Bridging the Learning/assessment Gap: Showcase Teaching

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R&L Education, 2005 - Education - 137 pages
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Continuing dramatic developments in the ability of neuroscientists to peer inside the brain to discover its incredible intricacy places awesome responsibility on all educators to "do the right thing" for their students. Here, the authors offer readers powerful brain-compatible and research-based teaching and learning strategies based on how the brain works. This book will help answer questions about why some approaches to teaching are more successful than others. This is critically important because of new demands for increasing accountability. On one hand, each state has developed very specific standards and expectations for students; on the other, there is rigorous testing. The missing link is to know which instructional practices support teachers as they prepare students for increased expectations. Bridging the Learning/Assessment Gap: Shows how students learn in non-technical language, Discusses the concepts that most neuroscientists agree upon about the brain and how it learns, Provides specific teaching strategies to enhance instruction, Offers a number of strategies to help the learner, Highlights striking examples of powerful strategies used by current teachers. The need is urgent; the research is available. The challenge is to not fall prey to unfounded claims that a new strategy is proven by brain research. Will be of interest to teachers, administrators, curriculum planners, staff development trainers, and teacher education institutions.
 

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Contents

Foundation for Learning
1
Framework for Learning
15
Teaching Strategies
25
Learning Strategies
65
Showcase of Powerful Practices From Teachers in Their Own Words
101
References
123
Index
133
About the Authors
137
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Wayne Jennings is a former teacher, principal, superintendent, adjunct professor and has started eight schools during his career in education. He is a co-author of Inciting Learning: A Guide to Brain-Compatible Learning and a co-facilitator of the ASCD Brain-Compatible Learning Network. Joan Caulfield is a former teacher, principal, associate superintendent, and professor of education, is currently a nationally known staff developer and consultant in teaching and learning. She is co-author of Inciting Learning: A Guide to Brain-Compatible Learning and a co-facilitator of the ASCD Brain-Compatible Learning Network.

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