Marla Szwast

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States of America

I love taking complex ideas and breaking them down into easy to understand writing. I have written articles for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I have also written a year-long history course for second-graders and a one-semester history course for the fifth-grade science. Both courses are published online at Schoolhouse Teachers. I have been writing part-time for the past three years. I blog about homeschooling, neuroscience (specifically how the brain learns) and the history of education @ www.jumpintogenius.com.

Portfolio
Medium
10/24/2019
How Low-Salt Diets Give Fuel to Addictions

The Salty Truth: Episode 6: How Eating Salt Can Keep Your Reward System in Normal Mode Our body has an amazing built-in salt thermostat. When we need more salt we crave it and when we don't need more, we don't want it. Without enough salt, we die. Sugar is a different beast.

Thehomeschoolmagazine-digital
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Fall 2018 - page0

The Old Schoolhouse is the premier, quarterly homeschooling magazine, worldwide! Packed full of encouraging and informative content, TOS brings you the biggest names in homeschooling all in one place.

Medium
10/12/2018
Exploring Intelligence - Creative Minds - Marla Szwast - Medium

Which Part of Our Mind is Not Creative? I was excited to find that Jeff Hawkins touched on the topic of creativity in his book On Intelligence. I think creativity is often highly misunderstood in our current culture. We think doing anything differently than it has been done before is creative.

Medium
07/24/2018
Dopamine is not the Devil - Marla Szwast - Medium

When animals were deprived of dopamine, they stopped eating, if dopamine was not injected into their brains, they died of starvation, they simply did not have enough motivation to eat. (Nora Volkow, video link later in article) Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which is a chemical released by neurons in order to communicate with other neurons.

Jump Into Genius
04/23/2018
Thinking is Hard-How to Help Your Child Think

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few people engage in it." - Henry Ford The first cognitive principal Daniel T. Willingham dives into in his book Why Students Don't Like School is that while curiosity is natural, thinking is hard.

School House Teachers
2016
Biology Lesson

Sample from Science course written for 5th graders

Thehomeschoolmagazine-digital
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Winter 2017-18 - 1

The Old Schoolhouse is the premier, quarterly homeschooling magazine, worldwide! Packed full of encouraging and informative content, TOS brings you the biggest names in homeschooling all in one place.

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