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Teaching with the Brain in Mind



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  • Teaching With the Brain in Mind
    Teaching With the Brain in Mind


Discusses how to improve student achievement and create a more effective classroom by applying brain research to teaching.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction 1(6)
Meet Your Amazing Brain
Basic brain anatomy
How the brain changes over time
Cooperation and competition in the brain
How the brain learns
Preparing the Brain for School
What to do to get a child's brain ready for school
Sensitive periods in brain development
Developing social and emotional skills
The importance of nutrition
The dynamic teenage brain
Rules We Learn By
How to increase student engagement
Variations on repetition
The importance of prior knowledge and mental models
Ways to take advantage of the body's natural rhythms
The role of hormones
Trial-and-error learning
How positive and negative emotions affect the brain
Movement and Learning
The mind-body link
How exercise affects cognition
The importance of play, recess, and physical education
Emotional States
Why emotions are now ``mainstream.'' How emotions are processed in the brain
The power of emotional states
How to influence emotional states
Physical Environments for Learning
Neuroscience's new interest in physical environments
How seating, temperature, lighting, noise, and building design affect learning
Factors to consider when designing smarter schools
Managing the Social Brain
How social interaction affects the brain and cognition
The effect of stress, bonding, bias, and peer pressure
How to make school a more positive social experience
Motivation and Engagement
Common causes of demotivation
The brain's reaction to rewards
The nature of intrinsic motivation
Tools for motivation
The SuperCamp model
Critical Thinking Skills
How gender, culture, disorders, and life experience shape a unique brain
How the brain tackles problem solving
How the brain's maturation process affects learning
How the brain adapts to changing circumstances
Memory and Recall
Links between memory and survival
Ways that the brain encodes and maintains memory
The different kinds of memory
Ways to enhance memory retrieval
Brain-Based Teaching
What to do before, during, and after teaching to take full advantage of what we know about the brain and learning
Schools with the Brain in Mind
Connecting brain research to curriculum, assessment, and staff development
Supporting good instruction and good instructors
Effecting change with the brain in mind
Glossary of Brain Terms 159(4)
References 163(17)
Follow-Up Resources 180(1)
Index 181(6)
About the Author 187

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