Think Big, Start Small
How to Differentiate Instruction in a Brain-Friendly Classroom
You no longer have to be a neuroscientist to understand how your students absorb knowledge. This easy-to-comprehend guide pares down the vast field of neuroscience and covers the brain basics that affect your classroom the most—attention, memory, emotions, and stress. With a variety of simple brain-compatible strategies, you’ll see a measurable difference in your differentiated classrooms.
- Review neuroscience research on learning, attention, memory, emotions, and stress.
- Learn how to create a safe and secure brain-friendly environment that maximizes student learning.
- Gain low-prep and high-yield strategies for assessing student knowledge, interests, and preferences.
- Understand how simple changes in the presentation of your information can engage students more quickly.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Using Educational Neuroscience to Differentiate Instruction
Chapter 2: Creating a Brain-Compatible Environment
Chapter 3: Engaging, Exciting, and Energizing the Learner
Chapter 4: Exploring the Learning
Chapter 5: Extending and Expanding Learning for Every Student
Chapter 6: Evaluating the Learning
Chapter 7: Think Big, Start Small
- Here is…Where is?
- Note-Taking Template
- Differentiated Curriculum and Instructional Practices
- Planning Guide for Differentiated Instruction
- Aha! Jokes
- Belgium Doesn't Exist!
- Brain Gym International
- Concept to Classroom
- The De Bono Group (Six Thinking Hats)
- The Differentiator
- Edutopia (virtual field trips)
- Google Images
- JTaylor Education
- Learning Abled Kids
- Minute to Win It
- NASA Quest
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages
- NOVA Online (Tales from the Hive)
- On-Line Expeditions
- Open Thinking
- Poll Everywhere
- Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
- SMART Technologies
- SmartDraw (Venn Diagram Software)
- Strange & Unusual Pictures
- Teacher Planet (Venn Diagram)
- Teacher Tap
- Tribes Learning Community®
- WebQuest.org (Sources of Copyright-Friendly Media)