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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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The corporation I teach in

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The corporation I teach in has just invested in the brain research based program, fastforword. At first I was skeptical of the program. After almost 27 weeks of using it I am seeing results. My students seem to be better able to processwhat they hear and read. We plan to use the ISTEP tes as a benchmark for whether the program has had a postive impact on our stucents.

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Ameina,
I believe I just got done reading the same article as you! To answer your question, I think that even though all this "great science research" is coming out to benefit teachers and students in the classroom, we can't solely rely on those studies to influence our teaching. I am very intrigued with the brain and its functions and to understand "why" students do and say the things they do. I would love to go to a conference of have a professional development day at my school district dedicated to understanding the brain better and ways of its influence in my classroom.

For the teachers out there

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For the teachers out there using Fast ForWord, what kind of training were you given before implementation?

Could someone give me a brief

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Could someone give me a brief description of Fast ForWord? My district is in the process of using Read180. I believe this program is based on ideas from brain research. Has anyone used it? What do you think? I also would be interested in a class/seminar on brain research.

6th grade special education teacher

I just watched a video on

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I just watched a video on Fast ForWord and it looks wonderful. It would be an expensive investment with the computer software and training for teachers, but I sure am going to suggest it to my principal. Jason, google Fast Forword and you'll find a lot of info.

6th grade special education teacher

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I'm posing some questions in regard to collegial interaction. Who (whom?) of you out there have been on blog sites with other teachers for at least a year? Do you utilize several sites? How productive is blogging to you and to your teaching? Have you ever been able to bring a new idea to your principal and it becomes useful and/or part of a program? Just really curious... hope to see some responses...thanks.

I believe I read the same

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I believe I read the same article as some of the people posting comments here. I found all of the information presented in the article extremely fascinating. Several of the articles I have read recently talk about the computer program Fast Forward. I am interested in finding out more about this program-it sounds like something my district could really use!

Teaching

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I think that we should always adapt our teaching to what best helps our students. It is always good to try new things and if they work adapt our curriculum to use them.

I took a brain based learning

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I took a brain based learning course two summers ago. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. So many times it would tie into my class and click, it would make sense as to why a student did what he did. Not just with kids but us as well, if the information is relevant and intereting, we get it.

I believe I read the same

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I believe I read the same article, and I found it quite intersting. To answer your question as to whether or not teachers should rely solely on the parts of the brain to influence our teaching, my answer is no. I do not believe it is responsible for teachers to rely on one thing to influence there teaching. I believe that teachers should use a balance of research based practices. I do believe, however, that brain reserach is critical to understanding how students learn. Therefore teachers should have a knowledge base of how the brain works and how to apply that to the classroom. How can we interpret brain research findings and apply it if we have no idea how the brain works?

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