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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
Posted September 14, 2008
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¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.