Author Archives: Abner Oakes

#Neuromyths – or There is No Right Brain/Left Brain

I overheard someone the other day talking to a companion about my “right brain” and was struck by how much detail this person went into – detail that is, scientifically speaking, completely untrue. The left brain/right brain dichotomy that we … Continue reading

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She lived an extraordinary life

My mother-in-law died last week, and I miss her very much. Hard to imagine this world without her. Read my wife’s tribute below, and you will miss her too. ************************************************************************************ Truda Cleeves Jewett died peacefully at home on October 18, … Continue reading

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Brain-informed teaching and learning

I get to do a whole variety of things at my work, and some of the most interesting is related to the science of learning – another phrase for brain-informed teaching and learning. Over the past year or so, we’ve … Continue reading

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Building culture on Twitter

For the last year or so I’ve been involved with a Twitter spark chat with the hashtag #BFC530. It stands for “Breakfast Club, 5:30 am,” identifying that, yes, we remember our John Hughes’ movies and that, yes, the chat happens … Continue reading

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Chromebooks and teaching and learning

Our school district has delayed the further roll out of a program for Chromebooks at several different grade levels, and on our community listserv, the back and forth about this move (which amounted to a savings of about 0.12% of … Continue reading

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Middle schoolers and their digital literacy

Last PTA meeting of the school year last night and a vigorous discussion about social media, its use and (particularly) misuse by middle schoolers, and multiple ideas on helping these young people and their parents better understand the issues around … Continue reading

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