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Brain-Based Learning

Brain-Based Learning
What is brain-based or brain-compatible learning? How can brain research be integrated into the classroom? How does brain research relate to technology integration? Brain-based learning has been called a combination of brain science and common sense. Hart (1983) called the brain "the organ of learning." The brain is a complex adaptive system. For complex learning to occur, Caine and Caine have identified three conditions: Relaxed alertness - a low threat, high challenge state of mind Orchestrated immersion - an multiple, complex, authentic experience Active processing - making meaning through experience processing The nine brain-compatible elements identified in the ITI (Integrated Thematic Instruction) model designed by Susan Kovalik include: Absence of Threat, Meaningful Content, Choices, Movement to Enhance Learning, Enriched Environment, Adequate Time, Collaboration, Immediate Feedback, and Mastery (application level). Library - links to interesting articles Build A Project

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Helping Shy Students All teachers have had shy students in their classroom. These children are the ones who keep to themselves and quietly complete their work, often hiding from the attention of the teacher or their classmates. However, some of these children are not just shy or quiet but may have social anxiety disorder.

Learning theory Learning theory: models, product and process. What is learning? Is it a change in behaviour or understanding? The Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educators Technology, Teaching, and Learning This section provides an overview to technology, teaching, and learning. A few of the resources are from another area of eduscapes called Literature Ladders.

Technology and Multiple Intelligences What are the multiple intelligences? What do they have to do with technology? How can I incorporate these ideas into teaching and learning? Learning Techniques One of the things that we expect you to pick up by osmosis, but almost never mention explicitly, is techniques for learning itself. After you leave university, you will be expected to be able to learn by yourself for the rest of your life. And an hour spent addressing the meta-issue of learning skills pays off in reduced time to actually learn. Johns Hopkins University: New Horizons for Learning Welcome to New Horizons for Learning - a leading web resource for identifying and communicating successful strategies for educational practice. The Johns Hopkins School of Education does not vet or endorse any information contained on the New Horizons website. Information posted on New Horizons prior to January 1, 2014 can be repurposed as long as the repurposing party provides attribution to the original author of the material being used. Information posted on New Horizons after January 1, 2014 is considered open access information and can be repurposed without attribution to the original author.

Brain-Friendly Teaching (1): Putting Brain-Friendly Strategies To Work How can the findings of current brain research be applied in the classroom to help students perform best on standardized tests? Marilee Sprenger details seven steps to move information from sensory memory to long-term memory. "In the United States, most schools prepare for standardized tests by spending a large amount of time a few months prior to testing on review," observes brain expert Marilee Sprenger. "Although that has been known to raise test scores in comparison to schools that do not follow that process, it does not put information into long-term memory. Because working memory can hold information for just days or weeks, most of the time, the information is forgotten after the test."

The Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educators In this section, you'll find quality Internet resources related to the topics of Educational Resources, Content-Rich Websites, Collaborative Projects, and Cool Student, Educator, and Library Websites. Educational Resources Content Rich Websites MI Intro ONE OF THE MOST COMPELLING, yet controversial new approaches to education reform is Multiple Intelligences Theory, or MI. Conceived of by Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Project Zero, MI first swept the worlds of education, cognitive science and developmental psychology in 1983 with the publication of Gardner's treatise, Frames of Mind. In the decade since Frames, the work of Dr. Gardner and MI theory has shaken educators with a most fundamental question: What is intelligence?

Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking Image credit: iStockphoto The shift toward applying more executive function (EF) within learning and assessment will cause some discomfort in teachers and students. The transition will not eliminate the need for memorization, as automatic use of foundational knowledge is the toolkit for the executive functions. Memorization, however, will not be adequate as meaningful learning becomes more about applying, communicating and supporting what one knows.

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