Did you know that the best time to learn something new is during the first two hours after you wake up and the last two hours before you go to sleep? Did you know that stressing key points in color can boost memory retention by 25 percent? Author Laura Erlauer has studied brain research and applied it to classroom teaching in a way that is both intuitive and scientific. Synthesizing recent research exploring how the brain works, she explains how students' emotions and stress affect their ability to learn, how the physical classroom environment influences learning, and what forms of assessment work best. Drawing on her experience as a teacher and principal, Erlauer summarizes current brain research and shows how teachers can use this knowledge in the classroom every day. The book covers a wide variety of topics, including * The most effective use of collaborative learning; * Simple ways to keep the attention of your students for the whole class period; * Keys to involving students in decision making to increase their engagement and achievement; * Ways to make lesson content relevant to motivate students; and * Things every teacher can to do limit stress in the classroom and school environment. Each chapter provides examples from real classrooms, showing how the research can be used to improve student learning. The ideas and strategies presented are from a variety of grade levels and subject areas and can be used immediately to create a classroom where students can reach their full potential.
Formerly a SkyLight publication. Student Brains, School Issues: A Collection of Articles is packed with information on how the brain learns, the nature of intelligence, and the vital role that emerging technology plays in how students process information. We are in the midst of the two most significant revolutions in the history of education: brain research and computer technology. Learn what researchers are discovering about the biological aspects of learning and how this, along with growing technology, is changing the nature of the classroom. This resource, which helps you to understand and incorporate computer technology and the findings from brain research in teaching and learning, focuses on four significant areas: The nature of the cognitive science revolution The importance of emotion in cognition The biological substrate of intelligence The relationship between brains and computers in computational thought processes Take advantage of this wealth of information on brain research. It will help you to make the commitment and to take the challenge to become a leader in the transformation of our schools and our profession.
Harness the transformative power of brain-based learning! Thoroughly updated and revised, this best-selling book by brain expert Eric Jensen explores the key features of brain-based teaching and the most recent research on how the brain learns. This easy-to-read book is ideal for educators new to the concepts of brain-compatible learning and is organized into three simple, practical units, covering: Background information to provide educators with a solid foundation in brain research Seven principles of teaching based on essential brain concepts Next steps to put the research and principles into practice
Brain research has provided a tremendous opportunity to develop instructional techniques that facilitate the brain's innate learning capacity. As educators, we can take this knowledge and apply it to the strategies we use in our classrooms. This essential resource, based on David A. Sousa's best-seller How the Brain Learns, Third Edition,provides ready-to-use, brain-compatible activities that feature some of the following strategies: • Graphic organizers • Mnemonic devices • Cooperative learning • Movement to enhance retention • Music to stimulate brain activity and creativity These activities, correlated with national standards, cover all the content areas in grades 3–5 and include topics such as word selection, poetry, reading fluency, geometry, negative numbers, modes of exchange, animal habits, clouds, and much more! The more we understand how the brain learns, the more instructional options we have. This unique resource helps you make the most of the brain's learning potential and transform your teaching practices to engage every student in your classroom.
Understand the basics for creating brain-compatible classrooms with this brief, accessible guide customized for principals. Explore an overview of educational neuroscience designed to help principals construct meaningful professional development that enhances teachers’ knowledge and skills about brain-compatible learning. The author guides principals from the basics of brain structure through applications of educational neuroscience to build productive and successful brain-compatible classrooms.
This reference guide focuses on the findings from the new field of "neuroeducation" and their implications for classroom instruction. In addition to a basic explanation of how the brain functions, specific classroom strategies are presented that transform that research into practice.
