Becoming a "Wiz" at Brain-Based Teaching: How to Make Every Year Your Best Year / Edition 2

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With Wizard of Oz metaphors and new graphic organizers, illustrations, and sidebars,this revision helps teachers translate current research on learning, memory, and the brain into effective classroom practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthur Huinker
"I'm impressed with the latest edition. For students thinking of becoming teachers in my educational psychology classes, there is a much more definitive teaching identified for 'brain-based learning,' and an increase in the application of the neuro-scientific approach for the learners to reflect and apply at increased grade levels."
Valerie A. Ubbes
"Marilee Sprenger makes the neuroscience content more accessible to 'newbies.' Students have often told me that the first edition of her book is easy to read."
Kathy Tritz-Rhodes
"The book has plenty of practical, easy-to-employ, and effective ideas supported by research, and the sections are simple, yet powerful. The Wizdom sections really focus on some major ideas."
Library Bookwatch
"An outstanding resource no teachers college or reference library should be without."
Eric Jensen

"An exceptional book—well-researched, highly practical and very in touch with the everyday needs of today’s teacher. In the glut of teaching books out on the market, this one really stands out."

Paul Chance

"Marilee Sprenger does the best job of translating brain research into classroom practice. If you are interested in that topic, hers is the book to read."

Shawn Van Etten

"The reader-friendly flow of this book is in the top 1% of all similar texts that I have read. It provides solid background information with appropriate vignettes to facilitate the personalization of the material—it was a delight to read!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412927956
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/6/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilee Sprenger is an adjunct professor at Aurora University, where she teaches graduate courses on brain-based teaching, learning and memory, and differentiation. A creative and compassionate educator, she began her career teaching prekindergarten and kindergarten. She has also taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level. As an independent consultant, her passion is brain-based teaching and best practices using brain research and differentiation. She also consults in the areas of learning styles, using music in the classroom, teaming, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, and memory. As an educational consultant with Two Rivers Professional Development Center, she worked for the Illinois Regional Offices of Education in the area of staff development associated with learning standards and testing. She speaks internationally, and her interactive and engaging style allows participants to make connections with their classrooms and their students. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology and is constantly updated on current research. Sprenger is the author of several books, including Memory 101 for Educators and Becoming a Wiz at Brain-Based Teaching, Second Edition, published by Corwin Press. She has contributed to textbooks, and her articles have appeared in publications such as Educational Leadership and the ASCD Brain-based Education/Learning Styles Networker. Her dedication to education has won her many awards, but she cherishes most the wonderful students and teachers whose lives have touched hers.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. The Journey: The Brain Goes to School
The Questions and the Research
Connecting the Information
2. Building the Yellow Brick Road: Understanding How the Brain Develops and Functions
Basic Brain Structure
The Building Blocks
The Yellow Brick Road Is Paved With Messengers
We're Off to Be the Wizard
3. No Place Like Home
An Emotional Learning Environment
What Are Enriched Environments?
Can We Provide an Enriched Environment in the Classroom?
An Environment Where Assessment Is Enrichment
Brain-Based Assessment
Home Sweet Home
4. If I Only Had the Nerve: Dealing With Stress
The Sympathetic Nervous System
Looking for Balance: The Parasympathetic Nervous System
Giving Them Courage
5. If I Only Had a Heart: Emotional Growth
Heartbreak: The Lack of Social and Emotional Stimulation
Creating Heart: A Look at Emotional Intelligence
Straight From the Heart: Social and Emotional Intelligence Strategies
You Gotta Have Heart, But What About Guts?
6. If I Only Had a Brain: From Sensory Input to Higher Levels of Thinking
Cognitive Skills
Promoting Cognitive Growth
The Eight Intelligences
Brains, Bloom, Intelligence, and Style
Learning Profiles
7. If I Only Had a Memory: Improving Memory to Raise Student Achievement
Memory Development
Memory Principles
Explicit and Implicit Memory
Memory Lanes = Memory Systems
Step by Step; System by System
Kansas Is Right Down Memory Lane
8. The Wicked Witch: What Is She So Upset About? Calming and Controlling the Classroom
My Theory of Negative Replacement
Emotions, Attention, and Learning
Brain States
Managing Movement
The Wicked Witch Is Dead
9. Dorothy: Every Brain Is Unique
The Care and Feeding of Dorothy's Brain
Sleep and the Brain
Unique Brains, Unique Learners
Making a Difference
10. Leaving the Land of Oz: With Courage, Passion, and Brains
Glossary of Terms
References and Supplementary Reading

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