Category Archives: Brain Development

What is Brain Development? According to Joan Stiles and Terry L. Jernigan in The Basics of Brain DevelopmentHuman brain development is a protracted process that begins in the third gestational week (GW) with the differentiation of the neural progenitor cells and extends at least through late adolescence, arguably throughout the lifespan. The processes that contribute to brain development range from the molecular events of gene expression to environmental input.

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Trusting the Path of Kharakter

Seventheen-month-old Zoe begins her life as an artist. Zoe’s mother gave her a box of colored chalk, and took her into the back yard. Talking all the while, her mother showed her how to make an apple on one of … Continue reading

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Being Right & Being Wrong: Two Sides of the Stupid Coin

You can either be right, or be in a relationship; not both. —Katherine Schulz (Being Wrong, 2010) FIfth-grade teacher Beverly Button, was famous for being “strong on discipline.” The culture of the school put a high priority on “discipline,” and so … Continue reading

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Relationship problem? Tried Everything? What to Do?

If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a minute. –Mark Twain When your relationship is less than wonderful, and you have run through your usual repertoire, here’s the plan: 1. Don’t react; Act. 2) Listen actively. … Continue reading

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What are the Key Ingredients for a Child’s Success?

Five-year-old Sokha, a Cambodian orphan adopted by a white couple, came into our kindergarten. He immediately showed himself to be a happy, gregarious, curious boy. But Sokha engaged with others in ways they were not used to.  Please follow and like … Continue reading

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Why Many SEL Programs Fail

“Although ‘Social-Emotional-Learning may be intended to empower students, many elementary students in these programs learn to equate leadership with obedience. Please follow and like us:

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