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Brain Based Learning for Professionals

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  • Teacher greeting children at the door (establishing relationships and connections)
  • Posters or pictures around the room with a positive theme or positive affirmation
  • Opportunities for children to sit in a different place in the room every few weeks or grading period
  • Music being played before school, at the end of activities, for calming, transitions etc. (30% of the day or less)
  • Invisible discipline where the teacher used many preventative strategies before interventions. Examples of preventative strategies include: teaching the class Code of Conduct through Multiple Intelligences, opportunities for children to discharge energy, clear directions, offering lots of choices, being aware of students’ states and making changes when necessary.
  • Use of the different memory pathways – going on field trips to access the episodic memory, using mnemonics to help with semantic memory, and giving opportunities for practice in engaging ways to allow child to get  to the state of automaticity (procedural memory)
  • Opportunities for down time where students could reflect on their recent learnings.
  • Lessons and activities involving challenge, but low threat
  • Continued feedback which would be mostly learner controlled
  • Use of Multiple Intelligences, Cooperative Learning and 4MAT
  • Class meetings where planning is done for fun activities as well as problem solving
  • Lessons on the brain at the students’ level
  • Frequent opportunities for enrichment in the auditory, kinesthetic and visual realm
  • Teacher accessing prior knowledge when introducing a lesson using emotional hooks
  • Frequent rituals which are fun and engaging
  • Concentration on internal motivation through celebrations, student choice, acknowledgements, and frequent feedback
  • Teacher involving the parents as partners
  • Use of assessments through mind mapping, kid watching, student choice, dioramas, personal goals checklist, etc.
  • Mistakes used as opportunities to learn
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