Becoming a "Wiz" at Brain-Based Teaching: How to Make Every Year Your Best Year / Edition 1

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Overview

This user-friendly guide effectively discusses expert findings about brain growth, structure, and functions to help teachers and administrators foster a love of learning in all students.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780761978619
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/13/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (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

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. The Journey: The Brain Goes to School
Researching
The Outcome
2. Following the Yellow Brick Road: Understanding Brain Structure and Function
Basic Brain Structure
Chemical Messengers
The Road Home
3. If I Only Had the Nerve: Dealing With Stress
The Lion's Not Lying
Giving Them Courage
4. If I Only Had a Heart: Emotional Growth
Heartbreak: The Lack of Social and Emotional Stimulation
Creating Heart: A Look at Emotional Intelligence
Heart-to-Heart
Straight from the Heart: Social and Emotional Growth Strategies
Heartbeat
5. If I Only Had a Brain: Complex Cognitive Skills
Cognitive Skills
Promoting Cognitive Growth
Memory Lanes
Metacognition
The Eight Intelligences
6. Which Witch Is Which? Calming and Controlling the Classroom
My Theory of Negative Replacement
Emotions, Attentions, and Learning
Brain States
Music
The Wicked Witch Is Dead
7. Dorothy: Teaching Different Brains
The Care and Feeding of Dorothy's Brain
Unique Brains, Unique Learners
Making a Difference
8. No Place Like Home: The Learning Environment
What Are Enriched Environments?
Can We Provide an Enriched Environment in the Classroom?
Enrichment and Assessment: Are They Compatible?
Brain-Based Assessment
Home Away From Home
Glossary of Terms
References and Supplementary Reading
Index

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