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Brain Hacking 101: Your Mind Is A Toxic Cesspool. Clean It. Then Hack It.

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Is this a sick joke?


Is this one of those Doctor shows in which a brilliant brain surgeon performs a miraculous brain procedure to save the life of another amazing MD main character and his love interest?

Not even.

Is this one one of those annoying marketing schemes during which you are brainwashed into spending hundreds of dollars on plumbing repairs while being thoroughly grossed out?

Wrong again. Stop it! Relax. No one's selling anything here. Just the truth. And, for the next 72 hours, it's completely free.

In fact, it is free forever.

My intent is to create a series of infographics explaining BRAIN-BASED LEARNING HACKS in the next several weeks.

Each infographic I will put out into the ether will be fact and research-based and intended to be a resource for educators and students. If you are a lead learner (very clever - took me a while to figure out this is code for "principal" or maybe "sup"?) SHARE THEM WITH THE OTHER EDUCATORS in your building/district. If you are a teacher like me ("lifelong learner"?) SHARE THEM WITH YOUR STUDENTS.

Much of the information below is inspired by what I learned from a Massive Online Open Course or MOOC through Coursera and University of California, San Diego named "Learning How To Learn" developed by Dr. Barbara Oakley. I strongly encourage you to watch her TEDx Oakland University Talk on "Learning How To Learn." In my infographics, I combine what I learn with personal experience as a middle school and high school teacher to make K-12 learning accessible to all students.This infographic is the first. Think of it, and the future ones, as brain growth hacking strategies. So welcome to BRAIN HACKING 101! It's about what happens in your brain when you sleep (or don't).

Sleep? Who? Me? You ask. Yes! You, Mr. Overachiever and Ms. There's Not Enough Time In The Day To Get All My S**t Done! That is one long name BTW.

If you cannot view the infographic below please see the Original or simply click in it to view a high-resolution version.


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Do you get enough sleep consistently? Be honest. I know I should, but I consistently DON'T get enough sleep. I commit to get better. Right here. Right now. How about you?

Thanks for reading/looking and I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share it with other educators and especially young learners who have no idea and need to know. They might even enjoy it. I will feature the second infographic: "Brain Hacking 102: Don't Procrastinate! Pomodoro Instead" in my next NEWSLETTER, so please SIGN UP if you would like to receive some tools on how to talk about and tackle procrastination with your students (or yourself).

And Remember: You have the power to change the world. Use it often.

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Oskar is a Science, Engineering, and Learning How to Learn teacher and an author of the Crush School Book Series.

His professional interests are brain-based teaching and learning, flexible seating (#StarbucksMyRoom founder), social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning.

He is also a fan of the Jedi order (and uses DA FORCE frequently), ninjas, and the superhero in all of us. He is on a Quest to Change the World because he can. We all can.

  • Jon Harper /  @Jonharper70bd
    Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd Tuesday, 22 March 2016

    Yes, this is an area in which I need to improve greatly. My problem is that I take my phone or my Ipad to bed and this is an awful habit. I know that many of our students do not get enough sleep. I almost wish we could have a nap time for not only prek and K, but all grade levels. Or at least time to quiet the mind.

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