TEACHERS WORKSHOP: BRAIN-BASED LEARNING

OVERVIEW

Brain-Base Learning workshop for teachers focuses on design, methods, and the creation of an environment that naturally enhances student learning. Each participant will experience a variety of principles and strategies to discover more about children’ brains. The workshop will demonstrate techniques that apply brain-based learning modalities in education which assist the learning processes of all children. Participants will learn how to incorporate methods into their teaching that will engage the learner resulting in increased student retention and enhanced performance. Each participant will leave with methods that will engage the student, enhance their learning and create a stimulating environment that promotes both cognitive and physical growth.

In this workshop, participants will examine the research in various brain-based fields, such as neuroscience and psychology (cognitive, developmental, educational), and apply this information to classroom strategies and practices.

The workshop will use math as the main vehicle to address strategies that support brain-based learning. There will also be discussions about including pets into the academic curriculum, taking brain breaks that include physical movement, making cultural inclusions, and creating materials to take back to the classroom. In addition, the workshop will cover teaching ideas and resources to take advantage of a once in a lifetime.

PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME:

The foundational purpose of this workshop is to promote and reinforce evidence-based teaching strategies utilizing brain research that help stimulate children’s brains and aid learning by:

  • Providing opportunities to expand networks among other schools and colleagues that use brain-based strategies
  • Providing professional growth opportunities and discussions to improve teaching effectiveness
  • Providing content knowledge and resources for professional growth in the area of brain-based learning.

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create one manipulative to take back to their classroom
  • Develop appropriate assessments that demonstrate student achievement of the identified standards and benchmarks
  • Explain what brain-based learning strategies are and how they work
  • Design and implement at least one standards-based lesson plan by incorporating resources presented
  • Create a “learning portfolio”

CONTENT OF LEARNING PORTFOLIO:

Participants will reflect continually throughout this workshop. First, they will examine their pre-conceived notions regarding brain-based learning strategies. They will explain how these strategies can stimulate their students to learn new concepts and skills.

All participants will be responsible for:

  • Completing a workshop assessment
  • Completing a final reflection about the overall experience in this workshop and how the new skills have affected classroom teaching/professional objective or goals
  • Creating one standards-based lesson plan grounded in general learner outcomes based on what was learned in the course and a method to assess the lessons

TOPICS COVERED

  • Getting the inside secrets of how to influence your student’s brain chemistry
  • Learning and engaging with the 12 brain-based principles
  • Gaining practical tools of engagement for more active classrooms
  • What is brain-based learning? How are brain-based strategies used in classrooms?
  • What is Whole Brain Teaching (WBT)?
  • Brain-friendly tools and strategies for literacy instruction across all disciplines
  • Role-modelling so you can see, hear and feel HOW the strategies are used in your classrooms
  • Discovering (and remembering) the secrets to accurate memory and recall