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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Brain Research and Education

Brain Research and Education

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I was just reading an article on how it is important for teachers to know the structure and make up of the brain in order for us as teachers to better be able to adjust our teaching in order to benefit our students and help them to learn. It states that teachers should be aware of the two distictive types of memory (Precedural and Declarative). The article advises that teachers become familiar with the brain, its parts and its function. What I would like to hear is whether we teachers should rely solely on the parts of the brain to influence our teaching? Should we look to appeal to different parts to teach specific lessons? Should we now design a course at Teachers Colleges specifically related to the brain and its role in Education? Im looking forward to reading your comments.

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Rebecca F's picture

Sherry, thank you so much. I read the same article for my class. I wasn't sure if Amenia had read a different article. Yes, it was very interesting and amazing to find out the complex structure and functions of the brain. After reading the article, I understand why some students still struggle in reading and language proficiency.

Rebecca F's picture

JM, the Math Facts in a Flash sounds like an awesome tool to use to help struggling students. I went to Renaissance Learning site but didn't find the link to the Math Facts. Is this a program that needs to be purchased to have access to it?

Molly Whitmer's picture

Sherry, I do know that Fast ForWord is avaiable to the public because my daughter uses it in her Kindergarten class. I know there is a website about the program because they sent information home about it at the beginnning of the school year. I do not remember what it is, but I bet it could be found by typing Fast ForWord. My daughter struggled with the program at first because she would miss some of what the computer said and there is no repeat button. Once she got the hang of it, she is doing much better.

Lesia's picture

I like to keep updated on brain research as well. As you stated,the research usually states what most already do in the classroom. But, at times, it is important to check the validity of the "research" as well.

Lesia's picture

I agree with Rebecca, reading how students process sounds and letters helped me understand how a "computerized" program would help. Before reading this article, honestly, I was very hesitant on sitting a child in front of a computer to help in his/her reading ability. But I must admit, this is something I would look into for struggling readers after reading the brain research. As a previous first grade teacher, I must admit when those low readers don't take off as quickly as the others, I am looking for All sorts of ways to jumpstart their reading.

Christina's picture

I have never heard of the Fast Forward program but it sounds interesting.

Christina's picture

A class on brain research would be helpful. I would like more information on the Fast Forward program.

Barb Kooima's picture

I too read the article you refer to, and was intrigued by the idea of a somewhat personalized computer program teaching struggling readers. I have not seen the program in action, but would like to. Much as I would love to be able to provide for all of my students' needs, with 28 students and only one teacher, I know that just isn't possible. If technology can help me to provide a better learning environment for a child, it seems foolish NOT to check it out. Of course, the human interaction between a child and his or her teacher is still vital, but the novelty of a computer program could capture a child's interest and increase feelings of success.

Is there anyone who has tried the Fast ForWord program? What was your experience with it?

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