On the right, under Publications , click on Articles to find the ones that have direct links. If there is one you are interested in without a link, let me know and I’ll send you my original copy that was printed in the article. You can also find my free book chapters if you click on the word Books.
Additionally several links are included in the list below.
Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD July 13, 2010
How Your Child Learns Best: Brain Friendly Strategies to Ignite Your Student's Learning and Increase School Success - published October 2008 Sourcebooks
Current Impact of Neuroscience in Teaching and Learning. A chapter in, Mind, Brain, and Education Ed. D. Sousa. Solution Tree Press, 2010
Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension - published August 2008 ASCD
Inspiring Middle School Minds:
Gifted, Creative, and Challenging
Brain- and Research-Based Strategies to
Enhance Learning for Gifted Students - March 2009 Great Potentials Press
Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom published - May 2007 ASCD
Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006. Finalist for Distinguished Achievement Award for educational writing by the Association for Educational Publishers. ASCD Best Seller
Willis, J. (2013). Empower Students With Brain Knowledge. Principal Journal (NAESP). Mar/Apr 2-13. P 18-21.
Willis, J. A. (2013). Success on Standardized Tests without Sacrificing Authentic Learning. STEM Magazine. Jan - Feb 2013 http://issuu.com/carleygroup/docs/stem_magazine_final_jan._2013_web/12
Willis, J.A. (2013). Why Teacher Education Should Include Neuroscience. Teach for Thought. http://www.teachthought.com/learning/why-teacher-education-should-include-neuroscience/
Willis, J. A. (2013). Why You Bore Students & What You Can Do About It. Teach for Thought. http://www.teachthought.com/learning/better-teaching-why-you-bore-students-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/
Willis, J.A. (2013). Why Teacher Education Should Include Neuroscience. http://www.teachthought.com/learning/why-teacher-education-should-include-neuroscience/
Willis, J. A. (2013). Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year. Edutopia.
PART 1 Sept 2012 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-reflect-on-first-year-judy-willis
PART 2 Jan 2013 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-reflect-first-year-part-2-judy-willis
Willis, J.A. (2013). Twice-exceptional Children, Exceptional Challenges –
A Brain-based View. Gifted Education Communicator. Publication of the California Association for the Gifted. Winter 2013.
Willis, J.A. (2013) Bilingual Brains – Smarter & Faster. Psychology Today Online. Nov 22, 2012
Willis, J.A. (2012). How The Memory Works In Learning. Teach for Thought. http://www.teachthought.com/learning/how-the-memory-works-in-learning/
Willis, J.A. (2012). Video Game Learning for Equity for NPR LA Affiliate Dec 2012
Willis, J. A. (2012). Using Cooperative Learning in Middle School. MiddleWeb Guest Article by Dr. Judy Willis http://bit.ly/Nsj9Xc
Willis, J. A. (2012). A Primer: Neuroscience and Teaching Strategies. ASCD 2012.
Willis, J. A. (2012). Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year. August 23 2012 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/neuroscience-higher-ed-judy-willis
Willis, J. A. (2012). How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist edutopia. May 22, 2012 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-neurology-judy-willis-md
Willis, J. A. (2012). What Would a School Designed By Your Brain Look Like? ASCD. May 22, 2012. http://bit.ly/KHVs7A
Willis, J. A. (2012). Bad for the Brain: Goodbye to Unsustainable Education Models. The future of testing with internet access. edutopia. June 13, 2012.
Willis, J. A. (2012). Neuroscience and the Bilingual Brain: Bilingual Kids Get a Powerful Cognitive Boost. edutopia http://bit.ly/GGjCgi
Willis, J. A. (2011). Writing Sprouts Conceptual Brain Networks from the STEM of Math and Science. S.T.E.M. Magazine 2011. http://issuu.com/carleygroup/docs/stem_magazine_preview/13
Willis, J.A. (2011). Sustaining Attention in the Digital Age. Teachers Matter Magazine. Issue 15. New Zealand
Willis, J.A. (2011). LEARNing Landscapes Journal of the Graduate School of Education McGill University: Special Issue Mind, Brain and Education. Nurturing Students’ Brains for the Future
Willis, J.W. (2011) Twice-Exceptional Children Have Exceptional Challenges Now –
A Brain-based View. 2E-Online Publication
Willis, J.A. 2011. Want Children to “Pay Attention”? Make Their Brains Curious!
