Teaching with the Brain in Mind

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ASCD, 2005 - Education - 186 pages
Meet your amazing brain -- Basic brain anatomy. How the brain changes over time. Cooperation and competition in the brain. How the brain learns -- Preparing the brain for school -- What to do to get a child's brain ready for school. Sensitive periods in brain development. Developing social and emotional skills. The importance of nutrition. The dynamic teenage brain -- Rules we learn by -- Increasing student engagement. Variations on repetition. The importance of prior knowledge and mental models. Taking advantage of the body's natural rhythms. The role of hormones. Trial-and-error learning. How positive and negative emotions affect the brain -- Movement and learning -- The mind-body link. How exercise affects cognition. The importance of play, recess, and physical education -- Emotional states -- Why emotions are now "mainstream." How emotions are processed in the brain. The power of emotional states. How to influence emotional states -- Physical environments for learning -- Why research on the physical environment has spawned new interest among neuroscientists. How seating, temperature, lighting, noise, and overall building design affect learning. Factors to consider for designing smarter schools -- Managing the social brain -- How social interaction affects the brain and cognition. The impact of stress, bonding, bias, and peer pressure. How to make school a more positive social experience -- Motivation and engagement -- Common causes of demotivation. The brain's reaction to rewards. The nature of intrinsic motivation. Tools for motivation. The supercamp model -- Critical thinking skills -- How gender, culture, disorders, and life experience shape a unique brain. How the brain tackles problem solving. How the brain's maturation process affects learning. How the brain adapts to changing circumstances -- Memory and recall -- Links between memory and survival. How the brain encodes and maintains memory. The different kinds of memory. Ways to enhance memory retrieval -- Brain-based teaching -- What to do before, during, and after teaching to take full advantage of what we know about the brain and learning -- Schools with the brain in mind -- Connecting brain research to curriculum, assessment, and staff development -- Supporting good instruction and good instructors. Change with the brain in mind.

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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


Meeting Your Amazing Brain
Preparing the Brain for School
Rules We Learn By
Movement and Learning
Emotional States
Physical Environments for Learning
Managing the Social Brain
Memory and Recall
BrainBased Teaching
Schools with the Brain in Mind
Glossary of Brain Terms
FollowUp Resources
About the Author

Motivation and Engagement
Critical Thinking Skills
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