Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child's Brain Power

Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child's Brain Power

by Marcia L Tate


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Make sure your children grow dendrites!

Award-winning educator Marcia L. Tate provides a research-based road map for raising respectful, responsible children who achieve to their fullest potential. The best-selling author, mother, and grandmother shares brain-compatible strategies for “growing dendrites” and guiding children toward personal, academic, and career success. Her latest book provides parents and caregivers with a wealth of practical tips and tools for:

  • Creating a calm and brain-compatible home environment
  • Incorporating positive physical contact and verbal communication
  • Encouraging play that develops creativity and imagination
  • Strengthening children’s auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual modes of learning

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412988445
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marcia L. Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the De Kalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. Marcia was named Staff Developer of the Year for the state of Georgia, and her department was selected to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently CEO of the consultant firm she shares with her husband, Tyrone, and has presented her workshops to over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and community leaders from all over the United States and the world, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hungary, Oman, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.

She is the author of the following eight bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain (3rd ed.), Sit & Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain (2nd ed.); Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain (2nd ed.); Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones (2nd ed.); and Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power. She is also the author of Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They Are Learning? which won the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Award. Marcia has written a number of published articles and chapters that have been included in other books. Participants in her workshops call them some of the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia models the 20 strategies in her books to actively engage her audiences.

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

Marcia has not only been married to Tyrone for more than 39 years but they are the proud parents of three wonderful children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher. If she had known how wonderful it would be to be a grandmother, Marcia would have had her eight grandchildren, Christian, Aidan, Maxwell, Aaron, Roman, Shiloh, Aya, and Noah, before she had her children. She and her husband own the company, Developing Minds Inc., and can be contacted by calling the company at (770) 918-5039, by e-mailing her at, or by visiting either her business website at or her personal website at Follow Marcia on Twitter and Instagram @drmarciatate.

Table of Contents

Foreword Eric Jensen vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Preparing Children for Success in Life 5

Chapter 1 Develop a Relationship With Your Child 7

Chapter 2 Hug, Rock, and Love Your Child 15

Chapter 3 Surround Your Child With a Calming Environment 21

Chapter 4 Give Your Child a Brain-Healthy Start 31

Chapter 5 Talk To and With Your Child 39

Chapter 6 Read To and With Your Child 45

Chapter 7 Provide Opportunities for Creative Play 51

Chapter 8 Teach Your Child Rules, Rituals, and Responsibility 57

Chapter 9 Accentuate the Positive 63

Chapter 10 Deemphasize the Negative 71

Chapter 11 Identify Chronic Behavior and Mood Disorders 79

Chapter 12 Expect the Best and Visualize Success 91

Part 2 Preparing Children for Success in School 99

Chapter 13 Laugh and Have Fun; It's Good for You and Your Child 103

Chapter 14 Strengthen Your Child's Auditory Mode of Learning 113

Chapter 15 Strengthen Your Child's Visual Mode of Learning 121

Chapter 16 Strengthen Your Child's Kinesthetic Mode of Learning 139

Chapter 17 Strengthen Your Child's Tactile Mode of Learning 147

Chapter 18 Make Memories With Music 153

Chapter 19 Connect Content With Your Child's Life 161

Chapter 20 Partner With Your Child's Teachers 169

Afterword 175

Bibliography 179

Index 185

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