Math and science success

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Math and science success

There’s certain subject that a majority of kids will be turned off to, often it’s math, science or writing and yet, writing can actually increase a child’s success in math and science. The real works is, when something is as realer and as specific and sort of a one answer response as much as math and science, the brain doesn’t necessarily get engaged, its’ more of a memorize this or plugged in some numbers or plug in a formula. Writing is a very personal activity especially when it’s not the form of writing the kids have to do for school following all this common rules and punctuation rules and vocabulary and spelling rules. Writing itself can be very creative. Think of your child, when they’re very young and they loved to just scribble letters or write things because it was fun, so writing engages the brain when it’s personalized and it takes the brain away with the routine repetitiveness that some people feel with math and science and when they get to make a rap or write a song, or a play or a skit or a haiku or a story or a letter about what they learned in math or science, now they’re saying okay I like this, I’m getting to be creative. There is not much creativity sometimes in science or math, but giving your child a journal or special colored pen and saying, hey this is your science journal, or why don’t you write a letter to anyone you admire or like about what you learned with math today, now you are taking something, personalizing it, they are having positive feelings towards it and you’ll see, they’ll remember it better and be more interested with the subject.

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After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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