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Focus on Middle Grades Seen as Pivotal to High School and College Readiness

Focus on Middle Grades Seen as Pivotal to High School and College Readiness | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
A United Way grant program piloted middle grade supports and interventions with community-school partnerships in 13 cities.
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Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter?

Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter? | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Handwriting makes you use more of your brain. The regions of the brain that are associated with reading are stimulated while writing by hand only, and not while texting or typing.
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Does scribbling things on post-its count? 

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Statistics on How Poverty Affects Children in Schools

Statistics on How Poverty Affects Children in Schools | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Approximately one in five children in the United States live in poverty, according to the American Psychological Association, a status that affects more than housing status and food supply. Childre
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Chilling and very real!

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Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Rebecca Alber offers tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.
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Words are the basis for all conversations. Shouldn't we should be using conversation to learn words? 

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Lecture by prof. Stanislas Dehaene: ‘How the Brain Learns to Read’

Lecture by prof. Stanislas Dehaene: ‘How the Brain Learns to Read’ | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it

"During reading acquisition, our brain circuitry recycles several of its pre-existing visual and auditory areas in…"

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I read Dr. Dehaene's book, Reading in the Brain, when it first came out in 2009, and am now rereading after listening to this lecture. It is as relevant as ever. The connection between sound and meaning is beautifully explained.

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I read Dr. Dehaene's book, Reading in the Brain, when it first came out in 2009, and am now rereading after listening to this lecture. It is as relevant as ever. The connection between sound and meaning is beautifully explained.

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I read Dr. Dehaene's book, Reading in the Brain, when it first came out in 2009, and am now rereading after listening to this lecture. It is as relevant as ever. The connection between sound and meaning is beautifully explained.

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Response: Taking Advantage Of Neural Networks In The Classroom

Response: Taking Advantage Of Neural Networks In The Classroom | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it

"...regardless of how many strategies teachers used, even more important is the need for educators to develop a new view of how learning and teaching function in a brain compatible (based, focused, etc.) school and classroom. Strategies emerge out of shifting our deeply held beliefs about learning and teaching in general."

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This third blog, from a four part series by Larry Ferlazzo, continues to provide valuable insights into do's and don'ts for applying neuroscience to teaching practices. 

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How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
“We evolved a brain that routinely scans for bad news, both internally and externally,” Hanson said. “And when we find the bad news, we tend to focus down upon it.”
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Read about Hanson's process for helping students think positively. 

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Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
“The actual act of retrieving the information over and over, that’s what makes it retrievable when you need it.”
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So testing is a good idea! When done properly it helps us learn. 

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Listen Current: Research

Listen Current: Research | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Is Listening a Missing Link to Academic Language Acquisition in Today’s Secondary Schools?
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"Do your English Learners hear enough academic English? Public radio stories are a great resource! This curated collection will get kids talking and expose them a wide variety of new vocabulary in an authentic context. Research shows authentic listening is powerful!"
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"Do your English Learners hear enough academic English? Public radio stories are a great resource! This curated collection will get kids talking and expose them a wide variety of new vocabulary in an authentic context. Research shows authentic listening is powerful!"

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10 research-based insights on how the brain learns

10 research-based insights on how the brain learns | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Rereading text and massed practice of a skill or new knowledge are by far the preferred study strategies of learners of all stripes, but they’re also the least productive.
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Lists of 10 "how to's" abound in posts on the internet. This one is worth it. 

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Where did it all go? | SmartBlogs

Where did it all go? | SmartBlogs | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
If properly encoded, the information can remain for a lifetime. So what can teachers do to ensure that information gets properly stored and encoded by their students and that it can be properly retrieved as needed?
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Simple brain based ideas for helping students remember when content is seemingly disparate. 

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Thank You, Mr. Falker - Storyline Online

Thank You, Mr. Falker - Storyline Online | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
“Little Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read. But right from the start, when she tries to read, all the letters and numbers just get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her “”dummy”” and “”toad””.”
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The site Storyline Online gives readers an opportunity to listen to many wonderful stories. Great for substitutes and to enrich students' learning experience. Listening provides an important connection to the comprehension process. 

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Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process?

Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process? | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it

"...repeated practice walks side-by-side with the creative process.”

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Korbey does a good job of explaining the important connection between creativity and automaticity, reminding us that many "Aha moments" come through having a mastery of an area. So how do we keep the "kill" out of our "drill?" Read on.

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Korbey does a good job of explaining the important connection between creativity and automaticity, reminding us that many "Aha moments" come through having a mastery of an area. So how do we keep the "kill" out of our "drill?" Read on. 

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On literacy and strategy, part 6: my first cut at recommendations

On literacy and strategy, part 6: my first cut at recommendations | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it

"On literacy and strategy, part 6: my [Grant Wiggins] first cut at recommendations"

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If you have not been following Grant Wiggins posts on reading research, you should! Especially useful for the middles grades, he has summarized what we really do and don't know about teaching reading comprehension. This Part 6 makes recommendations for how to teach reading strategies for transfer. A challenge that studies have shown has eluded most of us. 

