Teaching Smarter With the Brain in Mind: Practical Ways to Apply the Latest Brain Research to Deepen Comprehension, Improve Memory, and Motivate Students to Achieve

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Did you know that playing music at key points during instruction can help "tag" information in the brain and boost recall? Or that when we help students activate prior knowledge to introduce a new idea, we are encouraging new brain cells to connect with old ones in a way that primes the brain to learn more? In this book, Sarah Armstrong, a brain-based learning expert, reveals how we can use best-practice strategies like these to engage students in learning from a physiological perspective-and teach in a way that literally lights up students' brains with activity.

Presenting dozens of practices that you can easily incorporate into your lessons, along with accessible brain research to back them up, Armstrong shows how to help students think more creatively, absorb information quickly, and produce better work. She assures us that making our teaching more effective doesn't take harder work, it takes smarter work that incorporates what we know about learning and the brain.

Armstrong provides practical support in these areas: tapping different memory systems to help students commit key learning to their long-term memories, structuring lessons appropriately using brain-based guidelines for attention span, mental capacity, and social needs, selecting presentation and interactive learning strategies that ensure students are fully engaged in instruction, integrating movement, visual prompts, music, and social interaction in ways that spark learning.

About the Author:
Sarah Armstrong, a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and principal, now trains educators across the nation. Armstrong conducts workshops at national and state conferences and works regularly withteachers in grades K-12, as well as with novice and aspiring school administrators who want to develop brain-compatible programs in their schools. In addition, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for several universities, embedding brain research in classes on curriculum and instruction, assessment, and risk and resiliency

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545021203
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 351,893
  • Age range: 3 months
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Teaching Smarter: Moving From Good to Great Instruction     4
Activating the Learning Brain: Using Memory Systems to Get to Mastery     13
Designer's Challenge: Lesson Design, That Is!     28
Saying It with Pictures: Improving Recall Using Nonverbal Memory Systems     46
Higher-Order Thinking: Make Students Do the Work!     65
Energizing the Brain: Movement, Music, and Social Interactions     90
Conclusion: Putting Brain-Compatible Instruction Into Practice     112
References     121
Appendix     124
Index     128
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Bold and Bright-┬┐Teaching Smarter┬┐ is an Incredibly Great Book!

    There is only one word for ¿Teaching Smarter with the brain in Focus¿ ¿Amazing! Her chapter on Lesson Design is worth the price of the book alone. Easy to read, well-illustrated and helpful to use, Scholastic has provided another winner. Dr. Sarah Armstrong uses many great real life examples from classrooms and schools she has obviously ¿been there and done that¿ which makes her advice so much more relevant. She encourages thinking in the classroom and avoids ¿Telling the information¿. This is a very thought provoking topic in this age of ¿teach the test¿. Sarah introduces active engagement/involvement through role-play, simulation, music, visual arts, etc and explains how these techniques can help the brain become better at learning. I especially liked the different memory systems. I have started to use several of them myself to help my long-term memories. I occasionally teach adult education classes and I will use Sarah¿s innovative book for future lessons! Sarah Armstrong has a real winner here for helping educators and teachers develop thinkers. Whether you are a first year teacher or a senior educator, ¿Teaching Smarter with the Brain in Focus¿ can help you in every aspect of teaching. It is a ¿Must Have¿ for discerning teachers! Sam Hendricks, author of ¿Fantasy Football Guidebook¿

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