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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 don't believe that we need

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I don't believe that we need to rely on total brain research to gear our teaching. I believe children learn in so many ways. I would be interested in taking a course that talks about how brain research and education have a role together.

Does the Fast ForWord really

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Does the Fast ForWord really work? I have never heard of it.

I find the brain to be very

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I find the brain to be very fascinating. While I was receiving my undergraduate degree, I focused on taking educational psychology classes. I wanted to know why students thought certain ways and how can I help them to grow in their own knowledge. I don't feel we should always rely on brain research but I do feel it helps guide us, as teachers.
Michelle, I have the same question about Fast ForWord and if it works. I have never heard of it, until this blog, it sounds very interesting.

Fast Foward

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http://www.scilearn.com/products/

http://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/courses/43029/CRS-WUPSYC6205-3865243/...

See the website above for more information on the Fast Forward program. The company and products they provide are very interesting. Also, visit the website above for some great information on this topic. There is information on a study that was done using the Fast Foward Language Program on 8 to 12 year olds with dyslexia. The results of the study were impressive.

I, like all of you, am very intrigued by the study of the brain, particulary as it relates to education.

In Pat Wolfe's article: Brain Research and Education: Fad or foundation?, she mentions Gordon Shaw's, Physicist, research explaining his interest in music and mathematics. "His research, conducted over the past several years, has resulted in a program that uses piano keyboarding lessons and a computer program called STAR (Spatial Temporal Animation Reasoning) with elementary school-age children. The students in the study have made exceptional gains in proportional math and fractions, math skills that require good temporal spatial reasoning" (Wolfe, 2003). Does anyone else have information supporting the suggestion that there is a positive correlation between learning music and playing a musical instrument and academic performance?

3-5 Grade Special Education Teacher from Indiana

Eric, Thank you so much for

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Eric, Thank you so much for the websites. I have already checked them out and requested information.
I have also heard the theory about correlation between playing a musical instrument and academic performance. I have always heard that the music activates a different part of the brain and we can make connections between information easier that way. I really do not understand that at all and would be very interested in more information as well. I actually had a teacher when I was in 5th grade that made the class listen to opera music while we were taking a test. He whole-heartedly believed that listening to opera music during assessments made us think more clearly and do much better. I, myself, thought it had to do with whether or not we studied! Who knows, maybe he was right.

k-3 special education teacher from Ohio

I completely agree with you

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I completely agree with you that we have to be careful about changing up everything we are teaching to follow the latest information. I do think that brain research is extremely interesting and that it could have great implications for helping the struggling learner. Hopefully, there will be many more studies, field tests and data collected over time to help us all make wise decisions about changing up our teaching methods.

k-3 special education teacher from Ohio

Marci, Your comment makes

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Marci,
Your comment makes perfect sense to me. Children with strong auditory perceptions will feel overwhelmed by the sound level. Strong visual learners will have difficulty staying focused on their teacher. Room temperature, personal space between the rows, scents and odors are all going to affect particular students. Personally, in a crowded room, I want to be seated as closely to a door and a wall as possible! It is difficult to concentrate and learn when you are physically uncomfortable.

Tiffany, What do you know

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Tiffany,
What do you know about FastForward since it is used at your school? I know you said you didn't know much; would you please share what you do know about it.
Thanks,
Gin

The articles I read gave me

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The articles I read gave me great information about the brain that I had forgotten and some that was new to me. The brain is amazing, I still think we need to be creative in using different strategies to teach our children. children learn in different ways and we need to be able to reach all our children. I want to learn more about brain research. Does anyone have any great knowledge about the brain and 4 year old children?

Hi Marci, I understand what

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Hi Marci,
I understand what you are saying about personal space being invaded. I think that it is a threat which can interfere with their learning. I do not like when people are in my personal space, so all I think about is I want them to move. This leads to me not paying attention to what the person is actually telling me. I believe that children are the same way. I also think that some children do not like a large class, they are embarrassed to talk and/or listen. This can also make it where no learninng is taking place.
Hope this was helpful!
Gin

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