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Marla Szwast

Freelance Writer

Marla Szwast is a freelance writer living in Marietta, GA with her husband, six kids, two dogs, cat, and bird. (Yes, she is a wee bit crazy.) She writes about homeschooling & the brain @ jumpintogenius.com. You can also follow her on Medium for more ramblings on education, parenting, writing, and health. (With an occasional poem thrown in, because everything good starts with a poem.) Published regularly in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine she has also written ghost blogs from companies in the health and education industries in addition to having written curriculum published online through www.schoolhouseteachers.com for elementary kids in the topics of modern history and earth science.

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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
STEM, STEAM, What do they Mean?

Fall 2018 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.

Thehomeschoolmagazine-digital
Do-It-Yourself Music Education

Fall 2017 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.

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.

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