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Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
Brain Compatible Learning
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  • 1. Brain Compatible Learning But, haven’t we always learned with our brains? Wendy Drexler August 16, 2006
  • 2. The McGurk Effect <ul><li>http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~rosenblu/VSMcGurk.html# </li></ul><ul><li>What does this say about how our senses perceive our world? </li></ul>
  • 3. Focus on these words <ul><li>dream </li></ul><ul><li>snooze </li></ul><ul><li>tired </li></ul><ul><li>weary </li></ul><ul><li>awake </li></ul><ul><li>bed </li></ul><ul><li>pillow </li></ul><ul><li>nightmare </li></ul><ul><li>blanket </li></ul><ul><li>cozy </li></ul><ul><li>meditate </li></ul><ul><li>yawn </li></ul><ul><li>alert </li></ul><ul><li>calm </li></ul><ul><li>quiet </li></ul>
  • 4. Patterns and Groupings <ul><li>Graphic organizers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Venn Diagram </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KWL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mind mapping (Kidspiration and Inspiration) </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Principles Emerging from Current Brain Research <ul><li>The brain is remarkably plastic over a lifetime. Learning changes the brain. </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful learning is prompted when all five senses are engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate time is needed for each phase of information processing. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is developmental. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional well-being is essential to intellectual functioning. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marchese 2002 </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Differentiate Instruction <ul><li>More specifically… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure the differentiated instruction to maximize brain compatible strategies. </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Toolkit of Brain Compatible Strategies <ul><li>Active Rehearsal strategies are good for long term memory retention. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active review of learned materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands on learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mnemonics and memory tricks do help improve memory. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Intelligences, learning styles, left/right brain…everyone learns differently. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing can serve as a tool for refining thinking. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wolfe, 2001 </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Brain Targeted Teaching Model <ul><li>Dr. Mariale M. Hartman </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Johns Hopkins University - Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. braintargetedteaching .org/ </li></ul>
  • 9. Emotional Climate <ul><li>Limbic system (emotional center above brain stem) processes information first </li></ul><ul><li>Threats impede learning </li></ul><ul><li>Positive emotional experiences actual enhance long term memory </li></ul><ul><li>Visual and performing arts - one way to tap into emotional center </li></ul>
  • 10. Physical Environment <ul><li>Novelty </li></ul><ul><li>Eyes register 36,000 visual images per hour </li></ul><ul><li>Sound, lighting, scent </li></ul><ul><li>Smells register directly in the limbic system </li></ul>
  • 11. Learning Design <ul><li>Present the big picture first </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual understanding leads to better understanding of details </li></ul><ul><li>Concept maps </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic organizers </li></ul>
  • 12. Teaching for Mastery <ul><li>Plan multiple activities to activate the brain’s memory system </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repeated rehearsal, integration of the arts, multiple intelligences </li></ul>
  • 13. Teaching for Application <ul><li>Higher order thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Problem based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Performance-based activities </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations, experiments </li></ul>
  • 14. Evaluating Learning <ul><li>Immediate feedback strengthens learning and memory </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to selected response tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Checklists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Brain Compatible Writing <ul><li>Color Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>3-2-1 Blast Off </li></ul><ul><li>Race with Grace </li></ul>

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