Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain

Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain

by Marcia L. Tate, Warren G. Phillips
     
 

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A brain-friendly guide for motivating students to live, eat, and breathe science!

The authors outline 20 proven brain-compatible strategies, rationales from experts to support their effectiveness, and more than 250 activities for incorporating them. Teachers will find concrete ways to engage students in science with visual, auditory

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A brain-friendly guide for motivating students to live, eat, and breathe science!

The authors outline 20 proven brain-compatible strategies, rationales from experts to support their effectiveness, and more than 250 activities for incorporating them. Teachers will find concrete ways to engage students in science with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including:

  • Music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap
  • Storytelling and humor
  • Graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs
  • Manipulatives, experiments, labs, and models
  • Internet projects

Editorial Reviews

Emily Nedderson
“Tate and Phillips provide research-based strategies that will shape your students’
learning. From music to graphics to technology, they show educators how to incorporate methods that will excite students and make science memorable.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452238449
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

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Emily Nedderson
Tate and Phillips provide research-based strategies that will shape your students’
learning. From music to graphics to technology, they show educators how to incorporate methods that will excite students and make science memorable.

Meet the Author

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia and has been presenting to adult audiences for more than 25 years. During her 30-year career with the school district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the Distinguished Staff Development Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 400,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the following seven bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones; Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; and Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; as well as Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain. Participants in her workshops refer to them as “some of the best ones they have ever experienced” since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and is the doting grandmother of two granddaughters, Christian and Aidan Brooke, and three grandsons, Maxwell Connor, Aaron Bryan, and Roman Alexander.

 


Warren Phillips has taught science for 35 years for the Plymouth Public Schools in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Phillips recorded and produced three CD’s of Science Songs entitled Sing-A-Long Science teaching the science standards. From these songs, he developed a musical entitled The Science Secret.

His creative teaching strategies earned him a Disney Award in 2004. From 39 Disney teachers nationwide, Warren was selected as the Disney Middle School Teacher of The Year. He was a guest on the Tony Danza Show in Fall 2004. In 2005, Phillips was selected as a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He was selected as national winner of the Time/Chevrolet Teacher of the Year in 2002 and the USA Today All-USA Teaching Team in 2006. Bridgewater State University featured him in a commercial in 2007.

His essay about teaching is featured in the NSTA monograph entitled Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories. He is co-author with Marcia Tate in a brain-based book about teaching strategies entitled Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites. He is also a contributor to a collection of inspirational stories entitled Today I Made A Difference.

Currently, Phillips travels around the country doing keynote speeches and teacher professional development for Developing Minds,inc., Blue Ribbon Schools Of Excellence, etc. He is a contributing writer for the Prentice-Hall Science Explorer series and has written curriculum for Northeastern University’s Project SEED and the Plymouth Public Schools science curriculum. He’s also been a certified teacher for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). He received an Earthwatch fellowship to study elephant behavior at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Phillips has a B.A. in Earth Sciences, an M.A.T. in Teaching Physical Sciences and an M. ED. in Instructional Technology from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass.

Warren was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas in 2010. See his web page at: http://www.wphillips.com/

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