Educators looking for proven methods to introduce brain-compatible instruction into K–12 classrooms will find invaluable assistance in this easy-to-read, engaging resource. The author helps teachers understand how the brain, mind, and body function in the learning process, demonstrates methods to reinforce students' memory and concentration, and illustrates ways to enhance learners' outcomes across a broad range of skills. This flexible guide converts the latest findings on brain research into fun and effective techniques for reducing behavioral distractions in class, improving academic performance, and strengthening teachers' instructional skills. Within a holistic brain-based teaching model, this practical book offers: • 40 brain-friendly tools for improving learning and test results • A brain-based review feature that helps readers evaluate and modify the tools to meet students' needs • Stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs for inspiration • Stories, songs, poems, and anecdotes woven throughout the text This guide is ideal for empowering students and helping them take ownership of their learning.
In this book, the authors have adapted Eric Jensen's 10 principles that need to be implemented in the classroom for a brain-compatible approach to teaching and learning. These principles include uniqueness, emotions, nutrition, and elimination of threat. The book also provides basic information about the brain, ways to teach students about the brain, and dozens of practical brain-based activities for students of every age.
Use research- and brain-based teaching to engage students and maximize learning Lessons should be memorable and engaging. When they are, student achievement increases, behavior problems decrease, and teaching and learning are fun! In 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning 9-12, best-selling author and renowned educator and consultant Marcia Tate takes her bestselling Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites one step further by providing teachers with ready-to-use lesson plans that take advantage of the way that students really learn. Readers will find 100 cross-curricular sample lessons from each of the eight major content areas: Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, English, Finance, Algebra, Geometry, Social Studies Plans designed around the most frequently taught objectives found in national and international curricula. Lessons educators can immediately replicate in their own classrooms or use to develop their own. 20 brain-compatible, research-based instructional strategies that work for all learners. Five questions that high school teachers should ask and answer when planning brain-compatible lessons and an in-depth explanation of each of the questions. Guidance on building relationships with students that enable them to learn at optimal levels. It is a wonderful time to be a high school teacher! This hands-on resource will show you how to use what we know about educational neuroscience to transform your classroom into a place where success if accessible for all.
This conceptual study explores recent findings in brain research and considers how educators can use what is known about the brain to create an authentic and meaningful classroom learning experience. The triune brain theory is introduced and the concept of downshifting from a thinking region of the brain to a survival region is explained, and what the consequence of this means to a student's opportunity to learn. Brain-based teaching is explored, and the theory and practice of Caine and Caine, pioneers in the philosophy of brain-based learning, are described. Brain-based teaching strategies, including the value of accessing students' prior knowledge, the importance of creating a low-stress, emotionally safe learning environment, recognizing the uniqueness of each child's brain while providing for the physiological needs of each brain, contribute to the study. Suggestions for teachers to create a more brain-compatible classroom, across grade level and content, are offered.
This chapter from the second edition of Brain Matter, by Patricia Wolfe, presents classroom strategies to help students in grades K–12 learn and retain information about the nature and rules of language and mathematics and about the world in general. These strategies include various writing tools, mnemonics, peer teaching, and hands-learning activities.
Lee has worked as a teacher for over 45 years and as a consultant for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in the classroom teaching in grades 5-12 as well as working in college. He has spent most of his public school life teaching English at the elementary, middle school, and high school level, serving as an English Department Chairman for seven years, and another 4 years directing an Alternative High School in Cinnaminson New Jersey. He has worked in Deptford Township, Cinnaminson Township, and finished his public school career teaching in Cheltenham Township in Cheltenham, PA. Throughout his career he has developed many innovative ideas and techniques to use in instruction in Brain-Compatible teaching and learning. He has worked for Bucks County Intermediate Unit and has in-serviced teachers in such various topics as '' Coopertive Learning," "Stress Management," "Discipline and Self-Concept,'' "Portfolio Use in the Classroom, " "Standards, Instruction, and Assessment," as well as "Learning Styles-RB/LB Strategies." He has been working for the last 9 years for Regional Training Center--a graduate training center offering Masters Degree programs. His specialty is designing courses on the Brain and Learning as well as a course in Dealing with ADHD Type Behavior.