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40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom

40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom

December 2008 | 144 pages | Corwin
Informed by the latest research from behaviorists, neuroscientists, and cognitive researchers, this flexible guide provides fun, yet effective techniques for introducing brain-compatible learning in the Kû12 classroom and helps develop educators' understanding of how the brain, mind, and body function in the learning process. Based on a holistic brain-compatible model developed by the author, this resource not only demonstrates why brain-friendly learning is effective, it also strengthens teachers' instructional skills, reduces behavioral distractions in the classroom, and improves academic performance. Teachers can access 40 engaging tools to improve learning and test results across a broad range of skills and select from a series of practical techniques to use every week of the school year. Each of four sections includes ten class-tested tools with handy tips for use in a variety of classroom environments and for a wide range of student needs and experiences. A Brain-based Review in each section encourages the reader to critically reflect upon the tools to evaluate what works, what doesnÆt, and where to make changes. With stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs for inspiration, plus strategies, stories, songs, and poems woven throughout the text, this is an ideal book for any educator looking for fresh ways to encourage each and every child to succeed.
About the Author
Part I. Enhancing Relationships
1. Emotional Learning

2. Metaphors

3. Rules or Agreements

4. Choice

5. Anti-Stress Techniques


6. Put Ups

7. Breathing Techniques

8. Relaxation

9. Eliminating Extrinsic Rewards

10. Punishment and Consequences


Part II. Developing Patterns and Coherence
11. Contamination

12. Concentration

13. State Changes

14. Cross Overs


15. Improving Memory Links

16. Memory Techniques

17. Rough Draft

18. Elaboration

19. Repetition

20. Themes


Part III. Promoting Understanding: A Model for a "Learn to Learn" Framework
21. Input-Learning Styles

22. Learning Preferences

23. Multiple Intelligences


24. Motivators

25. Four Great Questions


27. Pulling Your Own Strings

28. Goal Setting

29. Myfirmations

30. Overviews


Academic Data

Part IV. Putting It All Together
31. Framing

32. Pre-wiring

33. Loops

34. Feedback

35. Mind Maps and Mindscapes

36. Reflection

37. Lo, Mo, Ho

38. Inclusive Statements

39. Response Time

Something to Aim for

40. Hands Free: An Expectation to Answer

Suggested Reading

"Scaddan has collected many positive, easy-to-read ideas that should be helpful for educators."

Eric Jensen, Educational Consultant

"It is great to read a book that honours the art and science of teaching and learning. Read it. Use it. Carry it from school to school, classroom to classroom for decades. This book is a backpack full of ideas, strategies, and activities to enhance brains and enrich hearts."

Glenn Capelli, Churchill Fellow
True Learning Centre, Australia

"This is the missing link in so many of our schools' curriculum. Scaddan sparks the joy of learning in children and builds relationships between teachers and learners. A must-have for administrators, teachers, counselors, and anyone interested in understanding what it takes to make a difference."

Nancy G . Peterson, Educational Consultant

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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