Teaching with the Brain in Mind

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ASCD, Jun 1, 2005 - Education - 187 pages
When the first edition of Teaching with the Brain in Mind was published in 1998, it quickly became an ASCD best-seller, and it has gone on to inspire thousands of educators to apply brain research in their classroom teaching. Now, author Eric Jensen is back with a completely revised and updated edition of his classic work, featuring new research and practical strategies to enhance student comprehension and improve student achievement. In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. After discussing what parents and educators can do to get children’s brains in good shape for school, Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, optimal educational environments, emotions, and memory. He offers fascinating insights on a number of specific issues, including * How to tap into the brain’s natural reward system. * The value of feedback. * The importance of prior knowledge and mental models. * The vital link between movement and cognition. * Why stress impedes learning. * How social interaction affects the brain. * How to boost students’ ability to encode, maintain, and retrieve learning. * Ways to connect brain research to curriculum, assessment, and staff development. Jensen’s repeated message to educators is simple: You have far more influence on students’ brains than you realize . . . and you have an obligation to take advantage of the incredible revelations that science is providing. The revised and updated edition of Teaching with the Brain in Mind helps you do just that.
 

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User Review  - mbrittain - LibraryThing

This is great. Much of the details in the book make sense when I think about classroom conditions and why kids act the way they sometimes do. Also, there are sensible ideas about how to best reach all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth Lind - Goodreads

Great information but nothing earth shattering within these pages. I guess I knew more about brain based learning than I knew. I did like the research and I'll probably share some of that with the faculty at school. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Meeting Your Amazing Brain
7
Preparing the Brain for School
20
Rules We Learn By
33
Movement and Learning
60
Emotional States
68
Physical Environments for Learning
81
Managing the Social Brain
94
Memory and Recall
125
BrainBased Teaching
144
Schools with the Brain in Mind
150
Glossary of Brain Terms
159
References
163
FollowUp Resources
180
Index
181
About the Author
187

Motivation and Engagement
102
Critical Thinking Skills
112
Related ASCD Resources
188
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Eric Jensen is a former teacher who has taught at all levels, from elementary school through university, and is deeply committed to making a positive, significant, and lasting difference in the way we learn. His academic background includes a B.A. in English and an M.A. in organizational development, and he is currently completing his Ph.D. in human development. He has authored 30 books, including Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Enriching the Brain, Student Success Secrets, and Super Teaching. Currently, he conducts staff development and summer in-depth trainings and speaks at conferences nationwide.

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