QUIZ: Do You Know the Difference Between Brain Training and Tutoring?

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brain training or tutoringDoes your child need brain training or tutoring? What’s the difference? Do you know? Take this short quiz, and see if you can tell the difference. Get a piece of paper, read through the two scenarios in each question, and write down which story is like brain training and which story is like tutoring.

Brain training or tutoring? Question #1

a.) An 9-year old boy is going out for soccer. He gets on to the team, but he starts to have trouble aiming the ball in the direction he wants it to go when he kicks. His coach pulls him aside and shows him how to control the angle of his kick, and tells him to go home and practice it. The boy practices his kick, and improves.

b.) Another young boy wants to play soccer, and tries out for the team. He cannot run as fast as the other boys, and is badly uncoordinated, so he doesn’t make the team. The coach suggests some weight training and balance exercises, and tells the boy that if he does those things faithfully, and runs every day, he will have a better chance to make the team next time. The next year, the boy comes back stronger and faster, and makes the team.

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Please Stop Talking

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Bored child in school classroomPlease stop talking. That’s what your child who is a kinesthetic learner is thinking – more often than you realize. Please just stop saying words, and let me do something. Let me please get up out of my chair. I’m going crazy here! Some teachers or parents may think a child is being stubborn, impatient, or a know-it-all, when really they just want you to get the message: they learn by doing, instead of listening.

If you have a little boy who would rather tear his truck apart than drive it around the living room carpet, he’s probably a kinesthetic learner. Does your daughter’s teacher complain that she’s always getting up to sharpen her pencil or ask to go to the bathroom? Don’t worry – it’s not ADHD, she’s a kinesthetic leaner. Does your high school student fall asleep on the couch with his textbook on his face? Kinesthetic learner.

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7 Essential Paths to Brain Fitness During the Summer

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SummerChances are, now that summer’s here, you aren’t thinking much about brain fitness (if you think about it at all). No, you’re thinking about playing tag, eating watermelon, or lying on the beach in the sun doing absolutely nothing, and I don’t blame you. But activities that boost physical and brain fitness during the summer can help you (and your family) enjoy the long summer days even more, and be ready for next fall – when cooler weather and challenging classes will require more of both the brain and the body.

Brain Fitness: It’s About Your Health

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Kill Your Television

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tv and the brainMy sixth grade teacher, Mr. Muir, was brilliant. He was kind, and funny, and encouraging, and he knew how to inspire even the most stubborn of his students (like me) to really care about learning. He had this thing in the classroom called the “what-is-it” of the week. It was a random weird item we’d never seen before. We’d have to figure it out what it was and guess at the end of each week, for a prize. There was also the “where-is-it” of the week, which was usually a photo of a place we’d never seen.

These things really stirred our imaginations. He was forever having us constructing things, sculpting things, writing stories… I remember being outside in the courtyard one spring, hammering away at a birdhouse. He was untiring in his zeal for teaching, and for his students. And I worked hard for him because I respected him. Mr. Muir also had a saying that I’ll never forget. He was known to randomly proclaim it in the middle of a lesson about something completely unrelated. That saying was…

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Live Long and Prosper: 5 Games to Make your Brain more Logical

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Everybody knows somebody who always says “I’m a logical person” or “I think rationally.” And many times we assume that being a logical thinker is just a personality trait – but the truth is, logical thinking can be trained and improved. Years ago, logic was taught in elementary school classrooms – logic, like math, follows a system of rules and laws that can be taught and applied theoretically and philosophically. But don’t be fooled: there’s a big difference between learning how logic works and having the ability to think logically.

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