Learn about the brain from some fine minds in education
The Best of Corwin series showcases key chapters from critically acclaimed Corwin publications for a powerful compilation of perspectives on important education issues and topics. Featuring the works of recognized pioneers in the nascent field of educational neuroscience, this cutting-edge collection show show to apply current brain research to teaching and learning. The book is divided into three parts: The Developing Brain, The Brain in School, and Instructional Strategies for Every Brain. Chapter topics include: Brain structures and development from birth through adolescence; What causes the brain to pay attention and remember; How the brain learns to read and calculate; Differences between the male and female brain; The social and academic needs of students with learning ...
Chapter 9: Engaging the Brain
Engaging the Brain
What: Connecting to Real Life
How many times has a student asked you, “Why do we have to learn this?” That student was probably not being facetious and should not be penalized for sarcasm. If the purpose of the brain is to survive in the world, when students cannot see the connection between the lesson being taught and their world, the question will be asked. The answer is simple. Show the student the connection between what you are teaching and their world.
For example, if I were teaching elementary students the concept of main idea and details, I could use the simile of a table top and legs. I would open my lesson with the following hook.
Class, look at the table ...