How the brain learns: a classroom teacher's guide

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Corwin Press, 2001 - Education - 305 pages
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David Sousa's practical and powerful bestseller on brain research and education enters the 21st century with a valuable updated edition, incorporating the previously published main text, the companion learning manual, and the latest discoveries in neuroscience and learning. How the Brain Learns has always focused on the information that can help teachers turn research on brain function into practical classroom activities and lessons. The second edition still includes basic brain facts that can help students learn, insights on how the brain processes information, and tips on maximizing retention using "down time." And now Sousa takes it further, building on the latest information available to provide: An updated Information Processing Model that reflects new terminology regarding the memory system Exciting new research on how the brain learns motor skills A whole new chapter on the implications of the arts in learning An expanded list of primary sources for those who wish to review the core research

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Review: How the Brain Learns

User Review  - Sandy Fleming - Goodreads

Full of info about the neurological underpinnings of learning-very helpful in understanding one of my brain-injured students. Read full review

Review: How the Brain Learns

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

Sousa did an excellent job of explaining how the brain functions, why this matters to learning, and how to adapt teaching to the brain's learning methods. It is filled with activities to try in the ... Read full review

Contents

LIST OF PRACTITIONERS CORNERS
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Basic Brain Facts and Brain Development
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Chapter 2
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About the author (2001)

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Dr. Sousa has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.

Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).

Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns, fourth edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns, second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns; How the Brain Learns to Read; How the Brain Influences Behavior; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers’ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead today’s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.

Dr. Sousa is past president of Learning Forward (formerly NSCD). He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.

Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

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