No question, we’re all about books and literacy here at Scholastic. Heck, it’s written into our carpet! We’re passionate about math too though, and we do our best to provide teachers with useful resources and cutting-edge technology that improve learning and make it fun.
A new journal, BrainWorld
, with interesting articles connecting neuroscience and educa
tion, just launched, and the editors should probably thank Phineas Gage for getting the whole mind/brain movement started way back in 1848. Gage, while working on a railroad in Vermont, fell victim to an accidental explosion that sent an iron rod into and out of his skull. He survived, but he was a changed man (who wouldn’t be?). Gage went from being a sweet family man to someone of ill temper and foul language. The incident prompted an examination of the connection between brain damage and behavior that continues today. (You can read a bit more about Gage in Smithsonian Magazine
Fortunately, today we don’t have to wait for brain traumas to explore brain function. New technologies allow us to explore normal brain function as it happens. And BrainWorld is a new place to read about that research in a very accessible format. I recommend three pieces in particular from the current issue: a conversation with John Medina, author of Brain Rules
, and interviews with Howard Gardner
(of multiple intelligences fame) and neuroscientist/musician Daniel Levitin
(one of my favorites).
And if you’re curious about Tom Snyder Productions? Teachers and administrators can sign up for a free webex (either Jan. 27
or Feb. 24
) giving a sneak peek of Fraction Nation
, a brand new adaptive software program that teaches math fluency.