Brain Related Renewal – Experts to Teens

Ask the lecturer in this video and he will say he engages listeners.  He might even go on to suggest today’s audiences expect too much and give too little. Ask listeners and they may support these 100 reasons to run hard from lectures!

Have you considered lately how …

To renew with the brain in mind is to approach teens and teaching with new vision, diverse tools, and higher expectations for all:

  1. Teens bring unique knowledge to technology and renewal both recognizes and uses their technical skills. (Braden Husdal in Teaching starts from Brain Down)
  2. Repetition is less effective for teens than teaching math for understanding. Do you agree? (Sue Caldwell in It’s Branded in our Brains)
  3. Renewal with the human brain in mind is to integrate algebra and technology into everyday lives. (Naomi Harper, Media and Methods)
  4. Ask faculty why they entered the field and few will respond, “assessment and accountability.” Renewal draws in many tools for tangible understanding. (Rod Heikkila – New Media: New Opportunities)
  5. Learning is innately linked to biological and chemical forces that control the human brain. (Eric Kaufman Engaging Students with Brain Based Learning)
  6. When standards and tests fit together for air-tight system of top down uniform “bunch of facts” schooling, that’s when we’re in real trouble. (Alfie Kohn Beware of the Standards, Not Just the Tests)
  7. Beginning immediately, we must begin to implement 22nd-century education. (Alfie Kohn When 21st Century Schooling Just Isn’t Enough: A modest Proposal)
  8. Competition is perhaps the single most toxic ingredient to be found in a classroom, and it is also a reliable predictor of cheating. (Alfie Kohn Who’s Cheating Whom?)
  9. For learner, the lecture is a passive event, and so it is no surprise that learners highly favor interactive learning opportunities. (Jane Mcharg How do we learn?)
  10. Results of high-stakes testing indicate unintended negative consequences that corrupt learning practices for teens. Richard Ryan and Netta Weinstein Undermining Quality Teaching and Learning)
  11. It is time to declare war on traditional course syllabus. It is rule-infested, punitive, controlling yet handed to students on first day of classes. (Mango Singham Death to the Syllabus! )
  12. Collaborative teaching reinforces learning and is particularly important for young adolescents, whose developing brains are beginning to understand complex relationships. Teens like it, parents like it. It’s just common sense. (Kirsten Stewart Are Two Teachers Better than One? )
  13. State exit exams harm students who fail them and do not benefit students who pass them. Now what? (John Robert Warren)
  14. Traditional “one-size-fits-all approach to curriculum denies vast individual differences in learning strengths, challenges and interests. (David Rose Universal Design for Learning; Meeting the Challenge of Individual Learning Differences Through a Neurological Perspective ).
  15. Evidence indicates that the fine arts can provide a unique avenue for reaching challenging students with principles of brain based learning. (Ghazwan Lutfi Whole Brain Learning: The Fine Arts with Students at Risk)
  16. Poor decision making in teens may be related to the fact that teenagers’ brains show less excitement than adults about the prospect of earning rewards. Interestingly, teens show similar brain activity when actually receiving rewards. (J. Bjork Journal of Neuroscience)

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