Superhuman or Normal Variation?

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Learning, Learning about Learning

This fascinating infographic highlights a few seemingly superhuman feats of the mind. While we do not disagree that they are amazing, we can’t help but think, “But, of course. With over 7-billion people on our planet, such variation is expected. Spend any time in a classroom and you will see such brains in development!” Which leaves us wondering two things: … Read More

The Toll of High Stakes Tests on Non-Traditional Learners

allkindsofmindsAttention, Exams, Learning, Learning Challenges, School Culture, Student Weaknesses, Testing

This guest post by Bobbi Snow, co-founder of The Community Public Charter School in Charlottesville, VA, exposes the impact high stakes testing has her school’s neuro-diverse students and the teachers who work with them. It was originally published on Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.  He was already exhausted and had 58 questions to go. On the second problem of the 8th grade … Read More

Biodiversity and Neurodiversity

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Today, April 22, is Earthday — a day to celebrate, appreciate, and advocate for our planet. This holiday seeks to build and sustain an international environmental awareness and ethos that reshapes how we conserve, preserve and manage the resources of our planet. Now celebrated or observed the world over, there is at least growing awareness about the challenges our planet … Read More

Transforming Batch and Queue

allkindsofmindsClassroom Culture, Learning, School Culture, Social Emotional Learning, Whole Child

Kim Carter, the Executive Director of our parent organization, Q.E.D. Foundation, was recently interviewed by the the good folks over at KQED’s Mindshift blog for a piece on competency-based learning. As a leading expert in the field, she had a number of insights into both the benefits of competency-based learning and critiques of the traditional “batch and queue” model.  Among … Read More

Oh, The Places You’ll Find Yourself — Spatially Speaking

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Graphomotor Function, Learning, Spatial Ordering, Whole Child

Below is a TED Talk by Neil Burgess, a neuroscientist at the University College in London, who researches, as described on the TED website, “how patterns of electrical activity in brain cells guide us through space.” [ted id=1349] Supplemental to the grid cells Dr. Burgess discusses are additional neurological systems that give us a sense of our surroundings. Dan Peterson, … Read More

Addressing Sensory Needs in the Classroom

allkindsofmindsAttention, Graphomotor Function, Learning, Learning Challenges, Learning Specialists, Nonverbal thinking, Whole Child

The following guest post is by Dr. Penny Cuninggim, Founder and Associate Director at New England Adolescent Research Institute (NEARI) and Director of the Brain-based Learning and Resource Center. You can sign up for NEARI’s “Smoothies for the Brain” Newsletter here.  Imagine your child in a world where something as basic and reliable as the sound of the school bell or … Read More

From “Deficits” to “Neurodiversity” — The Time Is Now

allkindsofmindsDemystification, Differentiated Learning, Learning

In a recent commentary piece at Education Week, author, speaker and educator Dr. Thomas Armstrong argues for tipping from a deficit model to a more inclusive (and enlightened) model that values students’ strengths, regardless of their learning profiles. He writes, I believe it’s time for a paradigm shift in the field of special education. Fortunately, a new concept has emerged … Read More