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Brain-Compatible Learning for the Block - R. Bruce Williams

Brain-Compatible Learning for the Block

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Brain-Compatible Learning for the Block 2e, provides middle school and high school educators with practical ideas and strategies for teaching effectively within block schedules. The authors explore how to use block scheduling to support brain-based learning and show teachers how to structure lesson planning, instruction, and assessment to take advantage of extended class periods. The revised edition offers updated research related to brain-based learning and block scheduling, includes expanded guidelines for developing extended lesson plans, and provides additional strategies for making the most of block scheduling.

"Educators who teach in a school system that utilizes block scheduling will find this text interesting and useful." -- Melissa Awenowicz, Coordinator of Field Placement
"Provides a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the teacher when teaching in the block, explains what a brain-compatible class looks like, and gives sample lesson plans. Useful for all middle school and high school teachers who are teaching in some form of block schedule." -- Randy Thompson, Educational Consultant

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction: Tools of the Trade
Physiology and Philosophy
The Brain's Structure and Function
Brain-Compatibility and Multifaceted Learning
Brain-Compatible Learning Climate
Sample Four-Phase Lesson--What's On Your Mind?
Reflective Questions
Four-Phase Lesson and Unit Design
Inquiring-Gathering-Processing-Applying
Four Phases Assist in Schema Development
Essential Questions
Attend--Experience--Reflect
Internal Structure
Integrated Assessment
Compare/Contrast Four-Phase Lesson With Traditional Lessons
Benefits of Four-Phase Lesson Design
Planning a Unit and a Lesson
Reflective Questions
Extended Time Formats Including Block Scheduling
Time for Brain-Compatible Learning
Alternative Scheduling Formats
Sample Four-Phase Lesson: Can Prejudice Kill a Mockingbird?
Reflective Questions
Content and Curriculum
To Cover or to Catalyze Learning?
Prioritizing Curriculum in Extended Time Formats
Brain-Compatible Curriculum
Sample Four-Phase Lesson: Circles That Cycle
Reflective Questions
The Art and Science of Teaching in Extended Time Formats
Opportunity for Growth and Change
Energizing Educational Principles
Brain-Compatible Instructional Strategies
Professional Learning Communities: Pathway to a New Paradigm
Reflective Questions
Assessment: Measuring Achievement and Growth in Extended Time Formats
The Right Stuff
Caught in the Act of Learning: Authentic Assessment
Assessment for Learning
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Testing Matters
Assessment in Four-Phase Lesson and Unit Design
Sample Four Phase Lesson: Science Schmience or Who Framed Sir Isaac
Reflective Questions
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9781412951845
ISBN-10: 1412951844
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 14th December 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.5  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised