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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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I absolutely love teaching, and I am constantly reflecting on new strategies and techniques that I can use in my classroom to impact my students.

I recently read the article "Brain Research on Education: Fab or Foundation?" by Pat Wolfe. In the article Dr. Wolfe discussed the relationship between brain research and education. It was very interesting to read about the intuitions teachers have always had, and how the current research is confirming their intuition. Brain research is so important to teachers because we are constantly wanting to understand how are students are learning.

Over recent years, the school district that I work in has been holding Highly Effective Teaching professional development trainings that focus on brain research. After attending a simplified training, I learned many new techniques and strategies to use in my classroom. They discussed how important it is to greet your students at the door in the morning with a positive attitude. I feel as though the way I start my morning with my students, directs how the rest of the day will go. They also discussed classroom environment such as using cool colors and plants to create a calming effect. My classroom is done in blues and greens, I use lamps for lighting (I am in a classroom with no natural lighting), and

After completing this training and reading the article "Brain Research and Education: Fad or Fashion?", I am eager to learn more about brain research and its relation to how students learn.

References:

Wolfe, P. (2003, Fall). Brain-compatible learning: Fad or foundation? Retrieved May 24, 2007, from http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/forum/fall03/brain.html

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