Welcome! (update)

This is the blog of the 2013 Brain Development and Learning Conference in Vancouver, BC, from July 24-28.  To find out more information and register, click on the CONFERENCE Tab at the top of this page and select the appropriate link.

In the weeks that come, we’ll introduce you to some of the speakers who you’ll hear at the conference and to other researchers at the cutting edge of neuroscience and its applications. We’ll also share information about community groups working on mental health issues, educational innovations using new findings to improve learning, and other cross-discipinary applications of neuroscience research.

Two new blog features this year are:

  • the Interactive Library of curated resources accessed from the 2nd tab from the right — up top. If you have suggestions, please post a reply and share the link or make a comment directly on the Scoop.it collection.
  • the RSS feeds from 1 or 2 top blogs that you’ll find when you click the BDL Blog tab up top. If you have a great blog to share, please let us know.

The new blog writer this year is Sue Hellman — an educator interested in the applications of neuroscience to teaching and learning. She apologizes in advance for any errors in her summarizing of the science, and asks that you send feedback to reassure her when she’s on the right track or correct misapprehensions so she can get things right.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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3 thoughts on “Welcome! (update)

  1. I just wanted to briefly comment on the far reaching impact of the Brain Development and Learning Conference. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the past two conferences and have already registered and booked my flights for this year’s conference!
    As a Special Education Consultant for an Ontario Board of Education, I regularly have the opportunity to “spread the word”. I have found myself repeatedly bringing forth information gained at these conference sessions to share with learning resource teachers & special class teachers at various in-service opportunities over the last few years. I also attend regular sessions for principals organized by our superintendent and to each of these meetings I bring a “gift” of information gained during one of my sessions at previous Brain Development and Learning conferences.
    For the last year I have also started teaching additional special education qualifications courses in the evening for teachers, not only from our board, but from neighbouring boards as well. Once again, I find myself constantly referring to information gained from sessions attended at the two Brain Development and Learning conferences! I have already alerted those who will be taking their Special Ed Specialist certification with me this July that they will not only be getting an extra few days off while I attend this year’s conference, but that they will also be the first to receive information “hot off the presses” from this exceptional conference upon my return!
    Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for professional development! Your efforts are far reaching…

  2. I am so excited to hear that John Mighton will be speaking at the Brain Development & Learning Conference at UBC this July.
    His belief that every child can learn to think mathematically is the core foundation of his math program, JUMP Math. I had the fortunate opportunity to watch John Mighton teach a math lesson on perimeter to elementary aged children two years ago. He had every child engaged, excited and thinking about math in that classroom. No child was excluded. The energy in that room was unforgettable and a powerful reminder of what can happen when you make understanding accessible to the whole classroom. I look forward to hearing John talk about math and learning this July.

    E.Bodnaruk
    Vancouver, BC

  3. In over thirty years of teaching, I have used many strategies and manipulatives, with some success, to help my high school students who have weak basic Math skills. Three years ago, I started to use John Mighton’s JUMP Math. The Mental Math exercises and the “one-concept/skill-at-a-time” approach have been highly effective in filling in my students’ Math cavities and allowing many of them to experience, for the first time in many years, the excitement of “Yes, I can do Math!” This has enabled some to move out of the modified Math stream into the so-called “regular” Math program.

    JUMP Math has gone beyond the Math classroom for me! I have learned to restructure my International Baccalaureate Chemistry instruction to ” horizontal teaching” which has simplified such challenging topics as Organic Chemistry Reaction Mechanisms. I deliver mini lessons to teach one step and give the students the chance to practise that step before introducing the next step. It is a simple but brilliant approach! Why did I not think of it before? I can only thank John for opening my eyes and showing me the way.

    Siew Lau

    IB CAS Coordinator

    Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

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