By Michael A Scaddan
This advisor converts present findings on mind study into enjoyable and powerful concepts for introducing brain-compatible studying and bettering attempt ends up in the K–12 school room.
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M. m. is optimal. Be aware that teenagers operate on a later cycle-pattern and function better into the afternoon and evening (Schacter, 1996). 39 40 DEVELOPING PATTERNS AND COHERENCE • These circadian rhythms are affected by sunlight, so we tend to be more optimistic on bright days or during summer and more pessimistic on dull days or during winter (Howard, 2000). • Because our body clock is related to the sun, events such as sleep-ins on weekends and holidays, as well adjusting the clock for daylight savings, can have a major effect on many people.
Move two steps and find a partner. Think about what we have just covered in the topic. Rate it as a 1, 2, or 3 with 3 being that you strongly agree, 2 that you are uncertain, and 1 that you strongly disagree. • Compare your ratings with your partner’s and discuss why you rated it the way you did. • • • • A state-change may be an energy booster such as a “stand up and stretch” activity. It could be a mini-break with a task to move to upon return. It may involve mind mapping, a group activity, or a discussion.
I designed a small booklet that summarized these rules, and it was mailed to the students after their first term at high school to remind them of our continual relationship with them. Rather than punishing to achieve results, the emphasis was placed on upskilling students and empowering them with the ability to make better choices. Detention was officially renamed “Skills for Life,” and I always began by communicating with students that the time would be spent on improving their opportunities and skills to make more informed choices.