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Sunday, September 21, 2014

I am posting this today because I think we sometimes view meta-cognition as an isolated strategy taught in school. However, I believe any process involving making a decision is a form of meta-cognition...so here is a article that we may want to consider...including what role we may play in the areas of the teens' development discussed here. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

How teens' development affects their decision-making capacity
Adolescents' development in three areas -- identity, independence and peer relationships -- forms their sense of self, writes Stephen Gray Wallace, director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education at Susquehanna University. In this blog post, Wallace and 15-year-old Peter Worzala, describe how attending summer camp can contribute to this development, and how a high sense of self improves teens' decision-making capacity and ability to resist negative societal pressures. PsychologyToday.com/Decisions Teens Make blog (9/11)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I am posting this article here because it deals wit devloping the brain. Meta-cognition requires a certain level of langauge development and it is possible - in my opinion - that the two are linked. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Physical activity may be linked to brain connectivity in children

Brain scans of 24 9- to 10-year-olds showed differences in white matter structure among physically active children and their less-fit peers. Greater fitness levels may improve blood flow and increase the size of certain areas of the brain, according to the study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

As we move forward, trying to support each student as they move towards success, we need to thinl about building on interests - not only for engagement - but also due to the strategies students accomplish around their areas of interest. This is a great article. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD.

Student choice helps educators differentiate instruction
Students' interests can help educators develop differentiated learning experiences, education consultant John McCarthy writes in this blog post. He highlights the advantages of student choice, tools teachers can use to tap into student interests and tips to manage student-driven assignments. Edutopia.org/Differentiated Instruction blog (8/25)Bookmark and Share