Monday, May 12, 2014

Don't Underestimate Sophisticated Young Readers of Today

I was surprised by a bunch of first graders at an author visit last week with Mrs. Attard's class at Kohl Elementary in Broomfield, CO. After reading my new picture book (Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!) with them, I found out that each of these six and seven year olds wanted to be a ninja (or in several instances, ninja princesses). That didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was how sophisticated these kids were with the writing process.

I began quizzing the class about what makes a good story and what their first step should be. I expected them to say to shout out a number of possible responses. My plan was to introduce the holy trinity of writing: character, plot and setting.

But I didn't expect what I got.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BRAIN RESEARCH & LITERACY (part 3): Interview with NYT Best Selling author, Michael Gurian




Today we have the 3rd and final part of our interview with Michael Gurian. Michael is a marriage counselor and New York Times bestselling author of 26 books.

In this addition, Michael discusses gender specific strategies for raising and educating boys. You'll hear about:
  • The Pinocchio Effect
  • Male/Female Differentiated Learning
  • Writers and Educators in 3-Family System
  • Significance of The Quest in literature
  • Whole-Brain Approach to Boys' Education







Pet Scan showing brain activity in male vs. female















Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BRAIN RESEARCH & LITERACY (part 2): Interview with NYT Best Selling author, Michael Gurian



Today we have the 2nd part of a 3-part interview with Michael Gurian. Michael is a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty six books published in twenty one languages.


In this edition, Michael discusses:
  • the growing literacy gap between girls and boys
  • some of the more than 100 differences between male and female brains (structural, chemical, and processing)
  • significance of testosterone in brain development
Check back for Part 3.
















Friday, March 14, 2014

BRAIN RESEARCH & LITERACY (part 1): Interview with NYT Best Selling author, Michael Gurian



I'm so pleased to bring to this blog and 3-part interview with Michael Gurian. Michael is a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty six books published in twenty one languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. As a social philosopher, Michael has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy.

Check back in a few weeks for parts 2 and 3.