Teaching with the Brain in Mind: 2nd Edition

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with the Brain in Mind Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), 2005.

Course Description

This course teaches neurologically-based approaches to instruction, using recent research to support and develop improved teaching strategies. Teachers will examine the latest research concerning how the brain constantly searches for meaning and seeks patterns and connections. Educators will view a DVD that reveals how the sectors of the brain function together in the learning process, which will lead to the development of neurologically-based curriculum. Teachers will write a culminating essay or develop lessons or activities for the classroom to demonstrate their knowledge of using recent research to help students retain and apply information.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will learn about and develop a working knowledge of the latest brain research and learning theory. They will also acquire a basic understanding of the brain's physiology, size, content, lobe areas and basic brain operations.

2. Educators taking this course will understand how humans actually learn and remember new information. Teachers will learn how to use the brain's learning systems for memory retention, storage and the retrieval of knowledge.

3. Educators will learn about the brain's high and low attention cycles. They will examine the special education issues of ADD, LD and ADHD and the implications for the classroom.

4. Educators will explore how the brain’s natural reward process affects the attitudes of the students and learn techniques for developing intrinsic motivation.

5. Educators will develop a final application essay, activities or lesson plans that help teachers improve attention and create a more effective educational environment.

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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. Meet You're Amazing Brain
2. Preparing the Brain for School
3. Rules We Learn By
4. Motivation and Learning
5. Emotional States
6. Physical Environments for Leaning
7. Managing the Social Brain
8. Motivation and Engagement
9. Critical Thinking Skills
10. Memory and Recall
11. Brain Based Teaching
12. Schools with the Brain in Mind

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen. 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 practice. View the DVD The Brain Fitness Program and write a move review/reflection. (APA or MA writing style format)

Required Assignments

1. Chapter Readings
2. Reviews/Reflections
3. DVD Movie 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

Teaching with the Brain in Mind: 2nd Edition

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3 Credits

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Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
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