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A Biological Brain in a Cultural Classroom
Enhancing Cognitive and Social Development Through Collaborative Classroom Management

Second Edition


February 2003 | 192 pages | Corwin
Praise for the First Edition:

`Should be required reading for students of education, teachers, and administrators. I would encourage educators for form book study groups to read, study, reflect, and apply what is found here' - Jerry Tollefson, Principal, Marquette Elementary School, Madison

Using research findings from the cognitive neurosciences and a view of the classroom as an ecological system of checks and balances, the author takes the reader into the modern K-12 classroom, reaffirming his belief that students should collaborate with their teachers in classroom management decisions whenever possible.

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. The Cultural Foundations of Classroom Management
Democracy and Education

 
21st-Century Challenges

 
Collaborative Classroom Management

 
 
2. The Biological Foundations of Classroom Management
Three Forms of Biological Inquiry

 
Key Biological Concepts

 
Cells and Classrooms

 
 
3. The Marvelous Interdependent Bodybrain That Schools Seek to Manage
The Principal Brain Systems

 
From Jungle to Classroom in Search of a Model

 
 
4. Collaboratively Expending Energy: Who's In Charge?
Childbirth, Childhood, and Classrooms

 
From Potential to Kinetic Energy

 
Self-Esteem, Impulsivity, and Aggression

 
Suggested Activities

 
 
5. Collaboratively Managing Biological and Cultural Space
Mapping Cognitive, City, and Classroom Space

 
How Many People Can You Stuff Into a Classroom?

 
A Classroom Is a Created World Surrounded by a Leaky Wall

 
Cauliflower in the Classroom

 
Suggested Activities

 
 
6. Collaboratively Managing Biological and Cultural Time
Life Span: Two Developmental Decades

 
A Year's Curricular Time

 
A Day in the Life

 
Suggested Activities

 
 
7. Collaboratively Managing Biological and Cultural Movement
Physical Movement

 
Change as Psychological Movement

 
Suggested Activities

 
 
8. Collaboratively Managing Biological and Cultural Range
Biologically Possible Ranges

 
Culturally Appropriate Ranges

 
In the End

 
 
References and Supplementary Readings
 
Index

"Sylwester’s book offers research, theoretical perspectives, and suggested activities, all of which easily foster reflection on practices related to classroom management, this significant dimension of teaching."

Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books, April 2003

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: The Cultural Foundations of Classroom Management


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ISBN: 9780761938118