April 9, 2009 Edutopia webinar: "How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick"
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April 9, 2009 Edutopia webinar: "How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick"

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Host: Grace Rubenstein, staff writer and multimedia producer, Edutopia...

Host: Grace Rubenstein, staff writer and multimedia producer, Edutopia

Presenter: Judy Willis, middle school teacher and neurologist and authority on learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research

Neuroscience is a complex field that educators don't often turn to for inspiration, but knowing a few basic concepts can help you plan teaching strategies that will prompt your students to be more receptive to learning. Find out how introducing a few simple techniques to your craft -- and increasing some of those you may already employ -- can encourage productive learning and actually change brain chemistry, increasing children's ability to learn (and retain) new skills and information.

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April 9, 2009 Edutopia webinar: "How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick" April 9, 2009 Edutopia webinar: "How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick" Presentation Transcript

  • How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick 1 Webinar ID: 142-908-197 / Dial-in: (312) 878-0211/ Code: 556-344-107 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG
  • Webinar Protocols Audio Listen online, or dial in: (312) 878-0211; code: 556-344-107. Attendees are muted. Useful Information Webinar ID: 142-908-197. Q&A Use the Questions panel to submit questions. Recordings Recordings of the webinar will be emailed to all attendees. Problems? Call 1 (800) 263-6317 (U.S. & Canada). Email gotowebinar@citrixonline.com. THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 2
  • How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick 3 Webinar ID: 142-908-197 / Dial-in: (312) 878-0211/ Code: 556-344-107 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG View slide
  • Dr. Judy Willis middle school teacher, neurologist, and authority on learning-centered brain research of Milton THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 4 View slide
  • Influencing the Brain’s Structure and Function What information gets into students’ brains, and where it goes Encourage productive response to learning: reflective, not reactive Increasing students' ability to learn (and retain) new skills and information THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 5
  • Prefrontal cortex 6 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 6
  • 7 Pathway to Conscious Thinking in the Prefrontal Cortex THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | 7 WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG
  • To get to the conscious, reflective, thinking brain, sensory input must first be unconsciously 8 be “selected.” THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 8
  • 9 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 9
  • QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. 10 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 10
  • Survival First. Reduce Stress: Input can go through the RAS to the reflective brain. THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 11
  • RA RAS Interventions Stability and Familiarity Then stimulate Curiosity with Change, Novelty, & SuRPrise! S 12 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 12
  • 13 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 13
  • “The force will be with you.” 14 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 14
  • QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. 15 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 15
  • 16 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 16
  • QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. 17 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 17
  • AMYGDALA 18 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 18
  • !mygdal" #mo$onal Fil%r and Conduc&' Stressed state: input directed to reactive brain = fight/flight/freeze Relaxed, alert state: input goes to reflective brain 19 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 19
  • 20 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 20
  • AMYGDALA Responds to: interest, relevance, pleasure Classroom strategies: advertising, HERE/ME/NOW, personalization, multisensory THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 21
  • 22 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 22
  • A: POSITIVE EMOTIONAL STATE – OPENS AMYGDALA TO PFC = BETTER MEMORY RETENTION B: STRESSED STATE – NO PASSAGE TO PFC = LESS SHORT-TERM & LONG-TERM MEMORY Adapted from Hamman, et al., Cognitive Neuroscience 23 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 23
  • QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. 24 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 24
  • 25 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 25
  • PERSONALIZE EVERY 10 MINUTES Pause for destressing (boredom/frustration) with help, encouragement, or enrichment THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 26
  • STRATEGY TO DECREASE STRESS THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG
  • PERSONALIZATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 28
  • PERSONALIZATION strategy KID WATCHING Student: Mark Sport: Soccer Favorite food: Pizza Dog: Rex THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 29
  • SYN-NAPS BALL TOSS REVIEW THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 30
  • The amazing do-it-yourself brain surgery of 31 NEUROPLASTICITY THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 31
  • 32 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 32
  • STRATEGY ANALOGIES WITH SOMETHING STUDENT PICKS FROM BAG OF SURPRISE ITEMS “MY BRAIN IS LIKE THIS LITTLE TREE, IT GROWS MORE BRANCHES WHEN I CONNECT NEW IDEAS TO THINGS I ALREADY KNOW.” 33 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 33
  • Thank you for sharing your time with me — and for caring about the students you teach. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead 34 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 34
  • Q&A Please use the Questions pane on the right to submit any questions you may have. We will choose the most common questions to address. For all unanswered questions, we encourage you to continue the discussion online at edutopia.org/webinar- discussion-april-2009. THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 35
  • Contact Information To contact or find out more about Dr. Judy Willis, visit RADTeach.com For articles, book chapters, and upcoming presentations To continue the discussion online, visit edutopia.org/webinar-discussion-april-2009 THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 36
  • Thank You for Attending Let us know what you think by filling out the survey. If you know other educators who would like to be a part of Edutopia, refer them to edutopia.org/join. Stay tuned for our upcoming webinar in June about the Digital Generation. THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION | | THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WHAT WORKS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION| | EDUTOPIA.ORG EDUTOPIA.ORG 37