Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

Synopsis

In this book, written by an author who is both a neurologist and a classroom teacher, Judy Willis combs through brain research and pulls out the information that is most valid and relevant to classroom teaching. Find out how to enhance your students' memory and test-taking abilities. And discover ways to captivate and hold students' attention and encourage their participation and progress.

Excerpt

The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time but in their signifi
cance to ourselves they find their own order… the continuous thread
of revelation
.

~ Eudora Welty

Now is an exciting and pivotal time to be an educator. Neuroimaging and brain mapping research has extended beyond the confines of studying medical and psychological diseases and has opened windows into the brain. We can now see brain activity as information from the senses that is categorized and organized into working, relational, and, ultimately, long-term memories. In short, we can now see what happens to brain activity and structure when teachers teach and when students learn. Educators can now relate the powerful discoveries of learning brain research to classrooms and curriculum by incorporating research-based learning strategies to help students learn more effectively and joyfully. The potential for discovering the most effective ways to educate students is unlimited.

These chapters demonstrate specific classroom strategies that have been developed from research in how the brain accumulates, connects, stores, and retrieves learned material. Information obtained through brain imaging such as positron emission tomography (PET scans), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and quantitative electroencephalography brain wave monitoring (qEEG) during the learning process have given us a science of education to add to our already powerful knowledge of the art of teaching. Educational professionals who understand the relevant aspects of brain development, alertness, attention, and memory storage and retrieval, and who use the strategies derived from this research, will find their work becoming more effective and exciting and will find their students more engaged.

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