Maximizing student capacity and restoring motivation—the key to school success Brain research has the power to revolutionize education, but it can be difficult for educators to implement innovative strategies without the proper knowledge or resources. The Education Revolution bridges the gap between neuroscience, psychology, and educational practice. It delivers what educators need: concrete applications of the most current and relevant research that they can use in their classrooms and schools. Readers will find • Teaching strategies based on the latest brain research, designed to advance academic performance • Scientifically sound, solution-focused practices to address the root of negative behaviors • Approaches to counteract the negative impact of technology on the brain • Concrete methods to improve school climate • Model lessons for teachers that demonstrate how to implement the given strategies Written by Horacio Sanchez, a leading authority on child and adolescent behavior and resiliency, this book shows educators how they can use our growing understanding of brain science to restore students’ desire to learn; improve achievement, behavior and school climate; and revolutionize education. “Sanchez combines expertise in education, psychology, and neuroscience with extensive teaching experience and extraordinary insight into what makes us all behave the way we do.” Dr. David L. Katz, President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center “The Education Revolution focuses on the whole child through both academic and social aspects of learning. I feel confident that I can trust this research and use these ideas in my teaching.” Kendra Hanzlik, Instructional Coach Prairie Hill Elementary School, College Community School District
Chapter 1: A Brain-Based Approach to Teaching
A Brain-Based Approach to Teaching
The success of many lessons is often determined at the point of introduction. This is because the brain reacts poorly to new information when it is [Page 5]difficult to comprehend. Strategies in this chapter will improve students’ abilities to consider and comprehend new information, increase information entry into short-term memory, and promote the perception that the information is relevant to their lives.
The Biology of the Learning Brain
Little is written concerning approaches to curriculum implementation and its correlation to effective outcomes and practices. For example, are the methods of instruction being implemented able to advance learning of a range of students from the gifted to the troubled student? The reality is that pathology is a ...