Brain Matters: Translating Research Into Classroom Practice

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ASCD, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 207 pages
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Maintaining that educators need a functional understanding of the brain and how it operates in order to teach effectively and to critically analyze the vast amount of neuroscientific information being published, this book provides information on brain-imaging techniques and the anatomy and physiology of the brain. The book also introduces a model of how the brain processes information, exploring implications of this process for classroom practice, and presents examples of teaching strategies that match how the brain learns best. The chapters are: (1) "Opening the Black Box of the Brain"; (2) "Brain Anatomy--A Short Course: Neurons and Subcortical Structures"; (3) "Brain Anatomy--A Short Course: The Cortex"; (4) "How Neurons Communicate"; (5) "Sensory Memory: Getting Information into the Brain"; (6) "Working Memory: The Conscious Processing of Information"; (7) "Long-Term Memory: The Brain's Storage System"; (8) "Making Curriculum Meaningful through Problems, Projects, and Simulations"; (9) "Using the Visual and Auditory Senses To Enhance Learning"; and (10) "A Toolkit of Brain-Compatible Strategies." The book concludes with a glossary of relevant terms. (Contains 94 references.) (KB)
  

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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

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A little dry but good stuff about the thinking process and how the brain works. Read full review

Contents

Opening the Black Box of the Brain 1
3
Neurons and Subcortical Structures
13
The Cortex
31
How Neurons Communicate
50
II PART From Sensory Input to Information Storage
71
Getting Information into the Brain
74
The Conscious Processing of Information
90
The Brains Storage System
112
Making Curriculum Meaningful Through Problems Projects and Simulations
135
Using the Visual and Auditory Senses to Enhance Learning
151
A Toolkit of BrainCompatible Strategies
170
Glossary
192
References and Bibliography
197
Index
202
About the Author
207
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About the author (2001)

Patricia Wolfe is an independent consultant who speaks to educators in schools across the United States and in international schools. Her professional background includes public school teaching at all levels: staff development trainier for the Upland School District, director of instruction for the Napa County Office of Education, and a lead trainer for the International Principal Training Center in Rome and London. Her staff development experience includes workshops in Madeline Hunter's Elements of Effective Teaching and Clinical Supervision, Anthony Gregorc's Mind Styles, Carolyn Evertson's Classroom Management and Organization, and peer coaching. She has been featured in a number of videotape productions and satellite broadcasts. Wolfe's major interest over the past 20 years has centered on the educational implications and applications of current neuroscience, cognitive science, and educational research for teaching and learning. She can be reached at Mind Matters, Inc., 555 Randolph Street, Napa, CA 94559, Phone and Fax: (707) 226-1777, Web site: www.patwolfe.com

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