Category: Dr. David A. Sousa

How Building Expertise Ignited Our Transformation

By Dr. Jane Bartley It’s the beginning of a new year, when resolutions for professional and personal growth collide with a new fiscal year funding cycle that can make those goals a reality. It’s the perfect time to make an ardent recommendation to my fellow educators: If you attend just

Is Technology Shortening Students’ Attention Spans?

The answer might surprise you. According to Dr. David A. Sousa, educational neuroscience consultant and award-winning author of Engaging the Rewired Brain, the answer is no… with a big qualifier. No, technology doesn’t shorten students’ attention spans. Today’s learners are capable of focusing on one thing for just as long

Book Preview – Engaging the Rewired Brain

By Scott Sterling Earlier this year, we published a series of posts based on Dr. David A. Sousa’s book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them. In it, one of the leaders in the field of neuroscience and education took our current assessment-based educational culture and made

Humans have always been obsessed with time—with good reason

Brain-Friendly Conditions for Assessment

By Scott Sterling In our “brain-friendly” series, building on the work of Dr. David A. Sousa and his book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them, we’ve talked about the what, why, and how of assessment: What is assessment, as opposed to testing? Why do we do

Is this truly brain-friendly? Can it be?

The Difference Between Assessment and Testing

By Scott Sterling Testing is the most contentious issue in education today, often creating a wedge between factions of the educational structure, crossing political and social lines. As educators, we know that assessment helps us do our jobs efficiently; what we could do without is testing. Dr. David A. Sousa,