Informed by the latest research from behaviorists, neuroscientists, and cognitive researchers, this flexible guide provides fun, yet effective techniques for introducing brain-compatible learning in the Ku12 classroom and helps develop educators' understanding of how the brain, mind, and body function in the learning process. Based on a holistic brain-compatible model developed by the author, this resource not only demonstrates why brain-friendly learning is effective, it also strengthens teachers' instructional skills, reduces behavioral distractions in the classroom, and improves academic performance. Teachers can access 40 engaging tools to improve learning and test results across a broad range of skills and select from a series of practical techniques to use every week of the school year. Each of four sections includes ten class-tested tools with handy tips for use in a variety of classroom environments and for a wide range of student needs and experiences. A Brain-based Review in each section encourages the reader to critically reflect upon the tools to evaluate what works, what doesnAEt, and where to make changes. With stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs for inspiration, plus strategies, stories, songs, and poems woven throughout the text, this is an ideal book for any educator looking for fresh ways to encourage each and every child to succeed.
Michael A. Scaddan is an international educational consultant who works in the USA, Australasia, Asia, and Europe. He is the author of 40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom as well as 24 training manuals and 3 educational DVDs. He has a background in elementary and adult teaching as well as being a highly successful principal and was recently selected as patron for The Hungarian Brain Based Institute. As a school principal, he continued to be a practical, hands-on educator, teaching all levels of children through an innovative Learn to Learn program. This enabled him to develop hundreds of useful and practical classroom tips as well as fine-tune successful schoolwide techniques that are now passed on to fellow educators. Always looking for a better way, he has extensive training in brain-compatible learning, completing an MEd in accelerated learning at the University of Tasmania. Scaddan is now CEO of Brain Stems Ltd., a brain-compatible training organization, and has worked as a full-time learning consultant in the USA, Sweden, Hungary, India, and Australia, as well as throughout New Zealand. He has recently been employed as an educational consultant to the government of Thailand.
Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction Part I. Enhancing Relationships 1. Emotional Learning 2. Metaphors 3. Rules or Agreements 4. Choice 5. Anti-Stress Techniques Review 6. Put Ups 7. Breathing Techniques 8. Relaxation 9. Eliminating Extrinsic Rewards 10. Punishment and Consequences Review Part II. Developing Patterns and Coherence 11. Contamination 12. Concentration 13. State Changes 14. Cross Overs Review 15. Improving Memory Links 16. Memory Techniques 17. Rough Draft 18. Elaboration 19. Repetition 20. Themes Review Part III. Promoting Understanding: A Model for a "Learn to Learn" Framework 21. Input-Learning Styles 22. Learning Preferences 23. Multiple Intelligences Review 24. Motivators 25. Four Great Questions 26. WIIFM 27. Pulling Your Own Strings 28. Goal Setting 29. Myfirmations 30. Overviews Review Academic Data Part IV. Putting It All Together 31. Framing 32. Pre-wiring 33. Loops 34. Feedback 35. Mind Maps and Mindscapes 36. Reflection 37. Lo, Mo, Ho 38. Inclusive Statements 39. Response Time Something to Aim for 40. Hands Free: An Expectation to Answer Conclusion Suggested Reading References Index