Archive for the ‘neuroplasticity’ Category

Excellent resource for educators. Download at



What are Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive functioning skills (EF), located in the brain’s pre-frontal cortex, help direct and control other brain functions and movements that lead to academic and personal success. Executive functioning (EF) skills have been compared to the conductor of an orchestra or the flight control tower at an airport. These skills will continue to develop until around the age of 25 when research in brain development has shown that the pre-frontal cortex reaches maturity.

In K-12 students, whose executive functioning skills are not yet fully developed, regulation of these skills often falls on parents and educators. These adults often function as the frontal lobe of the developing student’s brain and provide the needed external prompts, cues, and reminders to accomplish tasks, manage time, and stay organized.

Find the apps at

All cultures of which I know use story-telling with children and sometimes even with adults. Why is this practice so popular across cultures and educational levels? And how could the world of education benefit from it? Read more The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory at

Interesting study results at

Never underestimate the role of metacognition!  More at


Research has identified three levels of reporting on metacognitive processes:

1. Verbalization of knowledge that is already in a verbal state (such as recalling what happened in a story).

2. Verbalization of nonverbal knowledge (such as recalling how one solved a Rubik’s Cube).

3. Verbalization of explanations of verbal or nonverbal knowledge (such as explaining how one makes use of the rhetorical structures of a story as one reads).

Only this third level of metacognitive process has been linked to improved results in problem solving.

Everyone must know these facts. 

Bottom line:  Use or lose it.

The more learning, the better, that is the bottom line.  Watch it at