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Teaching and Learning

November 9, 2013

Excellent Books for Educators

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Remember Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton?  At the end of each show he’d say “but you don’t have to take my word for it” and cue up a series of book suggestions narrated by children.  Those features occasionally struck a chord with me, and I would take that kid’s advice and check the book out […]

Teaching and Learning

September 27, 2013

Visual Learning: Walking the Walk, Teaching the Teacher

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I have my first exam of the semester coming up in a week for my Functional Human Neuroanatomy class. I am thus forced to ask myself…how should one approach teaching a complex, detailed, vocabulary-intense subject like neuroanatomy, when the student is…you? Wanting to stay true to my pedagogical beliefs, I keep reminding myself of the […]

Pedagogy,Perspectives

September 11, 2013

What is your Ideal School?

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As part of my course work  in School Change this semester, I was tasked with writing a 3-4 page reflective piece on a description of my “ideal school”.  It has been my career-long goal to one day design and lead a school of my own creation, thus it proved somewhat difficult for me to keep […]

Perspectives

September 2, 2013

Several September Starts…

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Back to school time is always buzzing with changes and my world is no exception. My (relatively) newborn son Finn is now 3 months old; he is full of smiles, has exceptional head control, and is pruning his little neural networks to form a more efficient brain – his manipulation of his elephant toy is […]

Perspectives

May 24, 2013

Spring Semester Updates

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Whew! As I wipe the sweat from my brow on this humid New York City springtime afternoon, I cannot believe it is already May, and that I am one year through my masters program.  These past couple of months have been frantic with several class projects coinciding with lots of house-work in preparation for the […]

Brain Bridge

February 19, 2013

Why Educational Leaders Should Learn Cognitive Neuroscience

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  As many readers know, I am applying to be a student speaker at the TEDX Teachers College event in April.  The big idea that I am hoping to share is why there needs to be a shift in how educational leaders (school and district administrators) are trained in university programs – from a focus […]

Perspectives

February 13, 2013

Changing how we Educate Educational Leaders

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I often talk about my time as a karate instructor as not only my first experience as a teacher, but also my first experience as a leader.  From the time I was 16 until I graduated college, I taught hundreds of children and adults American Karate, trained assistant instructors and eventually promoted several of my […]

Perspectives

February 10, 2013

TEDX Teachers College Application Video

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Here is my introduction video for the TED X TC event. The goal was to give a brief idea of who I am and what I’m all about – which basically boils down to martial arts, neuroscience, and education.  The video had to be less than 5 minutes, so I brought it home in a […]

Perspectives

January 17, 2013

Plans for my Student Submission to the TEDX-TC Event

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Since my first year teaching, I’ve had an idea.  It’s not a crazy idea.  It is not a overly-complicated or convoluted idea.  But looking at the state of things in public education, it is apparently not an obvious idea, or in the very least, not an idea that is widely championed. So I want to […]

Brain Bridge

January 8, 2013

Computer & Exercise based Intervention Program for Students with ADHD

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Before the fall semester at Teachers College wound to a close, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Dr. Bruce Wexler, professor of Psychiatry at Yale, and founder of C8Sciences.  Admittedly, I walked into the hall full of coffee and skepticism; I can still cringe remembering my first principal pitching some ridiculous PD […]