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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management
Image credit: iStockphoto Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. During the school year, students are expected to listen to and absorb vast amounts of content. But how much time has been devoted to equipping students with ways to disconnect from their own internal dialogue (self-talk) and to focus their attention fully on academic content that is being presented? Explicit instruction on cognitive strategies that can help students learn how to learn may have a positive impact on both academic performance and classroom management by emphasizing that students are in charge of their own behavior and learning. The Anatomy and Psychology of Listening Teaching Students to Focus and Listen

School Report's 10th News Day under way - BBC School Report BBC News School Report's 10th annual News Day is under way, with about 30,000 students in schools across the UK making and broadcasting the news. School Reporters are striving to post stories to their websites by a 14:00 GMT deadline, when the BBC will link to those sites via its interactive map. Pupils are also going on air and online on the BBC throughout the day, from the Today programme to BBC News at Six. The Thinking Classroom: Ways of Thinking Effective thinking-centered instruction aims to achieve two educational objectives: To cultivate the active use of knowledge, and To help students become self-regulated learners. Toward that end, this section of The Thinking Classroom highlights four thinking-centered approaches for infusing high-level thinking instruction into your regular curriculum. The Ways of Teaching Thinking region features a preview and description of each of the approaches. Why These Four Approaches?

Spice Up Your Class Routine UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false How To Master Your Time The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks. Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren’t the best at choosing names). The love of your life – Princess Lucia – is trapped in a burning building as you hurry to save her. How Design Thinking Can Empower Young People Daniel: For kids who really feel like most of life happens to them, for them to have an opportunity to feel that they have an impact is very exciting. The D3 program is designed specifically for teenagers. And they feel that it's really relevant to their lives, and relevant to the community here, People Serving People. Emily: One, two, three, jump! Jennifer's trying to explain the game we're about to play.

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home When I first started teaching and was overwhelmed by the demands and complexity of the job, my survival strategy was simply to take all the advice that came my way and implement it. So when my wise mentor suggested that after the first day of school I call all of my second grader's parents, I did so. In spite of my exhaustion, I called each family and introduced myself. Teachers Top 100 Books for Children The following list was compiled from an online survey in 2007. Parents and teachers will find it useful in selecting quality literature for children. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic Teacher Infographics We know that each student is unique, but what about each student’s brain? Understanding how the brain works when learning is key to helping students achieve mastery of a subject or topic. Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic depicts the brain science behind student-centered approaches to learning. This infographic draws on the research from Mind, Brain, and Education that answers the questions:

Title 1 School How to Motivate!!! PLEASE READ!!! It's more than just motivating. Buttercup53 , Sixth grade social studies teacher in Texas Posted 11/10/2012 8:12AM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 2604 Views Hi, My name is Linda and I've been teaching at a sixth grade campus for eleven years now. Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers. "Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain," said Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics and information sciences and technology. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger."

Critical Thinking: Definitions and Assessments January 3, 2013 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Educational Assessment Despite almost universal agreement that critical thinking needs to be taught in college, now perhaps more than ever before, there is much less agreement on definitions and dimensions. Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick How to praise kids: It’s a hot topic for many parents and educators. A lot of the conversation around it has stemmed from studies by Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford who has been researching this specific topic for many years. “My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research paper on the effects of praise on motivation and performance.

We think more rationally in a foreign language One of psychology's major contributions has been to document the myriad ways our thinking is sent haywire by a series of biases. Investigations into the ways and means to combat these biases have lagged behind, but that's starting to change. Now a team of researchers at the University of Chicago has reported that people are immune to two key biases when they think in their second, less familiar language. The first half of the investigation involved well-established framing effects.