Force-feeding won’t work even on a hungry brain. Psychology Today Online. http://bit.ly/rtoI3a
Willis, J.A. (2011). Landscapes Journal of the Graduate School of Education McGill University: Special Issue Mind, Brain and Education. Nurturing Students’ Brains for the Future
Willis, J.W. (2011). Attention with red wagons and radishes: Add the science of learning to the art of teaching. Teachers Matter. Issue 12. (New Zealand)
Willis, J.W. (2011) Twice-Exceptional Children Have Exceptional Challenges Now –
A Brain-based View. 2E-Online Publication
Willis, J.A. (2011). Teachers are the Caretakers of Students’ Future Potentials: Their Executive Functions. Edutopia Staff Five-Part Series for Summer Professional Development http://www.edutopia.org/blog/understanding-how-the-brain-thinks-judy-willis-md
Part 1: Where and How the Brain Thinks:
Part 2: Strategies for Teaching Executive Functions
Part 3: Writing is Neuro-logical Nourishment for the Executive Functions
Part 4: Creativity and the Arts to Get Learning to the Thinking Brain
Part 5: Nurture Creativity to For the Prefrontal Cortex Triad: Executive
Functions, Long-Term Memory, and Emotional Self-Control
Willis, J.W. (2011). Transform Student Negativity into Motivation. Teachers Matter. Issue 13. (New Zealand)
Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience: Teaching to the Test and Rote Memory Tests as Measurement of Achievement are Not Neuro-logical for Successful, Joyful, Learning (2011)
Part 1 and 2 plus link to pdf: http://groups.ascd.org/groups/detail/110564/how-the-brain-learns/
Why Writing Is Crucial to STEM: Part I of a series on the importance of writing across the curriculum (2011)
Why Writing Is Crucial to STEM
It’s About Me! Not Just Someone Else’s Science and Math: Part II of a series on the importance of writing across the curriculum (2011) http://edge.ascd.org/_Its-About-Me-Not-Just-Someone-Elses-Science-and-Math/blog/4276886/127586.html?b=
Willis, J.W. (12/2010) Building Math Positivity. Edutopia Guest Blog http://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-math-positivity
Willis, J.W. (November 2010) The Neuro-logical Embedding of Arts Across the Curriculum. ASCD The Whole Child: 4 part series:
Willis, J.W. (Fall 2010)
Rubrics as a Doorway to Achievable Challenge.
New Horizons for Learning, Journal of Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins University. Fall 2010 http://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/Journals/Fall2010/Willis
Willis, J. 2010. Teaching Students A “Brain Owner’s Manual”. New Horizons for Learning Quarterly of Johns Hopkins University School of Education http://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/spring2010/willis-2/
Willis, J. Spring 2010. Brain Development: Enlightening Our Students. Leadership in Focus: The Journal for Australasian School Leaders. (Australia) P32-35
Willis, J. (2010) Neuro-logical Destressing of Test Taking. Principal Matters : The Journal Secondary School Leaders in Australia. Winter 2010 43: 14-17.
Willis, J. (2010) A guide to drugs and the adolescent brain. Principal Matters. Spring 2010. Australia
Willis, J. (2009) Memory Enhancing Teaching and Learning.
ProPointers segment of Oct 25 issue of Solutions, Journal from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
Willis, J. “A Brain Owner’s Manual”
December 2009—January 2010 issue Formerly titled:
How to Teach Students About the Brain and pdf What You Should Know About Your Brain
Educational Leadership Volume 67/ Number 4
Willis,J. (2009) "How to Teach Students About the Brain"
Educational Leadership 67:4
Willis, J. (2009) Neuro-logical Destressing of Test Taking. Leadership in Focus (Australia)
Willis, J.A. ( 2009) Unwrapping Gifts in Middle School. Middle School Journal
Willis, J.A. (2009). Transforming Substance into Significance. Writer's Stylus, p 99-101.
Willis, J. A. (Summer, 2009) Boredom is a Brain Turn Off. Learning Strategies Center On-Line Newsletter June 18, 2009.
Willis, J.A. . (Summer, 2009) How Students’ Sleepy Brains Fail Them. Kappa Delta Pi Record, . Vol. 45, No. 4: p 158-162.
Willis, J.A. (2009). What the Brain Suggests for Teaching Reading Strategies. Educational Forum, Oct 2009.
Willis, J. A. (2009). K-12 Teachers Alliance Journal. Improving Student Memory and Retention. Winter 2009. WEB TeachHUB.com
Willis, J. (2008). Cooperative Learning is Brain-Friendly. The Kagen Online Magazine Issue 39. Special Article #1:
Willis, J.A. (2008). R.A.D. Inquiry, Neuroscience, and Brain Research-Based Learning, National Science Digital Library, Expert Voices. May 2008.
Willis, J. A. (2008). Information into Knowledge: Teacher and Neuroscientist shares her RAD teaching strategies for bypassing the brain filters to increase student engagement, motivation, and memory as they turn information into knowledge. CAIS Faculty Newsletter, Spring 2008. P 4-7.
Willis, J.A. (February, 2008), Building a Bridge from Neuroscience to the Classroom.
Phi Delta Kappan. Special Brain Research Issue.
Willis, J.A. (2008). Death Nell for the Bell Curve. The School Administrator
Willis, J. A. (Dec. 2007). Challenging Gifted Middle Students. Principal Leadership, Journal of National Association of Secondary School Principals. P38-42.
