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Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning

Introduction to Brain-Compatible Learning

Second Edition

July 2007 | 136 pages | Corwin
''Formerly a publication of The Brain Store This teacher-friendly resource will introduce you to the key principles of brain-compatible teaching and learning. In an easy-to-read format, this handbook demonstrates just how simple it is to improve student motivation and performance by learning how the brain works.
About the Author
Part I. Background You Need
What Is Brain-Compatible Learning?
The Old and New of It
When Brain Research Is Applied to the Classroom, Everything Will Change
Change Can Be Easy
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Where's the Proof?
Tools for Exploring the Brain
Ten Reasons to Care About the Research?
The Evolution of Brain Models
Be a Brain-Smart Consumer: Recognizing Good Research
Action or Theory: Who Wants to Read All That Research?
Excellent Sources of Research
Fun Factoids on the Brain
What's in the Human Brain
Brain Teaser
The Brain Divided
The Brain Connected
Brain Geography
Brain "Cell"ebration: Far-out Facts About Brain Cells
Learning Happens... But How?
Are Today's Kids Different?
Boys' and Girls' Brain Differences
Learning Disabilities: Different Brains
The Cranial Soup Bowl: Understanding the Chemicals in Our Brains
Part II. The Foundation for Teaching Is Principles, Not Strategies
What Are the Principles?
Principle 1: The Principle of Change: Brain Is Dynamic, Not Fixed
Implications for Educators

Principle 2: The Principle of Variety: All Brains Are Unique
Implications for Educators

Principle 3: The Principle of Maturation: Developmental Sensitivity
Implications for Educators

Principle 4: The Principle of Culture: We Have a "Social Brain"
Implications for Educators

Principle 5: The Principle of Connectivity: The Brain Is an Integrated "System of Systems"
Implications for Educators

Principle 6: The Principle of Memory Malleability
Implications for Educators

Principle 7: The Principle of Resource Consumption
Necessity for Processing
Part III. So What; Now What?
Asking Big Questions: What's in a Brain-Compatible Curriculum?
Brain-Compatible Test-Taking Success Strategies
Systemic Change: The Next Level
Big Picture Analysis: Transformation Happens
Action Research Makes a Difference
The Learning Community
What's Next?
Appendix A: Brain-Smart Resources and Support
Appendix B: Glossary of Brain Terminology

"As an introduction to brain-compatible learning, this book does an admirable job. It highlights some of the important findings of recent brain research and presents ideas in an easy-to-read manner."

Andrea F. Rosenblatt, Associate Professor
Barry University

"A 'must' for practicing teachers and education libraries alike."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

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