More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction

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These ready-to-use, brain-friendly strategies, standards-based activities, planning templates, and reproducibles helpteachers boost literacy development and teach with the brain in mind.

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Editorial Reviews

Harry K. Wong
"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you. "
Mary Amato
"This is a helpful, user-friendly book of easy-to-implement reading strategies. The coverage and length are appropriate for the busy classroom teacher. "
Marilee Sprenger
“The book is well-organized and covers important components for reading. This is a major contribution to the recent literature on reading and brain-based teaching.”
Lori Oczkus
"This book belongs on the desk of every teacher who wants to engage and excite students in brain based learning. Kathy Perez is the ultimate cheerleader for teachers and she gives teachers over 100 easy to use tools to help students succeed.”
Rick Morris
"What a great resource! Clear, concise, and current, Perez's book makes effective literacy instruction a reality for teachers everywhere. "
The Bookwatch
"These strategies will provide teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists not only with theory but proven tools that work, making for an important classroom pick. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926935
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 404,509
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Perez, a professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California, has over three decades of teaching experience from the preschool level through graduate school. A frequent presenter and enthusiastic “teacher cheerleader,” she offers guidance to both novice and experienced educators. Perez is an international educational consultant, author, and motivational speaker, specializing in instructional strategies and creative approaches to literacy and professional development. She integrates state-of-the-art methods and research with passion and practical insights from her own classroom experiences.

Perez has taught in many diverse environments, including in Richmond and Oakland, as a general educator, special educator, reading specialist, and curriculum and staff development coordinator. In order to “keep it real,” she balances her college courses and her work as a coordinator for the California Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program by serving as a literacy coach in a San Francisco Bay Area middle school, engaging even the most reluctant learners with brain-friendly techniques.

Perez works with teachers, administrators and parents throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Australia. For the past three years, she has conducted extensive training in Singapore and Hong Kong for the Ministry of Education.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. Brain-Based Literacy Learning - Pieces of the Puzzle
The Research Connection
Reading Comprehension and the Brain
Personal Connections
Reflect to Connect
Slow Down to Go Faster
Different Ways of Knowing - Different Ways of Showing
2. Activate to Educate!
Why Activate?
Prereading Strategies
Anticipation Guide/Prediction Guide
People Bingo
Graphic Organizers
Preview Puzzles
Sticky-Note Discussion/Graffiti Board
Story Impressions
Word Splash
Learning Lineup
Voting With Your Feet
Preview Pairs
Sort and Report
Postcard Connections
3. What Does a Brain-Compatible Classroom Look Like?
Tips for Developing a Brain-Compatible Classroom
Content and Process ( "Gum" and "Chew ")
State Changes
Management Tips
Grouping and Floor Plans
Learning Centers
Sample Centers
Creating Independent Learners
Strategies for Flexible Grouping
Managing for Grouping Accountability
Planning for Grouping
Carousel Cruising
Walk and Talk Tour
Newscast Reporting
Clock Buddies
Grouping "Roundup "
4. Literacy is NOT a Spectator Sport!
Note Taking/ Note Making
Summary Strategies
Picture This: Stretch to Sketch
Rhyme Time
Questioning Strategies
5. Differentiate to Motivate!
Essential Elements of Differentiation
What Is This Thing Called Differentiation?
Pieces of the Puzzle
Managing Your Differentiated Classroom
Ten Things to Try Next Week (To Encourage Independence and Differentiate Instruction)
Lesson Planning for Action
Professor of the Week
"Professor for the Week "
Active Participation Strategies
Give One/ Get One
Save the Last Word for Me!
6. Into, Through, and Beyond Boosters
Developing an Instructional Framework
"Into" Strategies
"Through" Strategies
Coding Strategy
"Beyond" Strategies
Flip Book
"Two Facts and a Fib "
Question Fan
Celebrate a Book
Fishbone Strategy
Question "Connections "

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