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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

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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

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Comment by Diane Dahl on December 11, 2010 at 1:12pm

Signed up to present about brain based teaching at #edcampplano in TX, May 14, 2011.  Anyone else going?


Comment by Diane Dahl on December 10, 2010 at 7:38am

Wonderful!  Let me know now it goes.  :)

Comment by Irene Farmer on December 9, 2010 at 7:27pm

LOVE your post Diane!  I teach a class of 20 struggling readers in first grade.  Great brain based suggestions!  I am going to incorporate the re-reading strategy firs thing tomorrow.  Short, easy, and effective.  Love it!

Comment by Diane Dahl on December 9, 2010 at 2:14pm
Comment by Christal Thompson on December 8, 2010 at 2:08am
Interestingly she could only hand-write the test (her teacher wouldn't let her type it). She told me she would think of the positions of her fingers on the keys.

This student also told other students who were having trouble with spelling tests - and typing helped them too.

Comment by Diane Dahl on December 7, 2010 at 6:36pm
Neuroplasticity: Learning Physically Changes the Brain | Edutopia
Neurologist and educator Judy Willis says, "Especially for students who believe they are 'not smart,' the realization that they can literally change their brains through study and review is empowering."
Comment by Diane Dahl on December 7, 2010 at 8:29am
Wonderful article:
Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia
Comment by Diane Dahl on December 6, 2010 at 3:43pm
That is very interesting. Did she also type during the test or hand write it?
Comment by Christal Thompson on December 5, 2010 at 7:51pm
Hello Diane,
One of my favorite textbooks in my M.Ed. program was by Eric Jensen - Teaching With the Brain in Mind.

Although this is anecdotal - about 6 years ago I had an 8th grade (smart) student ask me what she could do to perform better on her spelling tests. (I taught Adv. Alg I and Computers at the time). I had just read a study about making more brain connections for memory retention and I suggested that she type her spelling list. (We taught touch-typing ... where the students know where all the keys are without looking at the keyboard). She went from failing the spelling tests to getting As on them consistently. And she only typed each of the lists once. This really got me started thinking in this area.

Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on December 5, 2010 at 11:18am
I looked back in my emails the webinar was in July. I don't have the link but I believe I have a copy of the slide presentation on my school computer. If you DM an email address I will try to send it to you tomorrow ( if I can find it )

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