Brain Matters: Translating Research Into Classroom Practice
Everyone agrees that what we do in schools should be based on what we know about how the brain learns. Until recently, however, we have had few clues to unlock the secrets of the brain. Now, research from the neurosciences has greatly improved our understanding of the learning process, and we have a much more solid foundation on which to base educational decisions.
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Patricia Wolfe clarifies how we can effectively match teaching practice with brain functioning. Encompassing the most recent and relevant research and knowledge, this edition also includes three entirely new chapters that examine brain development from birth through adolescence and identify the impact of exercise, sleep, nutrition, and technology on the brain.
Brain Matters begins with a "mini-textbook" on brain anatomy and physiology, bringing the biology of the brain into context with teaching and learning. Wolfe describes how the brain encodes, manipulates, and stores information, and she proposes implications that recent research has for practice why meaning is essential for attention, how emotion can enhance or impede learning, and how different types of rehearsal are necessary for different types of learning.
Finally, Wolfe introduces and examines practical classroom applications and brain-compatible teaching strategies that take advantage of simulations, projects, problem-based learning, graphic organizers, music, active engagement, and mnemonics. These strategies are accompanied by actual classroom scenarios spanning the content areas and grade levels from lower elementary to high school that help teachers connect theory with practice.
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My daughter left this book at my home by mistake and I picked it up read the back cover and knew my daughter had met the author, so I decided to read it, although I am not, nor have I ever been a ... Read full review
Review: Brain Matters: Translating Research Into Classroom PracticeUser Review - Jennifer - Goodreads
The text does a good job at separating the content in to subcategories, with each section building on the last. First you learn about the structure and functions of the human brain, followed by ... Read full review
Part 1 The Structure and Function of theHuman Brain
Neurons and Subcortical Structures
How Neurons Communicate
Part II Brain Development from Birth Through Adolescence
The Early and Middle Years
A Work in Progress
The Role of Exercise Sleep Nutrition and Technology
The Brains Storage System
Part IV Matching Instruction to How the BrainLearns Best
Making Curriculum Meaningful Through Problems Projects and Simulations
Using the Visual and Auditory Senses to Enhance Learning
A Toolkit of BrainCompatible Strategies
A Final Note on BrainCompatible Teaching and Learning