How to differentiate and create an engaging environment where students are center stage using brain-based strategies. Being mindful of brain-based strategies helps facilitate active learning.
Teaching and Leanring strategies
Integrating technology into the curriculum
From REVOLUTION TO EVOLUTION, use what we already know about language acquisition and instruction and reframe it. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. We need to change our fix mindset to a growth mindset.
Based on Carol Dweck's Mindset.
ASCD's A Lexicon of Learning defines brain-based teaching as: "Approaches to schooling that educators believe are in accord with rcent research on the brain and human learning. Adovcates say the human brain is constantly searching for meaning and seeking patterns and connections. Authentic learning situations incresae the brain's ability to make connections and retain new information. A relaxed, non-threatening environment that reduces students' fear of failure is considered by some to enhance learning. Research also documents brain plasticity, which is the brain's ability to grow and adapt in response to external stimuli."
Engaging strategies that focus on how the brain works
Eric Jensen (2000) maintains that BBL is defined as "a learning approach that is aligned with how the brain natually learns best. "Brain-based learning is a way of thinking about the learning process. It is a set of principles; and a base of knowledge and skills upon which we can make better decisions abut the learning process."
Neuroplasticity is defined by Judy Willis, MD, neurologist educator, "as the selective organizing of connections between neurons in our brains." How does memory work when learning a language. Reinforce the importance of repetition to create pathways that will help us remember. Practice, practice, practice. You use it or lose it.
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Project-based Learning facilitates brain-based teaching and learning
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Alternate assessment description, checklists, and rubrics
Top 7 strategies for brain-based teaching and learning
Short term and long term memory
Make use of classroom space to arouse all senses and make students feel comfortable.
Encourage movement to alleviate stress and to improve alertness.
Students given topic and asked to categorize ideas visually
Stimulate social skills because we know that students learn best when they have to explain a concept to a peer. Make learning relevant.
Students answering an essential question in Spanish about the past. Project Zero (Harvard) has several visual thinking routines.
Use art and music that will trigger images in the brain that help students grasp complex ideas.
Spanish 1 Interactive Spanish Notebook (ISN)
Project Zero Visual Thinking Routines: What is the difference between synthesis and summary?
Chunk information so as not to overwhelm the students. Assess with written or oral feedback and not grades.
Vocabulary building activity where students had to categorize new vocabulary words to discuss an AP Language theme.
Provide students with choices. Ownership is very important.
Spanish 3H Una aventura (padlet) http://padlet.com/cchavez00/Oct3_Mi_aventura3H
Use game-based learning to engage students and help them grasp complex ideas. Use Kahoot!
Make differences the rule, not the exception.
Carmen L. Chavez, Ph.D. Cardinal Gibbons High School