This user-friendly reference presents easy-to-implement classroom applications to help increase teaching effectiveness and enhance student outcomes and includes specific tips for boosting cognition and improving test scores.
A brain-friendly guide for motivating students to live, eat, and breathe science! The authors outline 20 proven brain-compatible strategies, rationales from experts to support their effectiveness, and more than 250 activities for incorporating them. Teachers will find concrete ways to engage students in science with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including: Music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap Storytelling and humor Graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs Manipulatives, experiments, labs, and models Internet projects
The second book in the Voices of Experience series (Grades K–3) is for the middle of the year when you need to get yourself and your students “fired up.” The author’s best ideas are presented in four activity-based sections: Relationships: how to build successful and respectful relationships Organization: how to establish a safe and orderly environment Assessment: how to involve students in their own assessment Reliables: how to keep your students active and engaged
What could be more frustrating for teachers than teaching an important lesson and then having students unable to recall the content just 24 hours later? In this new edition of Marcia Tate's best-selling "Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites", her 20 field-tested, brain-compatible instructional strategies that maximize memory and minimize forgetting are supported by new classroom applications and research throughout. Each short chapter is devoted to one of the strategies and includes: the brain research and learning style theory undergirding the strategy, sample classroom activities utilizing the strategy, and reflection/action planning steps. As Tate's many workshop participants worldwide can attest, using these strategies will not only help students retain content and increase motivation but will also improve the classroom environment.
Make sure your children grow dendrites! Award-winning educator Marcia L. Tate provides a research-based road map for raising respectful, responsible children who achieve to their fullest potential. The best-selling author, mother, and grandmother shares brain-compatible strategies for “growing dendrites” and guiding children toward personal, academic, and career success. Her latest book provides parents and caregivers with a wealth of practical tips and tools for: Creating a calm and brain-compatible home environment Incorporating positive physical contact and verbal communication Encouraging play that develops creativity and imagination Strengthening children’s auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual modes of learning
20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain, PreK-8
Author: Marcia L. Tate
Publisher: Corwin Press
Engage students in effective, meaningful experiences in mathematics! Following the format of Marcia L. Tate’s previous bestsellers, this user-friendly guide offers math teachers 20 powerful, brain-based teaching strategies that incorporate visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities to promote student engagement and achievement. The book focuses on the NCTM focal points and includes a bibliography of math and literature resources and a lesson planning guide. The chapters offer: A what, why, and how for each strategy Specific brain-compatible mathematics activities and lessons from real teachers across the country Space for teachers to reflect on and apply individual strategies in their lessons
The Future of Learning Outside the Classroom in American Schools
Author: Keshia L. Gaines Ph. D.
So...Why Are Students NOT Learning On The School Bus? According to Dr. Keshia L. Gaines, students should learn from academic content on the school bus and other unique learning areas (the bus stop, cafeteria, playgrounds, bathrooms, academic clothing, etc.). The key to improving America's educational system, Gaines believes, is to allow students to learn outside the classroom. Since students are not meeting academic expectations in the general classroom, it is important to consider all methods and areas for students to learn. Dr. Gaines founded Bus-stop 2 Bus-stop, LLC and created the Bus-stop 2 Bus-stop learning method to help students increase academic achievement in fun, innovative ways. Th e idea behind the Bus-stop 2 Bus-stop learning method is that students will be exposed to academic content starting at the school bus stop. Students will continue to be exposed to academic content throughout their school hours until they get dropped off at that same bus stop at the end of the school day. This book is designed for use in various education courses, educational leadership positions, and for general reading by anyone who is worried about the future of our children and educational systems. For entry-level students in education, this book provides insight and new ways to improve academic achievement in America. This book is also appropriate for various upper-level courses because of its research components, references, discussion questions, and journal activities . The purpose of this book is to explain the Bus-stop 2 Bus-stop learning method and to ultimately improve the current educational system in America. "
Using the Best of Mind, Brain, and Education Science in the Classroom
Author: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Publisher: Teachers College Press
This book offers a definitive, scientifically grounded guide for better teaching and learning practices. Drawing from thousands of documents and the opinions of recognized experts worldwide, it explains in straight talk the new Mind, Brain, and Education Science—a field that has grown out of the intersection of neuroscience, education, and psychology. While parents and teachers are often bombarded with promises of "a better brain," this book distinguishes true, applicable neuroscience from the popular neuromyths that have gained currency in education. Each instructional guideline presented in the book is accompanied by real-life classroom examples to help teachers envision the direct application of the information in their own schools. The authors offer essential tools for evaluating new information as it flows from research and adds to what we know. Written by a teacher for teachers, this easy-to-use resource: Documents the findings of the top experts in the field of neuroscience, psychology, and education.Addresses the confusion around the misuse of concepts in brain-based education.Applies well-substantiated findings about the brain to classroom practice and teaching. “Up to this point, there has been little consensus among researchers and educators as to the potential applications of brain research to educational policies and practices. Understanding this, Tokuhama used a Delphi technique to poll recognized experts in both education and neuroscience to gain agreement as to what, in this newly emerging field, is well established, what is probably true, what is intelligent speculation, and what are ‘neuromyths.’ This seminal book has the potential to change the way we think about teaching and learning.” —From the Foreword by Pat Wolfe, educational consultant, Mind Matters, Inc. “This is not only an excellent guide for teachers and a most-needed review of the cutting-edge research on neuroeducation, but also a model of pedagogy. The author guides readers step-by-step in the fascinating exploration of the new transdisciplinary field called MBE—Mind, Brain and Education Science. I recommend this book to every teacher. It will clarify many issues and promote many educational initiatives.” —Antonio M. Battro, M.D., President of IMBES, International Mind, Brain and Education Society “Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa has written a highly accessible, extraordinarily well-documented compilation of essential information for all educators. This breakthrough book guides informed decision-making using the best science has to offer to return joy and authentic learning to our classrooms.” —Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed., neurologist, middle-school teacher, author, and renowned speaker on brain-based education “A fascinating review of state-of-the-art research. It does more than just debunk myths, it also points toward tried-and-true tenets and principles of education. Written with clarity, freshness, and a sense of urgency, this is a book that every educator—and everyone who cares about children—should read.” —Craig Pohlman, author of How Can My Kid Succeed in School? and Revealing Minds
Designed as a guide for parents, teachers and principals, this book facilitates parents to restructure their lifestyle for the enhancement of their children's academic achievement and self-esteem. A lucidly written text intertwined with theories and practicum, this book attempts to elucidate various concepts, theories, and methodologies for improved teacher performance. The text sets guidelines for administrators and principals in problem solving, process following, and decision making, which are quintessential for school operations.
