The versatile and practical handbook to promote students' literacy and learning!
Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension, and literacy has become a national priority. In Literacy Matters, internationally recognized author, educational coach, and consultant Robin Fogarty defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas and grade levels to help students develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an overview of the research and best practices associated with each strategy.
With an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, this valuable guide explores proven instructional methods such as
Teaching metacognitive student thinking; Creating literature circles; Involving parents and community; Tapping into prior knowledge; Using technology to impact literacy acquisition
Put these strategies to use in your classroom, and watch as your students improve their reading and comprehension, and apply these tools for success across content areas and in their lives!
Chapter 5: Research the Principles of the Brain and Learning
Research the Principles of the Brain and Learning
The emerging research on mind, memory, and learning supports sound pedagogy and also provides new insights about how the brain works. Naturally, this information impacts the literacy community. For example, the concept of constructivism, which holds that the learner constructs meaning in the mind by connecting new information to prior knowledge, is supported by the fact that dendrites, root-like characters that extend from the brain cell to receive messages (Sylwester, 1995), continue to grow and interconnect throughout one's lifetime. Further research suggests that dendritic growth can be stimulated by rich environments (Diamond & Hopson, 1998). This logically includes print-rich environments that foster literacy.
The mind typically holds seven bits of information, ...