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Everyone agrees that what we do in schools should be based on what we know about how the brain learns. Until recently, however, we have had few clues to unlock the secrets of the brain. Now, research from the neurosciences has greatly improved our understanding of the learning process, and we have a much more solid foundation on which to base educational decisions.
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Patricia Wolfe clarifies how we can effectively match teaching practice with brain functioning. Encompassing the most recent and relevant research and knowledge, this edition also includes three entirely new chapters that examine brain development from birth through adolescence and identify the impact of exercise, sleep, nutrition, and technology on the brain.
Brain Matters begins with a "mini-textbook" on brain anatomy and physiology, bringing the biology of the brain into context with teaching and learning. Wolfe describes how the brain encodes, manipulates, and stores information, and she proposes implications that recent research has for practice—why meaning is essential for attention, how emotion can enhance or impede learning, and how different types of rehearsal are necessary for different types of learning.
Finally, Wolfe introduces and examines practical classroom applications and brain-compatible teaching strategies that take advantage of simulations, projects, problem-based learning, graphic organizers, music, active engagement, and mnemonics. These strategies are accompanied by actual classroom scenarios—spanning the content areas and grade levels from lower elementary to high school—that help teachers connect theory with practice.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: The Structure and Function of the Human Brain
Chapter 1: Opening the Black Box of the Brain
Chapter 2: Brain Anatomy—A Short Course: Neurons and Subcortical Structures
Chapter 3: Brain Anatomy—A Short Course: The Cortex
Chapter 4: How Neurons Communicate
Part II: Brain Development from Birth through Adolescence
Chapter 5: The Early and Middle Years
Chapter 6: The Adolescent Brain: A Work in Progress
Chapter 7: The Role of Exercise, Sleep, Nutrition, and Technology
Part III: From Sensory Input to Information Storage
Chapter 8: Sensory Memory: Getting Information into the Brain
Chapter 9: Working Memory: The Conscious Processing of Information
Chapter 10: Long-Term Memory: The Brain's Storage System
Part IV: Matching Instruction to How the Brain Learns Best
Chapter 11: Making Curriculum Meaningful Through Problems, Projects, and Simulations
Chapter 12: Using the Visual and Auditory Senses to Enhance Learning
Chapter 13: A Toolkit of Brain-Compatible Strategies
Chapter 14: A Final Note on Brain-Compatible Teaching and Learning
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