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Classroom environment: Not just rooms of Ikea furniture. Simon Brooks.

Posted by Colin Klupiec on August 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Colin Klupiec

How do we create great environments for learning at school?

In my final interview of the 8 part Cultures of Thinking series with education consultant Simon Brooks on The Learning Capacity Podcast, we explore answers to this question. 

Cultures of Thinking is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

In the series of interviews with Educator, Simon Brooks, I have been delving into each of the 8 cultural forces that, according to Ron Ritchhart, we must master in order to truly transform our schools.

This is Part 8 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools.

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Topics: Podcasts, Cultures of Thinking

How Important are Student-Teacher Interactions? Simon Brooks

Posted by Colin Klupiec on August 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Colin Klupiec

Cultures of Thinking is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

In a series of interviews with Educator, Simon Brooks, on The Learning Capacity Podcast I have been delving into each of the 8 cultural forces that, according to Ron Ritchhart, we must master in order to truly transform our schools.

Simon Brooks, who spent years implementing cultures of thinking into his classrooms, now helps teachers introduce the framework in their schools. 

This is Part 7 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools.

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Topics: Podcasts, For Principals

EAL Teacher Justine Lam Shares Success Stories With Reading Assistant

Posted by Colin Klupiec on July 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Colin Klupiec


English as an additional language teacher, Justine Lam, at Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne has been using the online reading tutor program, Reading Assistant, for two years. 

She spoke to the Learning Capacity Podcast about how successful it has been, not only for English Language Learners, but also for students struggling with reading. In this podcast episode Justine describes how pleased the teachers, students and their parents have been with Reading Assistant. And also how teachers play a very important role; it's not just the computer alone.

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Topics: English Language Learners, Reading, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts, Reading Assistant, English Language Learning Challenges

Educating with Neuroscience Conference 2016, Melbourne 26 August

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 26, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Peter Barnes


Educators have been a bit late in applying the immense value of neuroscience, but it’s here in education right now, according to Dr Steve Miller, keynote speaker at the Educating with Neuroscience 2016 conference (ENS 2016) in Melbourne on Friday 26 August.

“It's here now, and if you haven't looked you may not have noticed it,” he says. “Here's the examples I give people:

  • Pro athletes are doing neuroscience training to be better at being competitive athletes. 
  • The military in a dozen countries uses brain training to make their elite teams more consistently elite. 
  • Every hospital has a neuroscience team that uses neuroscience technologies in neurology to help assess things. 
  • Companies around the world, if you look at the Fortune top 100 companies, half of them have done a neuroscience study to see what they should be doing to make something more effective, or improve decision making, or to make decision making work among their consumers. 

The place where it's last, to be honest, is in the learning space, in education.”

Expert and experienced speakers at ENS 2016 Conference

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Topics: Podcasts, Educational Neuroscience

Thinking Routines in the Classroom. Not Just an Activity? Simon Brooks

Posted by Colin Klupiec on July 21, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Colin Klupiec

I have been having an ongoing 8 episode discussion with educational consultant, Simon Brooks about Cultures of Thinking. This is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

In each of the discussions we delve into the 8 cultural forces that, according to Ron Ritchhart, we must master in order to truly transform our schools.

In this episode, part 6, I discuss the cultural force of 'routines' with Simon, who spent years implementing cultures of thinking into his classrooms. I asked Simon if routines are more than just another classroom activity. 

This is Part 6 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools.

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Topics: Learning, Podcasts, Cultures of Thinking

Cultures of Thinking: Simon Brooks on Using the Force of Opportunities

Posted by Colin Klupiec on July 3, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Colin Klupiec

Cultures of Thinking is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

On the Learning Capacity Podcast, I have been speaking with educational consultant, Simon Brooks about each of the 8 cultural forces in the framework. In this discussion we look at what it means to create ‘opportunities’ for learning in our classrooms.

This is Part 5 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools.

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Topics: School, Learning, Podcasts, Teaching, Cultures of Thinking

How Fast ForWord Helped Finn: Autism, Language & Reading Improvements

Posted by Colin Klupiec on June 30, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Colin Klupiec

Watching your child grow up is exciting and wondrous. You marvel at what they pick up and how they develop.

For Kim Rackemann and her husband, the journey with their son Finn wasn’t quite so straightforward. Finn wasn’t really hitting the usual milestones. He was found to be on the Autism Spectrum, and the main indicator was his language delay.

Despite some scepticism, Finn started the Fast ForWord program, and in what seemed to be a short space of time, the improvements started. I spoke to Kim on The Learning Capacity Podcast where she shared Finn’s story.

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Topics: Autism, Fast ForWord, Podcasts, Reading Difficulties

Cultures of Thinking: Simon Brooks on the Cultural Force of Modelling

Posted by Colin Klupiec on June 28, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Colin Klupiec

Should teachers be good role models? And if so, how should they go about it?  

Cultures of Thinking is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

In a series of interviews on The Learning Capacity Podcast with education consultant Simon Brooks I have been delving into each of the 8 cultural forces that, according to Ron Ritchhart, we must master in order to truly transform our schools.  

Simon has spent years implementing cultures of thinking into his classrooms, and now helps teachers introduce the framework in their schools.

In this interview we take a look at what it means to be a role model and what that might look like in the classroom.

This is Part 4 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools.

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Topics: Podcasts, Cultures of Thinking

How Fast ForWord Helped Heal and Restore a Life: Ester’s Story

Posted by Colin Klupiec on June 26, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Colin Klupiec

This is a story that defies the odds. It involves years of illness, crushing diagnoses by doctors, and miraculous recovery. It demonstrates how the brain really can change itself.

And it also involves Fast ForWord, a neuroscience based program used for both remedial learning, and learning enhancement. In a special episode of the Learning Capacity Podcast, I spoke to a mother about her daughter’s journey through illness to recovery. 

Given the nature of the details involved, I refer to my guest only as Esther, which is her real name, and her children. 

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Fast ForWord, Podcasts

Cultures of Thinking: Simon Brooks on using the Force of Time

Posted by Colin Klupiec on June 19, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Colin Klupiec

Ticking away, the moments that make up a dull day. Is that your school day?

Cultures of Thinking is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

In a series of interviews with education consultant Simon Brooks I have been delving into each of the 8 cultural forces that, according to Ron Ritchhart, we must master in order to truly transform our schools.  Simon has spent years implementing cultures of thinking into his classrooms, and now helps teachers introduce the framework in their schools. In this episode of The Learning Capacity Podcast we discuss the cultural force of time.

This is Part 3 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools. 

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Topics: School, Learning, Podcasts, Teaching, Cultures of Thinking

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