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Make learning an unforgettable experience for you and your students with brain-compatible strategies!
The second edition of the bestseller offers 20 field-tested, brain-compatible instructional strategies that maximize memory, engagement, and learning for every student. The book is revised throughout with a new lesson plan format, plus updated research, new strategies, and stories. Each strategy includes an overview of brain research and learning style theory, sample classroom activities, and space to brainstorm ideas for classroom application. Teachers will learn about:
Using graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs
Engaging students through music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap
Reciprocal teaching and cooperative learning
Implementing project-based and problem-based instruction
Leading students through visualization and guided imagery exercises
"Turn the page and begin your journey down a path that may help revolutionize your instructional practices or that may support the effectiveness of the practices that you are currently using. At any rate, in many classrooms the fun has gone out of teaching and learning. Put it back while simultaneously growing dendrites! "
"When teachers in all schools integrate Tate's 20 instructional strategies into classroom instruction, school will become a place where all children can experience success regardless of their learning style. "
"The book is highly readable with practical applications that will appeal to all educators, especially those interested in current brain research and differentiation. "
Donna Walker Tileston
"The book's contribution to the field is not that the strategies presented are new, but that they are all found in one book and with ideas across grade levels. It is done concisely and with enough information to help even the novice. "
"Tate has excellent ideas to get students motivated to learn—and they work! The tactics are fun, simple, and make teaching much easier. I'm anxious to use even more ofthese strategies with my freshmen and sophomores. "
Marcia L. Tate, Ed D, is the former executive director of professional development for the De Kalb 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.