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Dr Marianela Diaz - Innovative Early, Bilingual Education in Panama

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 30, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Peter Barnes

Psychologist and Educator, Dr Marianela Diaz searched the world for best practices in early learning before establishing the first Cleverest Education learning centre in Panama.  

She discovered Singapore leads in many aspects of early education and spoke about her experiences in a conversation on the Learning Capacity Podcast.

Dr Diaz says, "Since I am a psychologist and I'm into education, I know that the most important years are the very early on, the first five years is where you make your neuron connections. So, that's why we decided to go into early education". 

"I also wanted to do something that would actually coexist with cognitive learning and emotional learning".

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Topics: Podcasts, Early Learners

How You Can Spot Weak Cognitive Skills in Your Classroom

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Peter Barnes

What’s happening in your students’ brains when they can’t follow your classroom instructions? What if a student doesn’t want to answer your question? And why do some students struggle to tell a story?

These are all signs that a student may have a weakness in one or more key cognitive skills. Skills essential for learning.

As well as language skills, we all need four key thinking skills for effective learning. They are: memory, attention, processing, and sequencing.

Here are some behaviours you might notice if your students have a weakness in these skills:

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Topics: Educational Neuroscience, Following Instructions, Early Learners, Fast ForWord, Learning Difficulties

Free Early Learners Neuroscience Program for 70 Schools & PreSchools

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 6, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Peter Barnes

I’m turning 70 soon. 

But instead of getting a present, I’m giving one.

My reverse-70th-birthday present is giving 70 schools and/or preschools in Australia and New Zealand the Kiko’s Thinking Time early learner program. 

Entirely free for Term 4, 2016. Why?

Because I’m excited about learning. I’ve been a lifelong learner. I’m still learning – from books, from the Internet, from courses, from conferences, from my friends and colleagues.

I know the value of learning for pleasure, interest and career.

Over the last two decades I have watched students and adults improve their learning using programs such as Fast ForWord, Cogmed and BrainHQ that have been developed from the convergence of neuroscience research and technology . 

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Topics: Kiko's Thinking Time, Early Learners

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