Begin With the Brain: Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom

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SAGE, Nov 24, 2009 - Education - 239 pages
′Presents well-chosen activities described at a level of detail that allows teachers to immediately try out the strategies in their own classrooms. Administrators in their role as instructional leaders would also be well advised to read this book. If more classrooms reflected these ideas and used these strategies, education would not only be more effective and powerful, it would be a far more joyful experience for our students′ - Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles

′Teachers who intend to make a marked difference in their students′ learning and lives will profit from reading this book. Not only will they find the material useful, they will be gratified and strengthened in their commitment′ - Leah Welte, Teacher

Alpine School District, American Fork, UT

In this revised edition of Begin With the Brain, Martha Kaufeldt helps teachers identify and apply brain-compatible and learner-centred techniques to improve classroom instruction and management.

In easy-to-understand terms, this invaluable resource for beginning teachers lays out what cognitive research and best practice can teach us about:

- Classroom set up

- Routines and procedures

- Community building

- Fostering intellectual curiosity

- Self-assessment, and more

With succinct updates of the relevant neuroscience research and end-of-chapter notes on additional resources, the book is a ready-to-go source of field-tested, research-based teaching tips teachers can put to immediate use.


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BrainCompatible Learning and LearnerCentered Education
Interpreting Neuroscience Research
Designing the Learning Environment
Building the Foundation for Learning
Organizing Systems for Orderliness
Orchestrating Positive Social Interactions
Building Curiosity and Ensuring Engagement
Creating 21stCentury Citizens
Orchestrating Opportunities
SelfAssessment and Learning Celebrations
Develop Your Teaching Compass
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Martha Kaufeldt has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years. Now an independent consultant, she works with school districts across the United States and Canada on developing brain-compatible teaching and learning strategies. She gives motivational presentations and dynamic workshops that address the fundamentals of brain-compatible learning theory and integrated curriculum for all grade levels.

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