In order to orchestrate optimal learning, we must have an understanding of how the brain learns and what is required prior to the introduction of new information. The purpose of this book is to inform you about the complexity of students’ brains and, thus, the challenge and importance of teaching. Our daily choices as we orchestrate learning can make a significant impact on our students’ brains and learning ability.
"Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain: Energizing and Enhancing Instruction, from a neuroscience researcher and former classroom teacher, helps educators steer clear of "neuro-myths" and explains in teacher-friendly language how the brain learns."broadwayworld.com
Education has never had so many tools at its disposal to improve the teaching and learning processes. These are exciting times for everyone in the discipline. Neuroscience and psychology nurture our understanding of how the brain learns and help us identify the best teaching practices possible. Although the tools of the
Let’s acknowledge two fundamental facts. First, students who attend school from kindergarten through secondary school typically spend more than 13,000 hours of their developing brain’s time in the presence of teachers. Second, their brains are highly susceptible to environmental influences—social, physical, cognitive, and emotional. And, more important, their brains will be
Why Don’t Students Like School began as a list of nine principles that are so fundamental to the mind’s operation that they do not change as circumstances change. They are true in the classroom as they are in the laboratory and therefore can reliably be applied to classroom situations. These nine
In order to orchestrate optimal learning, we must have an understanding of how the brain learns and what is required prior to the introduction of new information.
Our daily choices as we orchestrate learning can make a significant impact on our students’ brains and learning ability.
Studies about the brain say that “learning means growing dendrites.” What makes dendrites grow or not grow, and how is that really involved in learning? Let’s learn a little more science.
Neuroscientists have a saying that “cells that fire together, wire together.” This concept means that when cells persistently fire together, the synapses strengthen and the dendrites get more stable.
Something we take for granted, such as speaking in class, calls on many brain processes that must work together.
Anxiety has a negative impact on thinking and higher-order executive functions, such as planning, budgeting time, organization, critical thinking, and metacognition.
The first step in addressing individual differences is making sure that all students understand how their brain learns.
It is critical for teachers to understand that learning differences are not a matter of preference but of brain wiring.
Learners may be using an alternative network of regions in the brain to process functions such as reading.
Students need to fire and wire different ways of behaving through interventions targeting specific deficits as well as general behaviors
Humans appear to have special neurons in the inferior frontal gyrus and inferior parietal cortex that react to the actions of other individuals.