Neuroscience meets EDucation through NED Learning with this
free ‘print it yourself’ challenge board that will excite and engage your
classroom. With 40 years of evidence based research behind it, the Challenge
Board uses a neural model designed to motivate students with critical thinking
and collaboration. Its gained so much popularity with teachers we have decided
to launch a Kickstarter so you can get your own pre built board, but in the
meantime with the following instructions you can build your own.

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NED : A quote from one of the teachers we worked with recently:

TEACHER : Just had the best class with the toughest student. She came in with an attitude. She asked what we were doing. I gave her the notes and said we were doing a challenge. She said…”ugh…I hate these stupid challenges, they are so boring”. So I said…”then I’m not doing them right if it’s boring.” I asked her help me make it better and that I need her input. Then we do the challenge. She plugs in. She wants to help me make it better. She has a great time in class. Stays after laughing and telling me about a video that she wants to share that relates to the challenge. Also tells me how she would prefer to do the notes.
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Many parents and teachers are familiar with cases already—children are constantly in detention, isolated outside of the principal’s office, can barely pay attention unless it is something that they really want to do, and peers avoid them like the plague. Today, biological and cognitive neuro-scientists offer a completely new way to think about genetics and human behavior—perhaps your child is an orchid and needs a greenhouse in order to thrive.

Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like orchids: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. In truth, we all have the same genes, but because some genes are polymorphic in their make-up, variant expressions can occur outside of our control, which can have very powerful bearing on our lives and livelihoods.

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If you have teens living in your home, they probably treat their alarm snooze button like a whack-a-mole. This obsession with sleeping in, staying up late and maintaining irregular sleep patterns may seem like a slovenly waste of time. Not really!

While asleep, our brains are not shut down. In fact our brains are a flurry of activity moving through a predicable cycle of 5 stages every 90 minutes or so. Even though progress through these sleep cycles is relatively predictable, each individual has unique sleep needs and patterns based on an individual circadian rhythm.

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In this blog we describe a learning model that is used successfully in many diverse environments and across age groups. We focus on K-12 education(1) but it works just as well with adult learning and industry teaching and learning.(2) Learning models are not new. They have been used for centuries (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Froebel, Locke, Jefferson, Mann, Dewey, Piaget, Pavlov, Skinner, Simon, Montessori, Vygotsky) to enhance teachers’ roles in the classroom.(3)

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Timothy Kieran O’Mahony, PhD. of the UW Life Center and ICNTL, LLC has been awarded the 2017 Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa’s Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Award reflects the imagery on the Phi Beta Kappa key, a hand pointing to the stars. It honors those who encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and untouched destinations to reach. Kieran was selected for this award for his work on his pedagogical model and software (Synap2Brane), which is a neuroscience-based teaching and learning methodology.
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