Get your students excited about science and math!
Are your lessons falling on unengaged ears? Maybe it's time to mix things up! John Almarode and Ann Miller provide numerous strategies and a model for developing engaging science and math lessons and units that captivate students, activate prior knowledge, and invigorate student interest by making lessons rigorous and relevant. Based on the latest brain research, this book includes: -Content-specific lessons plans and strategies for middle and secondary school teachers; -Useful forms and supplements for each strategy; -Examples across all areas of middle and high school math and science, including physics, algebra, and chemistry; -Lesson plan templates to get you started
Chapter 3: Prime the Brain: Activate Prior Knowledge
Prime the Brain: Activate Prior Knowledge
The Deafening Sound of Silence
As the tardy bell rings and the halls finally clear, we often start class with what we believe is a very simple and straightforward question: Who can tell me what we did yesterday? What follows is an awkward and often aggravating silence. However, brain researchers would argue that this is a predictable and normal response that can be avoided. Jump-starting the student brain and activating prior knowledge is a daily, necessary, and important task in our ...