Friday, January 28, 2011

Early Childhood Brain Insights

I love learning and discovering more about teaching preschoolers and kindergartners. Over the past year or so I've learned so much from all my new blog friends. I visit quite a few blogs regularly (and some more sporadically) but I'm always on the lookout for new places to visit and learn from.

One of my most recent additions to my regular surfing is Early Childhood Brain Insights. At that blog, Deborah regularly covers ways that brain development and child's learning intersect. Her posts are interesting and informative. She is a strong advocate for kids learning through experiences and play. One of her most recent posts shows scans that contrast the size of regular exploring 3-year-old and a neglected 3-year-old. Go to her blog and see the scans. It's amazing.

For a while, I've been interested in brain development and how that impacts our practice as teachers. Erik Jensen's work first stimulated my interest. (Here's a previous post about my experience in a training conference with Erik Jensen.) In the weeks ahead, I'll post some reflections on brain-based learning and what that means for us as preschool and kindergarten teachers.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about brain-based learning...or a new blog to add to my growing list.


  1. Good timing Scott! Sherry and I have just held a couple of days of workshops on 'engaging boys' so we have done a little research on the way boys brains develop and how those amazing neural pathways are connected (or not) and it's ALL so fascinating. I will have to look up Dr. Jensen now!
    Thank you so much!
    Donna :) :)

  2. Hi Scott

    Thanks for linking up on Facebook. I'm currently looking at the impact of Attachment Disorder and how time in nature can nurture children who have received inconsistent parenting/neglect as part of a case study. It's nothing academic but just terribly sad when you see such vulnerable children.

  3. i'm super excited that you shared the link to that brainy blog. i try to focus my coursework on brain research and am excited to explore new blogs that focus on that aspect of child development.

    stephanie (from beansprouts!)