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Brain Based Teaching


Brain Based Teaching

A group of educators interested in maximizing student potential through the use of brain-based teaching techniques. Teach to the way the brain learns best!

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Google collaborative maps

Started by 7mrsjames Feb 27, 2012. 0 Replies

Hello fellow educators!  If you could spare a few minutes for our Food technology class- we are studying the changes in Food habits over the last 200 yrs of Australian history. If u have a google…Continue

Tags: map, Collaborative, Australia, foods, Staple

Teaching Metacognition: Be a guide on the side...

Started by Diane Dahl. Last reply by Maria R. Diaz Nov 19, 2011. 4 Replies

In her book, Wiring the Brain to Read: Higher-Order Thinking for Reading (2010, p. 9), Dr. Donna Wilson says, "While some teachers may see their role as the 'sage on the stage,' teaching students to…Continue

Tags: metacognition

Increase Study Skills and Test Performance through Predictions

Started by Diane Dahl Apr 17, 2011. 0 Replies

Making predictions utilizes the higher-order thinking skills of our frontal lobes.  Teach students the metacognitive power of predictions to ensure interest, motivation, as well as current and future…Continue

What does the research say?

Started by David Wees. Last reply by Sue Hellman Apr 2, 2011. 3 Replies

I'd love to know more about what the research says on how the brain works when learning is happening. I've been using some simple examples with my students that I know, and I'm finding it really…Continue

Tags: research

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Comment by Diane Dahl on February 12, 2011 at 10:15am

I created a poster to help my students remember their reading strategies. 

Reading Strategy Poster

Comment by Diane Dahl on January 23, 2011 at 12:14am

Hello newest members!  Welcome to our corner of the pln.  It's so nice to be able to collaborate with like minded teachers.

I'm trying to think of a hashtag for brain-based teaching.  #bbteach or #brainteach or...any ideas?

Comment by Angie Rumsey on January 12, 2011 at 6:43pm
I am a 3rd Grade teacher. My partner teacher and I focus on meta-cognition, reading strategies and letting kids select and read their own choices. We also have our students generate their own spelling lists based on words they mis-spell in their writing. I want to learn more about brain based learning!
Comment by Diane Dahl on January 12, 2011 at 6:36pm
I love your Teacher Resources Nancy.  Great information there!  Thank you so much for sharing it.
Comment by Diane Dahl on January 11, 2011 at 10:15pm

Hi Nancy,

Welcome to the group!  It is so nice to meet other educators with the same passions.  What is your class website?

Comment by Diane Dahl on December 29, 2010 at 11:00am
Let's be sure to encourage students to exercise both brains and body this year.  If they ask for brain exercise equipment... hand over a good book!
Comment by Diane Dahl on December 21, 2010 at 8:32pm

Hi Paula,

I'm a second grade teacher.  I'm using the techniques with my entire class, but I'm doing additional work with three struggling readers.  I'm seeing gains in all three, although one I would still like to see greater gains.  Their spelling grades have increased as well. 

It's exciting to be learning and trying all these techniques!  What book did you order?  My favorite so far is "Building the Reading Brain: PreK-3" by Nevills and Wolfe.

What grade do you teach?

Comment by Paula Lee Bright on December 21, 2010 at 1:42pm

Diane, I'm really excited about this idea! What grade do you teach? Do you know of any reading teachers who are currently using this info with struggling readers in particular? Ordered a book...can't wait to read it! More to come.
Thanks so much for waking me up to the concept. I've heard about it, read about it a bit—but never really 'listened" well enough until now! Guess it was a brain thanggg.... ;)

Comment by Diane Dahl on December 21, 2010 at 11:53am

I'm thrilled to have you as part of this group Penny.  Thank you for joining.  I really believe that utilizing brain research in education is the answer to most of our educational problems.  Let's spread the word!

Comment by Penny BIngham on December 20, 2010 at 10:41pm
Thank you for starting this group, Diane. Brain research has got to be the way of the future for learning and teaching but the rate of progress in neuroscience far outstrips the rate of progress in education. I am looking forward to being actively involved with a group of educators committed to moving education in this exciting new direction.

Two researchers I found very significant when undertaking my M.Ed studies were Prof Usha Goswami - Faculty of Ed,. Cambridge and Prof Susan Greenfield - Prof of Synaptic Pharmacology, Oxford.

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