Brain-Compatible Practices: Introduction (01:51)
This program will show brain-compatible instruction in the classroom and dispel myths as Dr. Pat Wolfe helps educators better understand recent brain research.
Brain Research Fad Or Foundation (02:55)
Dr. Wolfe notes recent claims for research-based programs, and the importance of brain research for learning.
Modern Myths and Folklore (03:32)
Dr. Wolfe cites Francis Gall's phrenology, the Mozart Effect, and other media myths regarding the brain that distort research findings.
Contemporary Research Findings (03:04)
Dr. Wolfe discusses research regarding Auditory Processing Delay and Dr. Sally Shaywitz's work on phonemic awareness in dyslexia.
Brain Sculpting Through Experience (02:03)
Dr. Wolfe discusses the brain's neural plasticity and malleability, and notes the importance of experience.
Enhanced Learning (01:35)
Dr. Wolfe cites the importance of meaning, emotion and type of memory in learning. Current emphasis is on left hemisphere text learning, rather than right brained context.
Seeking Meaningful Patterns (03:06)
Using strategies to create a synaptic moment, the teacher helps connect and strengthen neural networks in students' brains, making abstract concepts meaningful and relevant.
Literacy and Brain Research (02:38)
Dr. Ditrano cites the importance of research and multi-sensory instruction, VAKT. Literacy instruction and brain research address reading and writing difficulties in the classroom.
Learning Environment for the Autistic Student (02:20)
A school-wide structured environment, visual strategies, movement, and an emotional connection are important for autistic students.
Making Connections to Previous Experience (04:34)
Special Education teachers share strategies to teach autistic students using music, movement and visual connections. "Hooking" to experiences enhances learning and memory.
Procedural Memory and Repetition (03:58)
Dr. Wolfe discusses procedural memory, sometimes called automatic or muscle memory, needed for decoding, writing, and classroom rules.
Declarative Memory and Elaborative Rehearsal (04:02)
Declarative memory is what you know. Classroom strategies depend on the type of memory required. Elaborative rehearsals, like role play, as well as multi-sensory learning enhance memory.
Technology engages students and ties learning to everyday life. Multi-modal classroom experiences connect the student to everyday experiences.
Role of Emotion (02:15)
Emotion can enhance or impede learning. Stress can impede thinking. The classroom needs to be physically and psychologically safe.
Fostering Learning (03:36)
Special education teachers demonstrate a safe environment, structured activities and a connection with their students.
Teacher Flexibility (01:49)
Teachers must be flexible, provide multiple pathways for learning, and allow students to have a voice.
Two Hemispheres: Text & Content (04:10)
School learning should be transferable and reality based, with context strategies like projects and problem solving. Day planners give structure and enhance time management for all students.
What Educators Need To Do (04:19)
Teachers need to become literate about the human brain; learn how to read the research; combine neuroscience findings with other research; and incorporate what is known in the classroom.
Credits: Brain-Compatible Practices for the Classroom: Grades K-6 (00:46)
Credits: Brain-Compatible Practices for the Classroom: Grades K-6
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