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Priming Your Kids for Success


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45 Minute presentation delivered at the Middle Matters open house for Seattle schools focused on middle school kids only. Learn what brain science, bias research, and educational psychology has to say about raising children primed to learn and be successful in school. What can you do as parents, guardians, and other support adults?

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Priming Your Kids for Success

  1. 1. Middle Matters Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Seattle Girls ’ School Priming Your Kids for Success Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  2. 2. Disclaimers and Other Food for Thought Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  3. 3. Stuff We Kinda Knew Already… With a Twist <ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  4. 4. Exercise <ul><li>30 minutes of aerobic activity </li></ul><ul><li>2-3 times a week </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  5. 5. Sleep <ul><li>• Effects of sleep much more pronounced </li></ul><ul><li> in children and adolescents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>• Chronotypes (morning/night people) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> • The Nap Zone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> • Dangers of Sleep </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deprivation </li></ul></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  6. 6. Nutrition <ul><li>Goldilocks Food Habits </li></ul><ul><li>Good Food = Well Fueled Brains </li></ul><ul><li>Bad Food = Poor Learning </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  7. 7. Stress <ul><li>30 Second Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic Stress = Bad Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Happy Home = Academic Success </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  8. 8. Stuff We Thought We Knew <ul><li>Praise </li></ul><ul><li>Grades/Failure </li></ul><ul><li>Homework </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  9. 9. Praise <ul><li>“ You are so smart” </li></ul><ul><li>False Impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Praise Junkies </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  10. 10. Grades/Failure <ul><li>Inconsistent </li></ul><ul><li>Counter-educational </li></ul><ul><li>Shallow </li></ul><ul><li>Failure Avoidance </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  11. 11. Homework <ul><li>Reinforcing or Relearning? </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>Parent-Child Relationship? </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  12. 12. Stereotypes and Priming <ul><li>Gender Bias </li></ul><ul><li>Microaggressions </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Biases </li></ul><ul><li>Unspoken = Unseen </li></ul><ul><li>Environment ≠Attitude </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  13. 13. Caution Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  14. 14. Moving Ahead Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  15. 15. Questions, Questions Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  16. 16. Resources <ul><li>Joshua M. Aronson, Ph.D. “Improving Achievement & Narrowing the Gap.” Learning and the Brain Conference. Cambridge, MA. November 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>Roy Baumeister and John Tierney, Willpower </li></ul><ul><li>Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock. </li></ul><ul><li>JoAnn Deak. Various Works on Gender, Brain, and Learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Dweck. Various Works on Praise and Fixed/Malleable Intelligence. </li></ul><ul><li>Lise Eliot. Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do About It. </li></ul><ul><li>Alfie Kohn. Various Works on Achievement, Effort, Homework, and Grades. </li></ul><ul><li>John Medina. Brain Rules , Brain Rules for Babies </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Nixon. “Brain Food: How to Eat Smart.” Live Science . </li></ul><ul><li>Harriet R. Tenenbaum, “Gender Achievement Motivation,” Learning and the Brain Conference, Cambridge, MA, November 2003. </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  17. 17. Presenter Information <ul><li>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee </li></ul><ul><li>6th Faculty and </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Girls ’ School </li></ul><ul><li>2706 S Jackson Street </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle WA 98144 </li></ul><ul><li>(206) 805-6562 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (