Think you get too much email? Join the crowd. At one point this week, I had 985 emails to scan/ read/ respond/ delete. When you receive 2-300 a day, it takes commitment and diligence to keep up. I’m so glad I didn’t blindly delete everything because I would have missed AASL’s Hotlinks for October. This is the official monthly e-newsletter of the American Association of School Librarians. It is a benefit of membership that I hope you have opted-in to receive.
Article 10 this month is: Middle-School Years Considered Optimal Time for Teaching Critical Thinking
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas’s University Center for BrainHealth believe that the best
time to train people in complex reasoning and critical thinking is during their middle-school years. Researchers at the center have created a program call SMART — Strategic Memory and Reasoning Training — to teach teens how to think critically. The training seems to be especially beneficial for people with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Fascinating article and I am now wondering if they would like to use me as a test subject? I could use some serious brain improvement in the ability to "block unimportant details and condense critical information into main ideas or concepts, rather than try to memorize and repeat facts verbatim."