I Read This Interesting Article A Couple Years Ago!

I read this interesting article a couple years ago!

By: Curtis Kelly

Remember the original Star Trek with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy? It was hardly watched during the first run, but reached cult status years later. That is kind of how we feel about our 2018 Think Tanks. We don’t expect any of those issues to reach cult status, but we had some really good articles that year that we’d like you to know about. Since, we started that year with only a ninth the number of subscribers we have now, we know most of our current readers missed them. What a shame!

To fix that problem, we asked our readers, contributors, and editors to tell us about articles that impressed them. Over 30 of the articles were chosen (two thirds of the 2018 articles), but we are going to pass on just five, the ones listed in the table of contents. We’ll let you find the others by yourself.

Note that we have excluded articles written by editors, but Julia Daley’s and Marc Helgesen’s are included. This is because they were not editors at the time.

Our Think Tank issues are not just articles. We always start with a critically important video or podcast, by a leading expert, that gives us the brain science of that month’s theme. (If you have been skipping these, then shame on you!). The next page has the four most important lead-ins. Trust me; these are good. I mean really good.

We also started the PLUS section in 2018, but we did not put PLUS articles up for selection. One got chosen anyway: Marc Helgesen’s piece on telling students about sleep.

The best intro videos and podcasts

Working Memory Think Tank:

Ted Talk by Peter Doolittle

Emotion Think Tank:

Lisa Feldman Barrett  Interview

Exercise Think Tank:

John Ratey Interview

Adolescent Brain Think Tank:

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s TED Talk

The 2018 Think Tanks and selected articles

Click on the covers to see the issues!

Sleep, Part 1 Jan 2018

Motivating Better Sleep Habits in Students: Are Grades Enough? – Josh Brunotte

My experience with a lack of sleep – Haruka Matsunaga (uni student)

Teachers Tackle Smartphone Addiction and Sleep Related Issues – Deborah Broadby

Sleep, Part 2, Feb 2018

Sleep … perchance to dream – Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

“Wetware” Maintenance and Good Sleep Practices – Lawrence S. Levy

When They Say “Get Eight hours of Sleep,” I Say, “Yeah, Right!” – Curtis Kelly

Sharing sleep science with students – Marc Helgesen

Working Memory, Mar 2018

The Role and Restrictions of Working Memory – Mike Kelland

Just what is working memory anyway? And what does it mean for language teachers? – Caroline Handley

Dealing with the limits of working memory repeated practice – Cindy Cheng

Starting with working memory and jumping on to something else – Curtis Kelly

Confirmation Bias, Apr 2018

Why we should seek opposite views – James D. Dunn and Hiroshi Nakagawa

How confirmation bias works in the real world – Bo Bennett

Why confirmation bias is natural, universal and… beneficial – Curtis Kelly

Emotion, May 2018

Beyond logic and why you should be careful in the classroom – Curtis Kelly

Emotions across languages and textbooks – Glenn Magee

If emotions are made, we can reframe L2 anxiety and empower learners – Harumi Kimura

What positive psychology is NOT, and a bit about savoring – Marc Helgesen

Mindfulness, June 2018

Mindfulness: Lotus-free Educational Objective – Curtis Kelly

Mindfulness in 3 New Yorker Cartoons – Marc Helgesen

Loving Kindness Meditation in Reading Class – Toyoko Schmidt & Megumi Sugiyama

Yoga for Schools – Levy Solomon

Mindfulness for Learning in a Digital-Physical World – Heather Van Fleet

Exercise, July 2018

What ”turning on the brain” really means: John Ratey simplified – a bilingual version! – Masda Yuka

Exercise and intermittent movement – Steve Jugovic

Finally, a brain science finding with a major impact on teaching and the story of my change – Curtis Kelly

Let’s move: 5-minute energy breaks – Marc Helgesen

Multiple Intelligences, Aug 2018

Teaching via MI – What is it about? – Ewa Suchecka

CLIL and MI – Can they change your teaching? – Zofia Aktonorowicz-Sobótka

Multiple Multiple Intelligences: MI and the Importance of Non-human Intelligences – Tom Gorham

Adolescent Brain, Sept 2018

Why are teenagers self-absorbed risk-takers and how can we turn this to their advantage? – Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

Talking with students about their brains – Julia Daley

How to teach teenagers and not die trying – Jorge Correa Rodriguez

Self-criticality and the brain – Glenn Magee

Assessing Complexity, Oct 2018

The long fight for learning instead of performance – Curtis Kelly

L2 Maturation and Lectical Analysis – Robert Murphy

Catch the Big Fish – Craig Dwyer

Aging, Nov 2018

Hopes, beliefs, and challenges of a third- age L2 learner– Harumi Kimura

Out of concern for that 50-year-old in your class of 19-year-olds– Curtis Kelly

A view of English teaching from two generations– Alex Burke & Mairead Offord

Aging (un)gracefully – Charles Adamson

Music, Dec 2018

Finding their voice: Singing and teaching with refugees in Australia– Skye Playsted

Turn up the music please! Music and language teaching for young learners– Herman Bartelen

Songlets for affective and cognitive self-regulation– Tim Murphey

How do we hear music? And why is listening to and performing live music so thrilling? – Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

Opening doors through ART in the classroom – David James McLeish

Curtis Kelly (E.D.D.), the first coordinator of the JALT Mind, Brain, and Education SIG, is a Professor of English at Kansai University in Japan. He is the producer of the Think Tanks, has written over 30 books and 100 articles, and given over 400 presentations. His life mission, and what drew him to brain studies, is “to relieve the suffering of the classroom.”

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