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Implications for Brain Research in Education

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A presentation on brain reserach and how it can be used by teachers to imporove teaching

A presentation on brain reserach and how it can be used by teachers to imporove teaching

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  • Learning is the act of making and strengthening connections and memory is the ability to reactivate a connection made earlier

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  • 1. Brain Research:History, Current Findings, and Implications
    Anthony Pachelli
    Walden University
    EDUC 6651
    Teacher Leadership in the Classroom
    Sherry Pattison
    November 14, 2010
  • 2. Introduction
    The brain and everything that is known about the brain has changed immensely over time. Research continues unveil new findings that can be useful for teachers to enhance their teaching and allow students to gain larger amounts of knowledge than ever before
  • 3. Agenda
    This presentation will cover the following topics:
    History of brain research
    Current findings on brain research
    How to implement research into the classroom
    Types of memory
    Next steps
    Image from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 4. Partner Discussion
    Find a partner in the room that teaches a different grade than you do and discuss what you know about how the brain learns and brain research
    Images from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 5. History of Brain Research
    • Learning is a social and cultural process
    (Laureate Education Inc. 2008c)
  • 6. Major Contributor
    Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences
    “taught educators around the globe to understand the actual connections that the brain has with learning. (Connell, 2009, p. 28)”
    Image from http://www.new-oceans.co.uk
  • 7. Current research on the brain
    Brain research can facilitate a shift from teaching to learning
    Four parts of the brain
    The brain learns from experience
    The brain seeks meaningful patterns
    Emotions affect students learning
    The brain does many things at once
    (Laureate Education Inc. 2008c), (Canie, 1990)
  • 8. Teaching vs. Learning
    Teaching
    Lecturing students
    Rote memorization
    Copying notes
    Completing worksheets
    Encouraging Learning
    Creating meaningful experiences
    Discovering new knowledge
    Guiding students through a journey of the mind
    Images from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 9. Parts of the Brain
    The brain has four major lobes:
    Occipital Lobe
    Vision
    Temporal Lobes
    Hearing
    Frontal Lobes
    Higher Order Thinking
    Parietal Lobe
    Image Sensory data
    Motor Cortex (not major lobe)
    Controls all Movement
    (Laureate Education Inc. 2008c), Images from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 10. Activity Time
    With a small group of people try to think of an activity or something you do regularly that only requires one lobe of the brain and then think of something that uses all four lobes.
    Image from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 11. Implications for Teaching
    The brain is good at remembering things it has experienced
    Allow students to experience the content
    Create connections between different parts of the brain
    Use student’s prior knowledge
    Relate content to students lives
    (Laureate Education Inc. 2008a)
  • 12. Creating experiences
    Ideas for creating student experiences include:
    Engage in investigations
    Use primary sources
    Hands-on activities
    Use technology for a creative process
    Use students emotions to enhance lessons
    (Laureate Education Inc. 2008a), (Leu, Leu, & Coiro, 2004, p. 32), Image from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 13. Multiple types of Memory
    Spatial Memory
    Builds relationships between facts, events and experiences
    Taxon Memory
    Remembering a fact or process
    Episodic memory
    Remember events
  • 14. Classroom application activity
    Individually write the importance of developing multiple different forms of memory within daily lessons.
  • 15. Next Steps
    To extend what you have learned from this presentation begin by thinking what you can begin doing now with your current unit of study that can enhance student understanding but using your new knowledge of the brain
    Consult additional sources for more information and stay constant on new findings
    Images from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 16. Conclusion
    Developing lessons that incorporates brain research will not only help students learn more but it will help students to be more engaged, make student’s education more meaningful, create lifelong learners, and enhance the quality of education for all students. Start talking with your colleagues about what you can to do to use this information
    Images from Microsoft Clip Art
  • 17. Bibliography
    Canie, R. N. (1990). Understanding a brain-based approach to learning and teaching. National Educational Service, 66-70. Retrieved from http://www.ebscohost.com
    Connell, D. (2009, Fall). The global aspects of brain-based learning. Educational Horizons, 88(1), 28-39. Retrieved from http://www.ebscohost.com
    Laureate Education, Inc., (Executive Producer). (2008a). Program four: Brain Research and Learning. [Motion Picture]. Teacher leadership in the classroom: Increasing learning and achievement. Baltimore: Author.
    Laureate Education, Inc., (Executive Producer). (2008b). Program one: The Relationship between Teaching and Learning. [Motion Picture]. Teacher leadership in the classroom: Increasing learning and achievement. Baltimore: Author.
  • 18. Bibliography
    Laureate Education, Inc., (Executive Producer). (2008c). Program three: Understanding the brain. [Motion Picture]. Teacher leadership in the classroom: Increasing learning and achievement. Baltimore: Author.
    Leu, D. J., Leu, D. D., & Coiro, J. (2004). Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times (4th ed.). Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc.