Brain Matters: Translating Research Into Classroom Practice

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ASCD, 2010 - Education - 247 pages
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While you don't need to be a scientist to understand brain-compatible teaching, you'll be far more effective when you base your teaching practices on the very best scientific information. This expanded and updated ascd best-seller delivers that essential information in clear, everyday language that any teacher can immediately incorporate into classroom practice. Renowned educator and consultant Patricia Wolfe explains: (1) How the brain encodes, manipulates, and stores information; (2) Why meaning is essential for attention; (3) How emotion can enhance or impede learning; and (4) Why different types of rehearsal are necessary for different types of learning. Plus, an all-new section explores brain development from birth through adolescence; the effect of exercise, sleep, nutrition, and technology on the brain; and the importance of neuroplasticity. Discover classroom-proven examples of how you can enhance learning in all grades and subjects and add to your repertoire of brain-compatible teaching strategies. This book is divided into four sections and contains 14 chapters. Four sections include: (1) The Structure and Function of the Human Brain; (2) Brain Development from Birth Through Adolescence; (3) From Sensory Input to Information Storage; and (4) Matching Instruction to How the Brain Learns Best. Chapters include: (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) The Early and Middle Years; (6) The Adolescent Brain: a Work in Progress; (7) The Role of Exercise, Sleep, Nutrition, and Technology; (8) Sensory Memory: Getting Information into the Brain; (9) Working Memory: The Conscious Processing of Information; (10) Long-Term Memory: The Brain's Storage System; (11) Making Curriculum Meaningful Through Problems, Projects, and Simulations; (12) Using the Visual and Auditory Senses to Enhance Learning; (13) a Toolkit of Brain-Compatible Strategies; and (14) a Final Note on Brain-Compatible Teaching and Learning. A preface, glossary, and list of references are also included. [For "Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice," see ed454999.].

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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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Part 1 The Structure and Function of theHuman Brain
Neurons and Subcortical Structures
The Cortex
How Neurons Communicate
Part II Brain Development from Birth Through Adolescence
The Early and Middle Years
A Work in Progress
The Role of Exercise Sleep Nutrition and Technology
The Brains Storage System
Part IV Matching Instruction to How the BrainLearns Best
Making Curriculum Meaningful Through Problems Projects and Simulations
Using the Visual and Auditory Senses to Enhance Learning
A Toolkit of BrainCompatible Strategies
A Final Note on BrainCompatible Teaching and Learning

Part III From Sensory Input to Information Storage
Getting Information into the Brain
The Conscious Processing of Information
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Patricia Wolfe is an independent consultant who speaks to educators and parents in schools across the United States and around the world. Her professional background includes work as a public school teacher at all levels; staff development trainer for the Upland (California) School District; Director of Instruction for the Napa County Office of Education, Napa, Calif.; and lead trainer for the International Principal Training Center in Rome and London.

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