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40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom
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40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom



October 2008 | 144 pages | Corwin
Informed by the latest research from behaviorists, neuroscientists, and cognitive researchers, this flexible guide provides fun, yet effective techniques for introducing brain-compatible learning in the Kû12 classroom and helps develop educators' understanding of how the brain, mind, and body function in the learning process. Based on a holistic brain-compatible model developed by the author, this resource not only demonstrates why brain-friendly learning is effective, it also strengthens teachers' instructional skills, reduces behavioral distractions in the classroom, and improves academic performance. Teachers can access 40 engaging tools to improve learning and test results across a broad range of skills and select from a series of practical techniques to use every week of the school year. Each of four sections includes ten class-tested tools with handy tips for use in a variety of classroom environments and for a wide range of student needs and experiences. A Brain-based Review in each section encourages the reader to critically reflect upon the tools to evaluate what works, what doesnÆt, and where to make changes. With stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs for inspiration, plus strategies, stories, songs, and poems woven throughout the text, this is an ideal book for any educator looking for fresh ways to encourage each and every child to succeed.
 
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

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