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Brain Research and Education

Ameina

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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I am reading some of the same

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I am reading some of the same articles as well on breain research as it relates to learning. It is quite interesting that as much as we know about vast expanses of the solar system, we know so little of a human organ. Research dealing with the brain has been an ongoing process and will undoubtedly be going on forever. Will we ever truly know all that goes on within the brain? Doubtful, but the more we learn the more we need to put this information to use in the education of our students.

Putting this information to use is what will insure that this is not an educational fad.

JW

I agree with Angela S. I also

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I agree with Angela S. I also have experienced children who understand and learn content very fast and I have had children who need constant repetition before it sinks in. I really feel it is how we creatively deliver the material using different teaching styles that will help our students. I do believe that if teachers are more knowledgeable about the brain and how it works it would be easier to understand why some of our students learn the way they do. I would have loved to have had a class in college on brain-based research. I think it would have been very helpful.

I agree with Kevin in the

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I agree with Kevin in the fact that the brain is the master mind behind education. I think we should spend little time jumping on different bandwagons from time time and focus on an area that will never change, the brain. I feel by better understanding how our brains work we will better understand how to teach children effectively.

4th grade teacher

I have a friend who used to

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I have a friend who used to teach special education. She quit to have children. When I talked to her, I was telling her about the brain research paper I read and how they mentioned a program called Fast Forward. She had heard of it and it does show results. She said she had the program on her computer and her students had used it. I am very curious to watch and see how teachers adapt to the new ideas being presented with the latest brain research.

4th grade teacher from California

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I believe I may have read the same article. While I do think it's important for us teachers to keep up with all the research being done in regards to the brain and education, I feel we must not forget that we still have students who learn in different ways. We will have students who will be kinesthetic learnes,and others will be visual or audio learners. However, if there had been such a class when I was taking my credential courses, I would have taken it. I think that we, as professionals, need to combine the brain based research with what we know works with the different types of learners.

4th grade teacher from California

I think I may have read the

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I think I may have read the same article. I do think the brain based research is important. I also believe that we need to keep up with all the valid research. However, I think we still need to keep in mind that students learn in different ways. We have kinesthetic, audio, and visual learners. If a course such as the one Ameina mentions would have been offered, I would have gladly taken it.

Half my class are non english

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Half my class are non english speakers. I was reading the article on brain research. It stated that children learn to read proficiently when they are able to understand the spoken language in the language they are learning to read. As an educator, what is the best way to help these children. I am teaching them how to read English and most of them are spanish children. Any ideas or suggestions??

ESL

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Hi Gin,

I live and teach in Vietnam and all of my students are ESL. However, 6 of my students have been in a pullout class for reading. 3 have just graduated no not attending the ESL pullout as they are quickly mastering English.

The letter sent to the parents of these 3 students encouraged them to speak and read to their children in Vietnamese or their primary language as research has found that children who gain literacy skills in their mother tongue make better academic progress.

Perhaps encourage their parents to do the same in Spanish, as well as encouraging them to apply themselves to learning English.

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Thanks Vicki,
Great idea! I will have to use that idea! I do think the parents should be learning some English too, to help their children.

A particular aspect of the

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A particular aspect of the brain-based learning articles connected with the difficulties involved with teaching large classes. I began questining whether crowded class rooms cause students to feel threatened. The research says that no learning takes place when we feel threatened. If our students feel their personal space is being invaded, could this be perceived as a threat? Does this make sense to anyone else?

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