Fierce Teaching: Purpose, Passion, and What Matters Most

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Achieve consistent, positive teaching results using these brain-compatible methods that are readily adaptable to individual learning styles, aligned with current research, and applicable to all grade levels.

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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Alexander-Davis
“The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn to their maximum potential.”
Beverly Ginther
“Teachers will benefit greatly from Jensen's knowledge and understanding of many complex topics.”
Lori Grossman
“This book deals with a stimulating topicfor educators and is simpleto understand.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412963299
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jensen is a former teacher and current member of the Society for Neuroscience and New York Academy of Sciences. He has taught at all levels, from elementary through university level and is currently completing his Ph D in human development. In 1981, Jensen cofounded Super Camp, the nation’s first and largest brain-compatible learning program, now with over 50,000 graduates. He has since written Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Brain-Based Learning, Deeper Learning, Arts with the Brain in Mind, Enriching the Brain, and 21 other books on learning and the brain. A leader in the brain-based movement, Jensen has made over 45 visits to neuroscience labs and interacts with countless neuroscientists. He was the founder of the Learning Brain EXPO and has trained educators and trainers for 25 years worldwide in this field. He is deeply committed to making a positive, significant, lasting difference in the way we learn.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Strategy Number 1. Body and Emotional Connections Made
Body-Mind Emotional Engagement
Five Key Emotional States
Strategy Number 2. Feedback and Error Correction
The Importance of Feedback
A Case for Feedback Styles
Using Feedback Types
What Makes Feedback Work So Well?
Feedback Should Be Reliable
Strategy Number 3. Input-to-Output Ratio
Who's Doing the Learning?
The Truth About Time in Learning
Mastery of Material Through Time
The Brain's Perspective on Learning
Working Memory
Consolidating the Learning
Hippocampus Overload
Cortical Limitations
How Does the Need for Time Translate Into the School Day?
The Importance of Rest Time
Strategy Number 4. Elaboration for Depth
What Is Elaboration?
Preparation for Elaborative Learning
Elaboration Categories
The "How-to" of Elaboration
Five Elaboration Strategies
Elaboration Alternatives
Strategy Number 5. Recall and Memory Management
What Makes Purposeful Memory Encoding So Good?
Seven Approaches for Repetition to Get Memories Encoded
Prior Knowledge Activation
Guided Practice
Revision With Links
Strategy Number 6. Content Coherence
What Is Coherence?
Texts With Coherence
Teaching for Coherence
Increasing Key Structural Knowledge
Experiential Learning
Semantic Support
The Use of Models
S-U-P-E-D Up Learning
Sleeping on It
Strategy Number 7. Environmental Management
The Four Environmental Domains
Physical Environments
How Do Environments Affect Us?
Indoor Air Quality
Acoustic Quality
Classroon Lighting
Classroom Temperature
The Social Environment
Social Influences on Our Brains, Bodies, and Lives
Positive Social Structures Work Miracles
Independent Learners
Classroom Dialogues to Build Social Structures
Social Status Strategies in Motion
Academic Climate Management
The Five Success Factors
Celebrate and Affirm the Learning
Life-Path Guidance
The Use of Traditions
Instructional Variety
Student Asset Building
Managing the Cultural Environment
The Culture of "Success" Is All About Achievement
The Counterculture of Success Is That of Disengagement From the System
The School Culture of Character Values Such as Responsibility, Honesty, and Fairness
The Counterculture to Character Is Rebellion
The Culture of Being Respected and Being Somebody
The Counterculture Exists Where Students Disrespect Others
Building Positive Cultures

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