Differentiation Through Learning Styles and Memory

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SAGE Publications, Apr 25, 2008 - Education - 165 pages
"Students' learning styles are as diverse as the students themselves, so how can teachers reach all learners according to their strengths? In this updated edition of the bestseller, Marilee Sprenger demonstrates how to optimize learning by using brain-based strategies that address students' social/emotional, cognitive, and physical learning preferences. The author provides readers with graphic organizers, current research on memory, and new charts to help implement differentiated strategies, and also offers: an explanation of how the brain processes, stores, and retains information, pre-assessment strategies for each learning style, "Reflect and Connect" questions to help teachers evaluate their current classroom practice, learning and memory tips for students, exit cards, or quick assessments of what students have learned. This comprehensive resource provides the tools you need to create a brain-friendly learning environment and to differentiate content, process, and product for your students' diverse learning needs and strengths."--PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE.

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I enjoyed reading the summary of Marilee's book. Having spent over 25 years in the same pursuit of learning as she, I offer the following:
- To get aptitude you have to work on attitude
- Atitude
and aptitude are best worked on together with skilled teachers who have knowledge of learning styles, multiple intelligence and emotional intelligence
- For the tudor to help the struggling teacher, skills in coaching are essential. I prefer a method called cognitive coaching that works on 5 states of mind of the teacher to empower them to teach to kids learning and emotional needs.
- The book is a good background for the beginner but needs to add the components above to increase the craftmanship, interdependence, effacacy, consciousness and flexibility of teachers. Often the ability to apply the knowlewdge in this book is blocked by one or more of the above.
- Good job Marilee for what you did, now take it to another level.

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About the author (2008)

Marilee Sprenger is an adjunct professor at Aurora University, where she teaches graduate courses on brain-based teaching, learning and memory, and differentiation. A creative and compassionate educator, she began her career teaching prekindergarten and kindergarten. She has also taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level. As an independent consultant, her passion is brain-based teaching and best practices using brain research and differentiation. She also consults in the areas of learning styles, using music in the classroom, teaming, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, and memory. As an educational consultant with Two Rivers Professional Development Center, she worked for the Illinois Regional Offices of Education in the area of staff development associated with learning standards and testing. She speaks internationally, and her interactive and engaging style allows participants to make connections with their classrooms and their students. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology and is constantly updated on current research. Sprenger is the author of several books, including Memory 101 for Educators and Becoming a Wiz at Brain-Based Teaching, Second Edition, published by Corwin Press. She has contributed to textbooks, and her articles have appeared in publications such as Educational Leadership and the ASCD Brain-based Education/Learning Styles Networker. Her dedication to education has won her many awards, but she cherishes most the wonderful students and teachers whose lives have touched hers.

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