Willis, J.A (2007) The People of Fiji. Islands Magazine, Air Pacific, Nov 2007
Willis, J.A. (Oct. 2007). Neurological Research Relevant to the Emotional Aspects of Reading Instruction. Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy
Willis, J.A. (2007). Preserve the Child in Every Learner,” Kappa Delta Pi Record.
Willis, J.A. ( Fall 2007). Which Brain Research Can Educators Trust? Phi Delta Kappan.
Willis, J.A., ( summer 2007). The Neuroscience of Joyful Learning. Educational Leadership, Journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Willis, J.A. (2007). Brain-Based Teaching Strategies for Improving Students’ Memory, Learning, and Test Taking Success. Childhood Education.
Willis, J.A. (2007). Teachable Moments Build Relational Memories. Kappa Delta Pi Record. Spring 2007.
Willis, J.A. (March 2007). Toward Neuro-logical Reading Instruction. Educational Leadership, Journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Willis, J.A. (February 2007). Gully in the Brain Glitch Reading Theory. Educational Leadership, Journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Willis, J.A., Cooperative Learning is a Brain Turn On. Middle School Journal, Journal of National Middle School Association, March 2007.
Willis, J.A. . Because. Postscript, Journal of South Coast Writing Project. Winter 2006.
Willis, J.A., NCTE's Professional Development online professional development program Pathways for Advancing Adolescent Literacy program focused on adolescent literacy Voices from the Middle article on "Adding the Science of Learning to the Art of Teaching" included as one of the professional reading selections. The online recorded interview discussed additional ways to motivate adolescent learners. Winter 2006
Willis, J.A. Assessments That Build Brain Cells. Focus on Middle School-Journal of Association for Childhood Education International. Fall 2006. Vol 19, No. 1.
Willis, J.A., Research-Based Teaching Strategies for Improving Learning Success. California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Faculty Newsletter, Late Spring 2006.
Willis, J.A., (2006) A Writing Activity to Help Students with Attention Disorders
National Writing Project On-Line Journal, E-Voice, November-December 2006.http://
Willis, J.A. Preserve the Child in Every Learner Kappa Delta Pi Journal; Quarterly Journal of Kappa Delta Pi, Ed Honor Society. Winter 2006.
Willis, J.A. (2005). Highlighting for Understanding of Complex College Text. The National Teaching and Learning Forum. 14(6): 1-4.
Willis, J.A. (2005) The Crisis in Medicine Followed Me To Education.” Kappa Delta Pi Record, Quarterly Journal of Kappa Delta Pi, Ed Honor Society, Vol 42; Winter 2005. 59-61.
Willis, J.A. (2005). Attention: To Have and to Hold—Add the Science of Learning to the Art of Teaching to Enrich Classroom Instruction” Voices from the Middle a Journal of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Willis, J.A. (2005) Pinot Noir: Life After Sideways” Decanter Magazine.
Willis, J.A. Rain, Mud, Bikes and the Power of Relationships. Middle Ground, Journal of National Middle School Association.
Willis, J.A. (2005) Sharpen Kids’ Memory with New Research” The Education Digest, Vol. 70, No 7.
Willis, J.A. (2004) Learning and the Brain: School Administrators Can Improve Teacher Effectiveness Through Instruction on How the Brain Learns,” The American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship & Practice.
Willis, J.A. (2004). Who Will Tend the Fire: A Plea For Individualized Instruction" California English, a publication of the California Association of English Teachers, Issue on the Power of One Teacher.
Willis, J.A. (2005). Poetry for Left Brains. The Voice, a publication of the National
Willis, J.A. Teenage Survival Guide. (1998). Kiwanis Magazine
Willis, J.A. (2005). Phones. Postscript, Journal of South Coast Writing Project.
Willis, J.A. (2006) Underwater Treasures: The wonders of the Sea. Air Pacific Magazine. November, 2006 p24-29.
Willis, J.A. (1982) Book Review for Neurological Research VOL. 4, Number 3/4.
Willis, J.A. and Goethals, G.R. (1971). Social Responsibility and Threat to Behavioral Freedom and its Determinance of Altruistic Behavior.” Journal of Personality.
Willis, J.A. (1997). White Lab Coats and Purple Feet. Wine Spectator.
Willis, J.A. Editorial Advisory Board and Contributing author for Eye Care Digest, l982-1987.
Additional freelance articles have been published in LA Times and LA Times Calendar, Medical Economics, Wine Spectator, Women Magazine, Real People, Kiwanis Magazine, Food and Home, Santa Barbara Magazine, Journal of Psychology, Air Pacific Airline Magazine, San Luis Obispo Vintage Magazine, Wine Columnist Montecito Journal, 2000-current, Valley Journal 2003-2006; Wine and Dine Magazine 2002-2006.