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40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom



© 2009 | 144 pages | Corwin

"Scaddan has collected many positive, easy-to-read ideas that will be helpful for educators."
—Eric Jensen, Educational Consultant

"This book honors the art and science of teaching and learning. Read it, use it, and carry it from school to school, classroom to classroom for decades. This book is a backpack full of ideas, strategies, and activities to enhance brains and enrich hearts."
—Glenn Capelli, Churchill Fellow
True Learning Centre, Australia

"This is the missing link in so many of our schools' curriculum. Scaddan sparks the joy of learning in children and builds relationships between teachers and learners. A must-have for administrators, teachers, counselors, and anyone interested in understanding what it takes to make a difference."
—Nancy G . Peterson, Educational Consultant

Use these practical, brain-friendly tools to engage learners and impact student achievement!

Educators looking for proven methods to introduce brain-compatible instruction into K–12 classrooms will find invaluable assistance in this easy-to-read, engaging resource. The author helps teachers understand how the brain, mind, and body function in the learning process, demonstrates methods to reinforce students' memory and concentration, and illustrates ways to enhance learners' outcomes across a broad range of skills.

This flexible guide converts the latest findings on brain research into fun and effective techniques for reducing behavioral distractions in class, improving academic performance, and strengthening teachers' instructional skills. Within a holistic brain-based teaching model, this practical book offers:

  • 40 brain-friendly tools for improving learning and test results
  • A brain-based review feature that helps readers evaluate and modify the tools to meet students' needs
  • Stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs for inspiration
  • Stories, songs, poems, and anecdotes woven throughout the text

This guide is ideal for empowering students and helping them take ownership of their learning.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Enhancing Relationships
1. Emotional Learning  
2. Metaphors  
3. Rules or Agreements  
4. Choice  
5. Anti-Stress Techniques  
Review  
6. Put Ups  
7. Breathing Techniques  
8. Relaxation  
9. Eliminating Extrinsic Rewards  
10. Punishment and Consequences  
Review  
 
Part II. Developing Patterns and Coherence
11. Contamination  
12. Concentration  
13. State Changes  
14. Cross Overs  
Review  
15. Improving Memory Links  
16. Memory Techniques  
17. Rough Draft  
18. Elaboration  
19. Repetition  
20. Themes  
Review  
 
Part III. Promoting Understanding: A Model for a "Learn to Learn" Framework
21. Input-Learning Styles  
22. Learning Preferences  
23. Multiple Intelligences  
Review  
24. Motivators  
25. Four Great Questions  
26. WIIFM  
27. Pulling Your Own Strings  
28. Goal Setting  
29. Myfirmations  
30. Overviews  
Review  
Academic Data  
 
Part IV. Putting It All Together
31. Framing  
32. Pre-wiring  
33. Loops  
34. Feedback  
35. Mind Maps and Mindscapes  
36. Reflection  
37. Lo, Mo, Ho  
38. Inclusive Statements  
39. Response Time  
Something to Aim for  
40. Hands Free: An Expectation to Answer  
 
Conclusion
 
Suggested Reading
 
References
 
Index

"Scaddan has collected many positive, easy-to-read ideas that should be helpful for educators."

Eric Jensen, Educational Consultant

"It is great to read a book that honours the art and science of teaching and learning. Read it. Use it. Carry it from school to school, classroom to classroom for decades. This book is a backpack full of ideas, strategies, and activities to enhance brains and enrich hearts."

Glenn Capelli, Churchill Fellow
True Learning Centre, Australia

"This is the missing link in so many of our schools' curriculum. Scaddan sparks the joy of learning in children and builds relationships between teachers and learners. A must-have for administrators, teachers, counselors, and anyone interested in understanding what it takes to make a difference."

Nancy G . Peterson, Educational Consultant
Key features
  • Offers 40 tools from a successful model developed by the author on brain-based learning that K-12 teachers can utilize immediately in their classrooms to get their student engaged in the content, impacting student achievement. 
  • Stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs about brain-based learning inspiring teachers to encourage all their students to achieve. 
  • Brain-based Review feature encourages the reader to critically reflect upon the tools in each section in order to get educators thinking about what works or could work in their classroom.
  • Tips, strategies, stories, songs, poems and anecdotes are sprinkled throughout to provide the educator with engaging brain-compatible techniques that can benefit all learners.  
 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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