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The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools

Academic journal article Education Libraries (Online)

The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools

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Hardiman, Mariale. (2012) The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. ISBN 978-1-4129-9198-8. $36.95.

The author, Mariale Hardiman, is Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She collaborated with colleagues and cognitive scientists Emma Gregory, Luke Rinne, and Julia Yarmolinskaya to inform The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model, which incorporates neuro and cognitive research in designing effective teaching strategies for early elementary to higher education classrooms. In the Forward, Martha Bridge Denckla, MD, Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, supports this model as "a road map toward creating ever-better outcomes for our students and better collaborative professional practices in your school."

Dr. Hardiman discusses neuroscience research as it relates to some of the myths about the brain, such as "some of us are left brained, some of us are right brained; listening to Mozart will make your baby smarter; after critical periods of development, learning shuts down; we only use 10% of our brain; learning styles theory; and we are bom with all the brain cells we will ever have." But don't let this dissuade you from reading the book. Layman's terms are used in this fascinating account of holistic learning theory based on scientific research.

Each chapter focuses on one of the "brain based" targets identified by Dr. Hardiman. Supported by neuro and cognitive research, we leam why these targets need to be addressed and how they are essential to deep learning. The six targets are Establishing the Emotional Climate for Learning; Creating the Physical Learning Environment; Designing the Learning Experience; Teaching for the Mastery of Content, Skill, and Concepts; Teaching for the Extension and Application of Knowledge; and Evaluating Knowledge. …

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