Engaging Tweens And Teens
Brain-Compatible Approaches to Reach Middle & High School Students

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Engaging Tweens & Teens: A Brain Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle & High School students by Raleigh Philp. (2007) Corvin Press: London UK . 310 pages

Course Description

This course examines new brain learning research findings and how they work with psychology. It looks at brain mapping, environment and genetic effects. How the brain goes through a variety of changes during adolescence is explained. The use of technology, computers, cell phones and other devices has changed how the brain is programmed and how adolescents in today’s society have changed. Strategies for engaging student in learning are presented to assist teachers and school administrators to improve academic performance. Educators will research the topic of teen brain and social development write and application essay or a project activity for implementation.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will review the new findings in brain research that explain how the brain learns, make new connections and how our thinking is changed through brain plasticity.

2. Participants will be presented with the various changes that the brain makes during adolescence and explore how technology and the media have changed how the brain functions with the new generations of students.

3. Educators will learn about making material meaningful, how emotions affect the brain and learning as well as how stress affects the brain and body.

4. Participants will explore techniques for managing student psychological states in order to engage them in learning and help them to recall and apply knowledge.

5. Educators will research this topic as it applies to student choices regarding drugs, promiscuity, and alcohol as well as to their broader decision-making abilities.

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Brain-Compatible Approaches to Reach Middle & High School Students

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. What We Know About the Brain and Learning: Integrating Neuroscience Psychology
2. Mapping the Brain: New Findings in Brain Research
3. Environmental and Genetic Effects on the Developing Brain
4. The Brain During Adolescence: Making Sense of Technology, Media and Social Status
5. Making Material Meaningful: Connecting Emotions and Learning.
6. Stress and the Brain-Body Connection: Restoring Balance in the Classroom.
7. Managing Students’ Physiological States for Engaged Learning
8. Using Music Effectively to Enhance Learning
9. This is Your Brain on…: Understanding and Curbing Adolescent Substance Abuse
10. Drugs Than Enhance Student Achievement: Good Kids Making Bad Decisions.

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book Engaging ‘Tweens and Teens: A Brain Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle & High School Students by Raleigh Philip to your specific classroom context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1.Book Readings
2. Chapter Reviews/Reflections
3. Research Review
4. Project or Activity
5. Final Application Essay

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Engaging Tweens And Teens
Brain-Compatible Approaches to Reach Middle & High School Students

$395

3 Credits

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