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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 read two articles on brain

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I read two articles on brain research and found them interesting. I am overwhelmed with the idea that I need to know the parts of the brain and how they work in order to teach my students. I recently went to a conference on interventions and the speaker discussed the importance of identifying the parts of the brain and how each part works. It is a new approach that we all will need to research further in order to impact our students learning.

I too have read articles on

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I too have read articles on brain research. I find them to be very interesting but very overwheleming. It is important as educators for us to stay abreast of issues concerining education so that we can effectively teach our students. I think in order for me to understand this research more and how I can use the strategies to impact my students, I will need to learn the terminology and do more studying of this research.

Elementary School math Coach

I find the research on the

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I find the research on the relationship between brain research and learning fascinating. In addition to reading articles for my master's course on this subject, I also am receiving education on brain research through my Math Coach training. My school district has also been steeped in the brain based strategies of learning for years. The entire district uses Cognitive Compatible Classrooms as a basis for our learning environments, including the actual decorations of the room, active learning, and inquiry-based instruction ---all linked to brain-based research. I have no hard facts or data, but I do feel that the brain research information I am reading is just good, sound teaching practice. For example, children's understanding grows in classrooms with rich experiences, time for reflective thought, and opportunities to apply what they know. These are the same ideas I read in the brain research articles. One article I read made a good point --we wouldn't ask other professionals to do their jobs without the information and knowledge needed to carry out that job-- doctors must have accurate knowledge of physiology, as well as the differences in patient care in children and adults , lawyers -the psychology of effective questioning of witnesses -- teachers need to know how the brain learns to effectively help students guide their own learning. At this point , the research has been validated time and again. As educators, we would be fools not to incoporate the strategies that promise the most growth for students. With that said, I do believe a combination of verified techniques, old or new, is required to be an effective educator.

This is actually the first

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This is actually the first time I have heard of brain-based research being a possible approach to teaching and learning. I find this research to be rather fascinating and am interested to learn more about it. I think it would be of great benefit for both the students and teachers if we would be able to have a professional development day solely based on brain-based research.....and having a neuroscientist actually participate in the professional development day so that we can have a clear picture of how teaching and learning affects different parts of the brain and what effective teaching strategies we should use to enhance student learning based on brain research. Has anyone ever had an inservice day or professional development day based solely on brain research and its link to teaching and learning?

Tabetha

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I don't know if I would agree that students feel threatened in the classroom. I realize that in big classes students may not feel so confident in themselves, but do you think this is really fear? There are exceptions to everything, so I guess it could be that a student was afraid and not able to learn. Most students, I believe, would just lack confidence in themselves, but should still be able to learn.

I agree with you Toni. This

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I agree with you Toni. This is all fairly new to me and I will have to do some research. It can be exciting to find new information to learn!

I don't think teachers should

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I don't think teachers should rely solely on studies of parts of the brain to influence our teaching, but it should play a major role. I can only remember a few instances in college courses where how the brain works was discussed. Shouldn't we pay more attention to the organ that is responsible for learning?

I find the research on brain

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I find the research on brain development to be intriguing! I just read a fascinating article on formative assessment. Our school district is really trying to push for the use of formative assessment. Yes, we all do summative assessments, so what’s the difference between the two? This article states why it is crucial to give formative assessments. Formative assessments are used to identify the individual needs and “prescribe’ an action plan. Formative assessment help build our students higher level thinking skills.

Title I reading teacher from SC

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I have read two articles on brain research. I find the brain based approach to intervention interesting. As an intervention teacher myself, I can indentify with the language to literacy approach. Both articles mentioned the "Fast Forward" computer program. I look forward to learning more about this approach.

"Brain Based" teaching

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I think as teachers we should always question what we read, even if it is scientifically based. As a grad student at Walden Univ. I believe we have all read the same article. I thought it was interesting and I am not trying to discredit the research. But we are not teaching brains we are teaching people. I think it is important to be aware of the functions of the brain, and plan more "visual" / "tactile" lessons across the board, but I think a majority of the trends or philosophies in education have been encouraging teachers to do this for years. The way I see it we as teachers should immerse the students in the process of learning in a more "interactive" way. This makes sense, and I believe that this is a common thread in most modern theories on how to teach the modern population of students. These educational practices are a great perspective to have and being aware of them is important. Sometimes small changes to your approach can make a big difference, especially when you don't have the time to really revamp everything. Not to mention, I do think many of us already are considering these things while we teach.

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