Brain Research Fad or Foundation (02:54)
Dr. Pat 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 (02:54)
Dr. Wolfe discusses research regarding Auditory Processing Delay and Dr. Sally Shaywitz's work on phonemic awareness in dyslexia.
Brain Sculpting through Experience (02:13)
Dr. Wolfe discusses the brain's neural plasticity and malleability, and notes the importance of experience and responsibility.
Enhancing Learning (01:35)
Dr. Wolfe cites the importance of meaning, emotion, and type of memory in learning. She notes the current emphasis on the left hemisphere and text learning rather than context.
Meaningful Patterns (03:06)
Using strategies to create that synaptic moment, the teacher helps connect and strengthen the neural networks in students' brains, making abstract concepts meaningful and relevant.
Literacy and Brain Research (02:38)
Dr. Ditrano cites research importance and multi-sensory instruction, VAKT. Literacy and brain research should inform reading programs.
Student Environment (02:44)
A highly structured environment, visual strategies, movement, and an emotional connection are important for autistic students.
Music, Movement, and Visual Connections (04:10)
Special Education teachers share strategies to teach autistic students. "Hooking" to experiences enhances learning and memory.
Memory and Repetition (03:58)
Dr. Wolfe discusses the procedural memory needed for reading, writing, classroom rules, and structure.
Declarative Memory and Elaborative Rehearsal (03:17)
Declarative memory is what you know. Classroom strategies depend on the kind of memory required. Elaborative rehearsals, like role play, enhance declarative memory.
Multi-Sensory Learning (01:13)
Multi-sensory learning involves many parts of the brain to find meaningful connections that form multiple pathways for recall.
Technology engages students and ties learning to everyday life.
Role of Emotion (02:44)
Emotion can enhance or impede learning. Stress can impede thinking. The classroom needs to be physically and psychologically safe.
Fostering Learning (02:57)
Special education teachers demonstrate a safe environment, structured activities and a connection with their students.
Teacher Flexibility (02:00)
Teachers must be flexible, provide multiple pathways for learning, and allow students to have a voice.
Two Hemispheres: Text & Content (04:09)
School learning should be transferable and reality based. Projects and problem solving are context strategies.
What Educators Need To Do (04:21)
Teachers need to become literate about the human brain; learn how to read the research; combine neuroscience findings with other research; and incorporate what we know.
Credits: Brain-Compatible Practices for the Classroom: Special Education (00:45)
Credits: Brain-Compatible Practices for the Classroom: Special Education
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