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Teaching With Superpowers
Ten Brain-Informed Practices



July 2024 | 152 pages | Corwin

Unleash your inner teaching superhero

Incorporating the principles of neuroscience not only transforms the practices that take place in the classroom, but also empowers teachers, equipping them with the tools they need to feel and be successful in their work.

Written in a lighthearted, easy-to-read format, author C. Bobbi Hansen showcases the potential of brain-informed practices to empower teachers and learners alike. By centering instructional practices on research from the field of educational neuroscience, Teaching With Superpowers identifies ten “superpowers” that teachers can activate to optimize how their students’ brains take in, process, and store information. Inside you’ll find:

  • How to optimize teaching and learning by understanding the science of how students learn
  • 10 unique “superpowers” that will enhance your students’ learning, including fueling attention and engagement, promoting culturally responsive teaching, boosting long-term memory, and championing neurodiversity
  • Numerous classroom examples and resources applicable to any content area or grade level

For all educators who are passionate about helping their students succeed and maximizing their teaching potential, this is your essential guide.

 
Dedication
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Activating Superpower #1: Introducing Your Superpowered Brain: Knowing How It Works
Neuroscience You Can Use

 
Employing this Superpower Tool in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #2: Fueling the Neurobiology of Attention and Engagement
What Makes Attention and Engagement a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower Tool in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #3: Engaging Emotions and Mindsets: Two Potent Forces
What Makes Emotions and Mindsets a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #4: Collaboration: The Brain-to-Brain Learning Boost
What Makes Collaboration a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #5: Making it Sticky: Boosting Long-term Memory
What Makes Memory a Superpower?

 
Using this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #6: Transformative Questioning
What Makes Questioning a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #7: Transforming Assessments into Learning Opportunities (LOPPS)
What Makes Assessments a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #8: Sparking the Brain’s Creative Forces
What Makes Creativity a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #9: Promoting Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching
What Makes Culturally Responsive Teaching a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Activating Superpower #10: Championing Neurodiversity: Valuing the SMART in Every Student
What Makes Neurodiversity a Superpower?

 
Employing this Superpower in Your Classroom

 
Superpowered Resources

 
 
Conclusion: Claiming your Superpowers

"I have been teaching for 40 years and know that what C. Bobbi Hansen writes about are truly superpowers for a teacher to possess. Teachers will instantly change the success rate in their classrooms if they implement these practices. It offers practical suggestions for increasing student achievement."

Deborah Smith
Instructional Coach, Beaufort Elementary School

"Today’s busy teachers will find this 'lighthearted' format appealing, though it’s packed with practical strategies emanating from a solid research base. When put to use, the ten categories of superpowers is sure to optimize student outcomes across the curriculum and at all grade levels."

Debi Gartland
Professor of Special Education, Towson University

"This book directly applies to the needs of teachers in today’s classrooms. One can instantly apply a few of the strategies recommended instantly in their classroom without requiring hours of preparation, and continue exploring how to build one’s practice as they build familiarity with additional understandings of the superpowers. This book will be a game changer for immediate transformation in a teacher’s classroom."

Ernie Rambo
Education Consultant, Transformative Education Consulting

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ISBN: 9781071904411
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