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Poverty & Illiteracy in Schools

Poverty & Illiteracy in Schools | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
According to the Heart of America foundation, 61 percent of families living in poverty do not have children's books in their homes. Consequently, children living in poverty already have a 50 percent weaker vocabulary than their wealthier peers at the start of school.
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Read the last paragraph! It sums up what frequently happens in our middle schools.

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7 Teaching Strategies for Building Anticipation

7 Teaching Strategies for Building Anticipation | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it

"...take a few moments to carefully consider those opening moments of class to use teaching strategies that will help students become curious rather than bored, engaged rather than resistant."

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In advertising curiosity is a primary tool for engaging your audience. The power of curiosity is well documented. I love the curiosity-stimulating classroom strategies shared here. 

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Gamification in the Classroom Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Gamification in the Classroom Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
There’s something in the air right before taking a test when everyone feels millions of butterflies in their stomachs. A quest is a horse of a totally different color.

Students will not fear a quest; they will feel challenged to rise above it and conquer it. That’s why you should never underestimate the power of the words used in a course.
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Trying to get away from our grading system and motivate your students? This succinct description of how to incorporate Gamification into your teaching may be helpful. 

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Resources on Mindfulness in Education

Resources on Mindfulness in Education | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Discover how mindfulness practices are being applied in schools, learn about some of the early research on benefits, and explore classroom, school-wide, and after-school strategies and programs.
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If you haven't dipped your toes in the calming waters of mindfulness for your students yet, here is a great summary of resources, successes, and ideas. Consider something new for next year that can blend in with any instructional strategy, and improve the efficacy of your instruction. 

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51 Education Podcasts For The 21st Century Teacher

51 Education Podcasts For The 21st Century Teacher | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Even though podcasts have been around awhile, a lot of people still don’t utilize the hundreds of free podcasts available on the Internet. Now is a great time to start.
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Use podcasts to engage your students in comprehension that asks them to be involved listeners. Increase vocabulary as you encourage discussion and debate. This site gives you access to podcasts for both teachers and students. 

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170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom

170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
I am amazed every time I talk to groups and find out so many educators have not used word clouds with their students.
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Word Clouds are great organizers of ideas and easy to use. 

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Word Clouds are great organizers of ideas and easy to use. 

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Eighth graders in Guys Read Literacy Group encourage third graders to pick up a book

Eighth graders in Guys Read Literacy Group encourage third graders to pick up a book | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
"Boys typically drop off at the third grade level with their reading,” said Corinne Jalkanen, Library Associate at the Lorain Public Library. “By eighth grade there’s up to 50 percent of boys who are behind the girls.”
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A great idea successfully carried out. 

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Schools combine meditation and brain science to help combat discipline problems

Schools combine meditation and brain science to help combat discipline problems | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
Researchers have been exploring how brain science and education work together for about 50 years, but Desautels said the field has recently morphed into something new that is taking off across the country and outside the U.S.
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Read what this school is doing to incorporate the neuroscience of education. 

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The Power of Reading Aloud in Middle School Classrooms

I couldn’t imagine sitting in front of thirty 8th graders and with a book having them actually pay attention. But I’ll tell you what, when Ponyboy reads Johnny’s letter at the end of The Outsiders, you can hear a pin drop in my classroom.
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A reminder of the numerous benefits still to be had by reading aloud, especially to middle schoolers.

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3 Brainy Strategies Boost Student Learning

3 Brainy Strategies Boost Student Learning | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
We may not be trained neuroscientists, but the better that we grasp and apply principles of cognition, the smoother and deeper our students’ thinking and learning is likely to become.
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Good ideas or perhaps worthwhile reminders. 

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» Featured on ASCD myTeachSource: Teaching VocabularyASCD Inservice

» Featured on ASCD myTeachSource: Teaching VocabularyASCD Inservice | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it
“To understand vocabulary knowledge, think of light switches. Vocabulary knowledge is not like an ‘off/on’ switch where you don’t know anything about a word and then you know everything.
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A short summary of how students "learn words." 

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3 Ways To Help Students Master The Vocabulary Demands Of Complex Texts

3 Ways To Help Students Master The Vocabulary Demands Of Complex Texts | Neuroscience and brain-based learning | Scoop.it

"Knowing what makes a text complex helps us decide what to target for our instruction. ...vocabulary likely contributes the most to text complexity."

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McCarty reminds us, "There is a great deal of research that indicates vocabulary instruction improves comprehension." And the most effective approach is to teach the "Tier Two" words. Teaching them within a context using Marzano's "six steps" or Beck and Mckeon's "robust approach" in a variety of situations, will give you "the most bang for your buck." This article gives more details on how to do this without becoming overwhelmed.
 

Or to streamline even further, use a computer assisted program that does this for you, such as "Word Lab Web." 

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