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Fierce Teaching
Purpose, Passion, and What Matters Most

Edited by:
  • Eric Jensen - Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA, Centre for Women's Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka


© 2009 | 120 pages | Corwin

"The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn to their maximum potential."
—Deborah Alexander-Davis, Educational Consultant

"Teachers will benefit greatly from Jensen's knowledge and understanding of many complex topics."
—Beverly Ginther, Staff Development Coordinator
Minnetonka Public Schools, MN

Empower students' learning with core teaching principles and brain-friendly strategies!

New educational ideas, theories, and trends materialize every year, but what core principles actually dictate student success, and which strategies reliably create lasting learning?

In this invaluable resource, noted brain expert Eric Jensen shows educators how they can achieve consistent, positive learning outcomes using powerful brain-compatible teaching methods. Based on exacting criteria, these methods comprise the physical, social, environmental, and neurological factors that influence learning. This reader-friendly model covers both process and content and identifies specific characteristics of successful strategies, providing techniques that are:

  • Easy to learn and implement
  • Adaptable for differentiated instruction and individual learning styles
  • Applicable to all grade levels
  • Teacher-tested and proven to deliver results in any school setting
  • Aligned with current brain and cognitive science research

True mastery of teaching comes with understanding and employing the fundamental principles of learning. This book provides the knowledge, strategies, and action steps that teachers, teacher leaders, and mentors need to help all students reach their full potential.

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Strategy Number 1. Body and Emotional Connections Made
Body-Mind Emotional Engagement  
Five Key Emotional States  
Safety  
Vesting  
Connection  
Alertness  
Hope  
 
Strategy Number 2. Feedback and Error Correction
The Importance of Feedback  
A Case for Feedback Styles  
Using Feedback Types  
What Makes Feedback Work So Well?  
Feedback Should Be Reliable  
 
Strategy Number 3. Input-to-Output Ratio
Who's Doing the Learning?  
The Truth About Time in Learning  
Mastery of Material Through Time  
The Brain's Perspective on Learning  
Working Memory  
Consolidating the Learning  
Hippocampus Overload  
Cortical Limitations  
How Does the Need for Time Translate Into the School Day?  
The Importance of Rest Time  
 
Strategy Number 4. Elaboration for Depth
What Is Elaboration?  
Preparation for Elaborative Learning  
Elaboration Categories  
The "How-to" of Elaboration  
Five Elaboration Strategies  
Elaboration Alternatives  
 
Strategy Number 5. Recall and Memory Management
What Makes Purposeful Memory Encoding So Good?  
Seven Approaches for Repetition to Get Memories Encoded  
Pre-exposure  
Priming  
Prior Knowledge Activation  
Post-viewing  
Guided Practice  
Revision With Links  
 
Strategy Number 6. Content Coherence
What Is Coherence?  
Texts With Coherence  
Teaching for Coherence  
Increasing Key Structural Knowledge  
Experiential Learning  
Semantic Support  
The Use of Models  
S-U-P-E-D Up Learning  
Sleeping on It  
 
Strategy Number 7. Environmental Management
The Four Environmental Domains  
Physical Environments  
How Do Environments Affect Us?  
Indoor Air Quality  
Acoustic Quality  
Classroon Lighting  
Classroom Temperature  
The Social Environment  
Social Influences on Our Brains, Bodies, and Lives  
Positive Social Structures Work Miracles  
Independent Learners  
Classroom Dialogues to Build Social Structures  
Social Status Strategies in Motion  
Academic Climate Management  
The Five Success Factors  
Celebrate and Affirm the Learning  
Life-Path Guidance  
The Use of Traditions  
Instructional Variety  
Student Asset Building  
Managing the Cultural Environment  
The Culture of "Success" Is All About Achievement  
The Counterculture of Success Is That of Disengagement From the System  
The School Culture of Character Values Such as Responsibility, Honesty, and Fairness  
The Counterculture to Character Is Rebellion  
The Culture of Being Respected and Being Somebody  
The Counterculture Exists Where Students Disrespect Others  
Building Positive Cultures  
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn to their maximum potential.”

Deborah Alexander-Davis, Educational Consultant

“Teachers will benefit greatly from Jensen's knowledge and understanding of many complex topics.”

Beverly Ginther, Staff Development Coordinator
Minnetonka Public Schools, MN

“This book deals with a stimulating topic for educators and is simple to understand.”

Lori Grossman, Instructional Coordinator
Houston Independent School District, TX
Key features
  • The book strategies and tools that empower educators as confident teachers and empower students to excel academically
  • The book offers teachers a new way of thinking about learning, with the seven "make or break" principles
  • Every one of the principles matter enough that alone each one can make a difference between a student learning and not learning
  • Educators can easily read, digest, and implement the strategies immediately
  • Educators want to succeed and this book helps them understand and use the core principles and strategies that drive learning
  • Focuses on key principles and classroom-proven strategies that help all learners achieve their fullest potential
  • Every chapter offers specific action steps that any educator or school can implement for positive change

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