disorder

Checklist-.jpgAre 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.

Book of the Month

Poor Students, Rich Teaching - Mindsets for Change

poorstudents-richteaching.jpgGrowing up with his share of adversity, Eric Jensen knows firsthand the importance of rich teaching for students from poverty.

In Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change, Eric Jensen presents effective and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, graduate from tertiary studies or career ready.

This thorough resource details the necessary, but difficult, work that primary and secondary teachers must do to positively impact students from poverty.

App of the Month

TED app.pngTED by Ted Conferences

This app lets you browse through more than 1500 TEDTalks, presented by industry leaders on topics such as politics, science, art and technology at the famous TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences.

The library is updated daily and videos can be viewed at any time, even without internet access.