Sunday, June 30, 2013

Learning how to learn: The learning experience for students at Stonefields School in New Zealand

An important video for young people to watch:  These kids talk about how they learn.

at Minute 2:23 there is a chart.  Each Learner Quality is connected to sample sentences for the students to memorize.

Here's another video...

What do you do when you get stuck?
I use my prior knowledge
I use my learner quality of "being determined."

The Pit
We learn by falling into a Pit and then we build a way out of the Pit.

Minute 4:15
What do you do when you get stuck?
"I ask a buddy and I use the secrets that my teacher gave us."

Minute 4:36
Student:  I thought learning was doing what the teacher says.  That's surface learning.

Now I see that there is deeper learning.
Knowing how we learn.
I learn when I use the "learner qualities."

This is the "mission statement" at Stonefields School:
Developing each learner holistically is critical in creating curious individuals who think and relate well to others. There are four overarching vision principles that Stonefields School believes are important for each individual will acquire during their 8 years.

The "Clean Queen" reward -- a ticket that a student might receive for having a neat desk

External rewards to encourage behavior changes.

This is a screenshot from the video

See the Clean Queen Video

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brain development of teenagers... some useful websites

The Office of Population Affairs has a series of tutorials that are helpful.   I pointed readers to this website when we looked at Social Media and Brain Development.

This series is worth a look

  1. The Teen Brain: It's Just Not Grown Up Yet : NPR › News › Health › Your Health
    Mar 1, 2010 – Jensen is a Harvard expert on epilepsy, not adolescent brain development. As she coped with her boys' sour moods and their exasperating ...
  2. COMMENT:  This interview evolved from a National Geographic article.  

    1. Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine
      The first full series of scans of the developing adolescent brain—a NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) project that studied over a hundred young people as they ...
    2. The Teenage Brain - National Geographic Magazine -
      The first full series of scans of the developing adolescent brain—a NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) project that studied over a hundred young people as they ...
    3. National Geographic's October 2011 Article, "The New Science of ...
      Oct 6, 2011 – This article, “The New Science of the Teenage Brain,” by David ... October 2011 National Geographic magazine is well worth the read. ... the teen brain's physical development [see image, as example] and its activity patterns.
    4. Beautiful Brains - National Geographic | WYMAN
      Oct 18, 2011 – National Geographic highlight on the complexity of the humanbrain... The Beautiful Teenage Brain – Highlighted in the National Geographic... extremely necessary to help brains complete their development into adulthood.


    HowStuffWorks "Teenage Brain Development"
    Teenage brain development is like an entertainment center that hasn't been fully hooked up. Learn about teenage brain development and the prefrontal cortex.
  3. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent ...
    Sep 17, 2012
    Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than ... typically “teenage” behavior ...
  4. More videos for brain development of teenagers »
  5. Work In Progress - Adolescent Brains Are A Work In Progress ... - PBS
    As the prefrontal cortex matures, teenagers can reason better, develop more control over impulses and make judgments better. In fact, this part of the brainhas ...
  6. Overview of Adolescent Brain Development › ... › OAPP Adolescent Brain Development
    Overview of Adolescent Brain Development. Over the past 25 years, scientists and researchers have made enormous strides in the area of brain functionality ...
  7. Adolescent Brain Development
    Adolescent Brain Development self-directed module.
  8. NIMH · The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction
    An understanding of how the brain of an adolescent is changing may help explain.... This last question has been the central reason to study brain development ...
  9. The teenage brain | Science News for Kids
    Oct 17, 2012 – By peering into the brains of teenagers, scientists who study brain development have begun finding answers. The evolved teenager.
  10. Dream Online: The teenage brain - Children's Hospital Boston
    Two discoveries prompted much of their scientific interest: that teenagers' brains are only about 80 percent fully developed and that brain development isn't ...
  11. Scientists unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain - Telegraph › Science › Science News
    May 15, 2013 – So by the use of imaging and other tools we can really tap into these features of the adolescent brain and understand how they develop over ...
It's difficult to remember the limitations of the teenage brain.  "If only I knew then what I know now about the brain's capacity."  Or maybe the lack of a fully developed brain would have kept me from absorbing this information...

Dan Heath points out that "to make a change in behavior, we often need to SEE it, so we can FEEL it, to get the energy to MAKE the change."

  • Dan Heath: Want Your Organization to Change? Put ... - YouTube
    Sep 17, 2010 - Uploaded by FastCompany
    Making Strategy Simpleby FastCompany 5,488 views; 2:13. Watch Later Trailer: Switch by Chip ...
  • Why Change Is So Hard - YouTube
    Sep 17, 2010 - Uploaded by FastCompany
    Dan Heath: Want Your Organization to Change? Put Feelings Firstby FastCompany 15,552 views; 2 ...

  • CONFIRMATION BIAS (links to items by Dan Heath)
    We tend to confirm what we know
  • Decisively fun time with Dan Heath (Human Business Way podcast 57)
  • Confirmation bias can get in the way of smart hiring decisions (, Mar 20, 2013)
  • Confirmation bias: why both sides of the global warming debate are nearly always right (Forbes, Aug 2012)
  • Confirmation bias (You Are No So Smart, June 2010)
  • Do you only see what you want to see? (Pokhran)
  • Confirmation bias (Wikipedia)
  • - See more at:

    I wonder if reading this list of articles might be a way of letting kids know that "If you just survive the next ten years, you'll wake up with a fully developed brain and then you can decide whether or not to try this risky actions..."

    Well, we know that an article is read more closely when there are photos, so here are some photos from the Oct. 2011 magazine article by National Georgraphic.

    Thanks for reading so far.  See more photos here...