The first book in the Voices of Experience series (Grades 4–8) is for when you are just getting to know your students. The author’s best ideas are presented in four activity-based sections: Relationships: how to build successful and respectful relationships Organization: how to establish a safe and orderly environment Assessment: how to involve students in their own assessment Reliables: how to keep your students active and engaged
How to Teach Differentially, Assess Effectively, and Manage a Classroom Ethically in Ways That Are
Author: Sandra Vavra
Our goal in writing this book was to validate teachers for strong efforts in their life’s work. We often observe teachers’ frustrations with what they perceive to be a multitude of different “hot topics” in education that they must attend to now, but which they expect to come and go, like the last “hot topics.” So, we wanted to help readers see similarities between many of these “hot topics”—differentiation, multiple intelligences, culturally responsive teaching, “brain-friendly” strategies, authentic assessment, and ethical classroom management—which we feel are not “flashes in the pan.” And we trust that serious practitioners will not oversimplify the findings of neuroscientists and their application to education. Reading studies and books by scientists, a number of which are user-friendly, can help ensure that teachers separate the hype from credible information. We have seen this professionally judicious approach in the work of graduate students (Kolinski, 2007) in adopting “brain-friendly” strategies. We have intentionally packed both theoretical/research-based and practical information in this book because professional educators want to know why they should use certain approaches, models, and strategies. In turn, as professionals, we should be able to explain why we teach the way we do–not to justify, but to educate others about our knowledge-based, reflective, decision-making processes and the impact on student learning. Thus, it is important to read Chapter 1 because it lays a foundation. Each succeeding chapter (2–6) has unique and compelling twists and turns—chock full of ideas to use or to adapt. It is possible to gain lots of ideas, processes, and strategies from reading and implementing (or adapting) even one of the unit chapters, or a part of it. While some of the units are explicitly about literacy, others focus on content using reading, writing, speaking, and listening as critical in the learning process. Thus, literacy skills are reinforced and strengthened. Additionally, some of our colleagues and public school partners have given us feedback that they wanted to implement some of the units and activities themselves. So, feel free to use this book for self-exploration and professional development.
Get moving to prime the body for learning! All young students sometimes need a little extra help developing their senses. And many kids who are labeled as “problem students” simply lack the physical skills necessary to sit still, pay attention or even hold a pencil. Sensorcises helps students develop the very basic sensory skills needed for learning. Learn how to address the needs of these learners and help them develop the sensory motor skills they need to succeed. In this invigorating book, the author explores the REAL technique-Relax, Energize, Activate and Lead. By providing clear, step-by-step instructions, this book shows you how to design activity sequences to help students with sensory dysfunction as well as all the other learners in your K-5 classes. The author makes it incredibly easy to incorporate these exercises into any curriculum. Each research-based activity is fully described and illustrated with photographs to assist with classroom implementation. You AND your whole class will benefit from Sensorcises! They are the perfect way to boost energy levels while helping students focus their mind, body, and senses on achieving success.
Dispel discipline problems with new classroom management techniques! Behavioral problems often occur when students are bored or unmotivated. This newly revised edition from education expert, Marcia L. Tate, helps you detour students around misbehavior. Tate provides updated research, new vignettes, the latest classroom management, and Common Core-aligned techniques that will help: • Establish a relationship with students that supports deep learning • Deliver brain-compatible lessons • Work with students who have attention deficit disorder and chronic behavior problems • Promote student concentration and memory with classroom arrangement, light, color, and music Implement the crucial elements for lasting motivation and engagement with this essential guide!
Linking Skills and Curriculum for Adolescents with a Language Learning Disability
Author: Mandy Brent
Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research
Working Together: Linking skills and curriculum for adolescents with a Language Learning Disability is a must-read book for busy classroom teachers who sometimes see the needs of students with language and learning difficulties as just too hard to cater for. A working collaboration between secondary teacher, Chris Millgate-Smith, and speech pathologist, Mandy Brent, this book clearly illustrates how mainstream curriculum can be differentiated for the benefit of all students with a Language Learning Disability (LLD)