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Summarizing research from theorists such as Robert J. Marzano and Daniel Goleman, this revised volume helps educators understand and utilize brain research to build high-achievement classrooms.

Setting the Climate for Thinking
Setting the climate for thinking

We must have … a place where children can have a whole group of adults they can trust.

MargaretMead

In the discussion that follows about setting the climate for thinking in the learner-centered classroom, the focus is on two interdependent themes: the emotional climate and the learning environment. Within the scope of these two overlapping ideas, this chapter discusses the roles of emotions and environment in the brain-compatible classroom and leads the reader into implementation ideas for immediate classroom use.

When setting a warm, safe, and caring emotional climate, two aspects of brain activity are relevant: threat and challenge. One phenomenon under the emotional umbrella concerns how the brain viscerally reacts to threatening situations. The other is about engaging ...

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