This seminar focused on the importance of sleep and its impact on student learning, memory, and performance.
We watched two important videos to lead off the discussion:
Matt Walker Lecture: http://library.fora.tv/2009/08/11/Matt_Walker_Secrets_of_the_Sleeping_Brain
Dr. Walker reviews his research on sleep, memory function, and emotion in the first link. This provides an excellent overview. His presentation style is quite accessible.
The Frontline video is focused on the teenage brain, and includes a good overview of the effects of sleep deprivation on teenagers’ performance.
I also provided an article focused on a review of research related to sleep and learning, available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1201412/
What followed was a rich discussion related to the importance of sleep and the consequences of inadequate sleep. Participants had many questions related to their own children’s sleep and sought advice with regard to improving the quality of sleep among children whose sleep patterns were not typical.
Highlights of what was discussed:
Sleepfaring: A Journey through the Science of Sleep (by Jim Horne)
National Sleep Foundation: https://sleepfoundation.org/
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