Episode 18: Diamond Dust & Self-Regulation

Episode 18: Diamond Dust & Self-Regulation

In 1885, William Bentley placed a snowflake under his camera lens and took a first-of-its-kind photo only to then spend the next 50 years of his life capturing snowflakes with these incredible, vibrant designs. Apparently, the crystal of a snowflake starts as a tiny spec of dust or even pollen that attracts water vapor to form a preliminary hexagon called “diamond dust.” After that, it’s sheer randomness how all the rest of the shape expands to form a beautiful and yet unique structure. The scientists know that factors such as temperature and humidity have some influence, but they are not completely certain as to why each snowflake is unique.

We can apply the scientific truth behind the statement, “no two snowflakes are alike,” to the human brain as no two brains are alike. At this point, we are not certain what makes each child’s brain unique and how it influences the development of self-regulation. Today, our guest, Dr. Fred Morrison, will shed light on the fact that we do know that when our students become self-regulated learners we will have more engaged learners in the classroom, greater ease in navigating the classroom instructions, and direct ways of impacting students’ abilities to persist.

About Fred Morrison, Ph.D.


@FredMorrison says self-regulation is being consciously aware of what you're doing & why #FullPreFrontal Click To Tweet We can't let our fear of stifling creativity keep us from emphasizing learning #Self-Regulation Click To Tweet


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Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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