Learning Styles, Brain Growth, and the Developing Adolescent Education 603 Dr. Edward Williamson Nichole Phillips Summer 2...
What we will learn <ul><li>How to use learning styles to formulate curriculum and the classroom environment </li></ul><ul>...
Topics of Discussion <ul><li>How to evaluate students learning styles and apply information to your teaching </li></ul><ul...
Learning styles:  How your students learn best <ul><li>Know how you learn to help your students know how they learn </li><...
Grapes, Oranges,Bananas,and Melons, Oh My!
How to use quiz results for: Activity grouping, assigning class jobs, developing curriculum, build up strengths and weakne...
Brain development and how it affects the students sitting in your class <ul><li>Pre and early adolescence:  The middle sch...
How to combine learning styles and brain development data in your curriculum <ul><li>Scaffolding activities: KWL, concept ...
Life in the classroom <ul><li>Use of thematic units, resources beyond the textbook, and create engaging lesson plans </li>...
Pathways to success <ul><li>The importance of understanding how your students learn, and how to use personal styles to inc...
Tools for your toolbox <ul><li>Look to the experts:  Using Internet websites famous to your field  facilitates learning </...
References Northey, SS. (2005).  Handbook on  differentiated instruction for middle  and high schools . Larchmont, NY:  Ey...
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The Middle School Brain

  1. 1. Learning Styles, Brain Growth, and the Developing Adolescent Education 603 Dr. Edward Williamson Nichole Phillips Summer 2011
  2. 2. What we will learn <ul><li>How to use learning styles to formulate curriculum and the classroom environment </li></ul><ul><li>How to use information on brain development to better understand your students </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topics of Discussion <ul><li>How to evaluate students learning styles and apply information to your teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Learn what is normal development in your students and use this information to mold your classroom environment </li></ul>
  4. 4. Learning styles: How your students learn best <ul><li>Know how you learn to help your students know how they learn </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of left brain and right brain tendencies </li></ul><ul><li>Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners </li></ul><ul><li>What type of fruit are you? Knowing your style </li></ul>
  5. 5. Grapes, Oranges,Bananas,and Melons, Oh My!
  6. 6. How to use quiz results for: Activity grouping, assigning class jobs, developing curriculum, build up strengths and weaknesses in students, and better understand how your students work in the classroom environment (Northey, 2005) Implications for the classroom
  7. 7. Brain development and how it affects the students sitting in your class <ul><li>Pre and early adolescence: The middle school years, fears, and everything in between </li></ul><ul><li>Facets of physical, social emotional, language, and cognitive development and how they all fit together </li></ul><ul><li>How to use cognitive development to form curriculum </li></ul>(Wood, 2007)
  8. 8. How to combine learning styles and brain development data in your curriculum <ul><li>Scaffolding activities: KWL, concept mapping, graphic organizers, and printable tools for your class </li></ul><ul><li>How to differentiate for different learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>What is reasonable expectations for your students cognitively </li></ul>
  9. 9. Life in the classroom <ul><li>Use of thematic units, resources beyond the textbook, and create engaging lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>How rubrics can guide students to success </li></ul><ul><li>Gauge how your curriculum measures up </li></ul>(Northey, 2005)
  10. 10. Pathways to success <ul><li>The importance of understanding how your students learn, and how to use personal styles to increase academic success, is pivotal </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding cognitive abilities makes expectations reasonable, interactions more enjoyable, and the classroom experience an overall success </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tools for your toolbox <ul><li>Look to the experts: Using Internet websites famous to your field facilitates learning </li></ul><ul><li>Bring business-oriented activities into the classroom like brainstorming, workshops, and the concept of FLOW </li></ul><ul><li>Never be too old to learn new tricks: search for new ways to do your lessons </li></ul>
  12. 12. References Northey, SS. (2005). Handbook on differentiated instruction for middle and high schools . Larchmont, NY: Eye in Education, Inc. Wood, C. (2007). Yardstick:children in the classroom ages 4-14 . Turners Falls, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

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