Number Blindness: A Hidden Challenge for Mathematics

Educators often worry that some students just don’t “get” math. In truth, some fundamental difficulties with math may be indicators of mild dyscalculia, or “number blindness.” It’s hard to imagine an aspect of daily life that is not touched by numerical ideas: telephone numbers, street addresses, radio stations, bus schedules, currency, and time all depend […]

Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

Learn more about Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences as it applies to education. This article explores an important part of implementing Gardner’s theory in the classroom: assessing students’ “intelligences profiles.” “If a child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns.” – Rita Dunn, (from […]

What is Emotional Intelligence?

The emotional intelligence revolution has already impacted the education and corporate worlds. Is it possible that it is the answer we’ve been waiting for? IQ’s Shortcoming If there is anything close to a consensus in the understanding of intelligence, it is that the Intelligence Quotient, or “IQ” does not wholly account for an individual’s success […]

The Emotional Brain

Find out what goes on to create human perception and experiences of emotion — and why? Emotions as they are experienced can be broken into three categories: primary emotions, secondary emotions, and background emotions. Primary emotions are experienced as a byproduct of a stimulus-response chain of events; these emotional responses have, to some degree, been […]

Mental Illness at the Movies

What Draws Us To Films About Mental Illness? There is, arguably, something at stake in a movie about mental illness that is hard to find elsewhere, something maybe best described as identity itself. Unlike a movie about other serious illnesses — cancer, say — a movie about mental illness transcends ordinary issues of health. It’s […]

Inside the Minds of Animals

Clever Hans As the story is told, sometime late in the first decade of the twentieth century, a retired German mathematics teacher named Wilhelm von Osten discovered an odd thing about his horse. He had reason to believe that this particular animal, whose name was Hans, was capable of amazing, human-like powers of intellect. Von […]

Gifted Students

Link to Education Connection Gifted students are not necessarily those who bring home the best report cards, but may well be the students at the back of the classroom whose abilities go unnoticed. Find out more about the task of identifying gifted students and the development of special programs to address their needs. Identifying the […]

Can Music Education Enhance Brain Functioning and Academic Learning?

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Echoing Mozart: Discovering a Link between the Brain and Music When Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher published the results of their study on the relationship between music and spatial task performance in 1993, the “Mozart effect” became a popular term. It referred to the study’s findings that ten minutes of listening to Mozart can boost […]