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The Motivated Brain

On January 5th, the group revisited the Primary SEEKING processes and then built their knowledge, into the Secondary and Tertiary SEEKING levels. Connections were made with the opening event learning around the Levels of Competence and to the Norms of Collaboration, specifically “Paying attention to self and others”. Active Processing activities were also studied.

The big takeaway: “Processing has to be done in a variety of ways, and multiple times to deepen learning because we have to activate the SEEKER so that he will WANT to SEEK further and WANT to SEEK further.


Next time we will be doing Chapter 4!



The Motivated Brain

Greetings!  I am attaching the powerpoint we shared on the first LCN date.  The presenter notes should open when prompted.   As you read the assignments (pp. 23-31) on the Eight Possible Reasons for diminished student engagement and motivation, and then (pp.39-45) on the Role of Dopamine as a neurotransmitter of motivation, I would  encourage you to think about these two questions:

How might the reasons for disengagement  fit your content or grade level and ultimate day to day work?

What new learnings are you taking away about the role of dopamine and the SEEKING system?

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When we gather in December, we will start with some reflections about these questions!

See you then!


How Children Succeed book study

We are about 10 days from the next LCN day.  I hope you are enjoying the chapter  (#3) on “How To Think”.  If you have not started it yet, it is rather long, but it will read like a story since it tracks an intermediate school, IS 318 in Brooklyn, and their chess team.  I will be bringing some videos in around this school and relating it to the larger idea of creating thinkers.  Enjoy and see you soon!!

Questions that are floating through my brain are around “FLOW” (term is defined in this chapter), and 10,000 hours of practice, coupled with the age old debate of whether it is better to develop interests in lots of things versus whether it is better to develop one skill/interest  deeply.


RtI in Literacy Reading Reminder


We are about 10 days away from our next LCN gathering and I wanted to remind you about the chapters for our conversation. We had agreed to read Chapter 12, “Closing the Gaps for the Hardest to Reach” and Chapter 14, “Reducing the Incidence of Early Reading Difficulties: Professional Development for Classroom Teachers Versus Direst Interventions for Children”.

Believe it or not, the chapters do shadow each other in theme.  I have been thinking about the first chapter especially, almost non stop since I read it.  It was rather mind blowing for me.  Especially when it is layered over our learnings last year from Peter Johnston and Doug Fisher’s Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework.  So I would like to switch up our discussion format just a bit and combine both articles for our conversation cafe when we meet.  I will give just a quick overview of the main points and then start the conversation with an essential question.

Happy Reading and I look forward to our time together on February 26th!!