This book was written for teachers, trainers, administrators, and lifelong learners - you, a catalyst for doing all the important work of facilitating learning the best way possible. The intent of this book is to introduce you to the basics of this exciting paradigm shift in education. If at the end you have a good grasp of the core differences between the traditional approach and the brain-compatible approach to learning, and a framework for understanding the 12 principles presented, the author will feel he has satisfied his objective.
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.
Give hard-to-reach students the tools for lifelong success and watch test scores improve! Updated throughout and packed with powerful strategies to help students improve brain function, this second edition presents a concise outline for identifying the symptoms and causes of prevalent impairments such as oppositional disorder, learned helplessness, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, depression, auditory processing deficits, and more. The author demonstrates how to effectively guide students with learning difficulties and: Recognize the most common conditions that challenge learners Accommodate the specific learning needs of students with learning impairments Minimize disruptions for other students
The field of Brain Based Learning has grown significantly with the introduction of new technology allowing us to better understand how the brain functions and the effects of various circumstances including acts of learning and the brain's connection to that process of change. Learning with the Brain in Mind explores research about the brain being our gateway to learning, and how what we do mentally and physically is organized in the brain first. This book questions; Why some individuals experience meaningful learning while others do not? What should we know about the nature of learning? How should students be evaluated? Is there a need to rethink the relationship between learning and teaching? In general, current methods of teaching, regardless of the topic or setting, emphasize content, memorization, drills, practice, and test taking. Some approaches tend to look for what is broken and attempt to fix-it. An alternative, based on the brain's connection to the nature of learning, is to provide a safe, playful, less judgmental environment in which self-discovery, experimentation, and adaptation are encouraged.This book is arranged by first presenting a general description of the brain and nervous system and some of the terminology used in this book to enable all readers to have a common vocabulary and appreciation of the interaction of the nervous system to conditions that affect learning. The book then provides insights into how Brain-Compatible Learning can be accomplished.
This book creatively integrates multiple intelligences and related activities with methods of effective storytelling. Based on recent brain research and multiple intelligence theory, this text combines the art of storytelling with popular selections from children's literature. The book is organized by themes around the calendar and is useful for anyone interested in developing effective storytelling skills.
Dynamics of Effective Secondary Teaching integrates theory and research with current classroom practice to help future and in-service secondary teachers make instructional and management decisions for the purpose of improving instruction. Realistic scenarios, numerous examples and illustrations from all subject areas, classroom observation forms, and valuable websites are what makes this text so practical, providing preservice teachers a direct link to classroom practice. As with previous editions, the major feature of this book is the authors' emphasis on decision-making as the thread that links all the topics together. Decision-making is introduced in Chapter 1 as a process fundamental to educators and is revisited to enforce the application in each chapter. The authors' view of decision-making considers it from a constructivist view of teaching and learning based on reflection and "meaning making." Unique to this book is the inclusion in each chapter of a scenario in which a middle or secondary school teacher, representing a wide range of subject areas and grade levels, applies key ideas to the classroom. These scenarios, which appear near the beginning of each chapter, are referred to and analyzed throughout the chapter to provide a running commentary on the theoretical content being presented.
Outlines an instructional design methodology aimed at reducing time spent learning and designing courses and improving training results by involving learners, creating healthier classroom environments, and building communities.
This book presents Integrated Thematic Instruction (ITI), a model for implementing a "brain-compatible" learning environment for students and teachers using a year-long theme to organize curriculum content and skills. The book's introduction identifies six "mismemes" (or mistaken ideas) that have hindered educational reform, and proposes seven "new memes" (or foundational premises) for education reform that are consistent with brain research and children's developmental characteristics. Also identified are eight brain-compatible implementation elements to create an environment that will enhance children's performance and provide the basis for successful learning experience. Chapter 1 then describes the three principles of the ITI model: that brain research must become the basis for decisions to improve education, that teaching is an art and science that must implement brain research in the classroom, and that curriculum development must occur at the classroom level based on the classroom teacher's understanding of the learners and community. Chapters 2 through 9 explain the eight brain-compatible implementation elements and how they can be applied to learning. The eight elements are: (1) absence of threat; (2) meaningful content; (3) choices; (4) adequate time; (5) enriched environment; (6) collaboration; (7) immediate feedback; and (8) mastery (application). Chapter 10 describes a brain-compatible curriculum, one that emphasizes pattern-seeking and program-building. Chapters 11 through 13 describe three steps in curriculum making: creating a year-long theme, determining the key concepts and skills to be mastered within year-long themes, and creating and using inquiries. Chapter 14 shows how the ITI model is not incompatible with teaching reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Finally, chapter 15 argues the need for personal transition if change is to be made. Five appendices present sample materials for building an ITI program. A glossary is included. Contains 35 references. (TM)
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT: FOUNDATIONS AND TRENDS introduces students to the wide range of topics related to physical education, from the historical to the contemporary, including fitness education, professional and classroom ethics, careers, and future trends. This text introduces the various disciplines that comprise physical education and provides a valuable understanding of teaching in the field.
This book offers strategies to help teachers and curriculum coordinators strengthen student interest through meaningful and purposeful learning. The 15 chapters are: (1) "Introduction: Planning a Connected Curriculum"; (2) "Children, School, and Community"; (3) "On Connections"; (4) "Making Connections: An Interdisciplinary Approach"; (5) "Making Meaning: What is it All About?"; (6) "How to Overcome Common Objections to Connected Teaching"; (7) "Making Connections through Technology"; (8) "Making Connections through the Arts"; (9) "Making Connections through Writing"; (10) "Making Connections across Science, Technology, and Society"; (11) "Making Connections through Curriculum Design and Assessment for Meaningful Instruction" (12) "Making Connections through Expeditionary Learning"; (13) "Making Connections through Assessment"; (14) "Marching to a Different Drummer?" and (15) "Practical Suggestions on Using This Guide." Each chapter attempts do describe why it is important to student learning, how the teacher can adapt it to the classroom, and how it redefines the teacher's role. Chapters contain best practice profiles. (Contains 65 references.) (SM).
Publisher: Frank Schaffer Publications Incorporated
This guide is filled with practical advice and effective instructional techniques for teachers of grades K-8 to help build classroom environments and relationships where student behavior is cooperative and on-task.