Brain-Based Instructional Strategies
About the Course
This course describes how the brain works, and how to help students learn, develop, and perform more effectively in diverse settings. By using stories, metaphors, and engaging illustrations to illuminate technical ideas, this class synthesizes relevant trends in neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind.
For students unfamiliar with current brain discoveries, this course is informative and effective. Students will find references to additional materials and scientific journals that will supplement their existing knowledge. Students will appreciate a fresh perspective on foundational theories of learning and development. The course also provides dozens of “brain aware” approaches used by an international group of experienced trainers, educators, consultants, and coaches.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify parts of the brain and how those pieces contribute both biological and cognitively to adult learning, including the various biases and emotions adults experience
- Demonstrate various adult learning strategies by using them during the class sessions
- Compare and contrast adult learning strategies and theories to determine which are more effective in various settings
- Reflect on how the adult brain, including their own, learns new material and makes meaning through a professional development opportunity
Tell us why you chose "Something Else"
Behavior strategies, interventions, Autism strategies, interventions
Who are you?
I teach the elementary (K-5) SIED program for Littleton Public Schools (center-based program for students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities).
What led you to education?
First of all, I love having summer off AND.......I wanted to be a counselor, but I felt 1 hour was effective enough so I chose this type of classroom to maximize the time I can work with students with severe behavior challenges.
What do you have a knack for? How did you find that out?
I have a knack for finding effective strategies to help students with behavioral challenges. I discovered this when I was managing swimming pools and would help the "pool rats" who had trouble with all the lifeguards have fun at the pool.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I am passionate about advocating for what a child needs in all settings (school, home, youth athletics). I have a few soap boxes that I get on, but I want to make sure a child feels safe and successful in all areas!
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
When I am not working, I am usually either outside enjoying the sun, probably while watching my boys in their athletic events. They play football, basketball and baseball and currently I am coaching varsity volleyball so I'm either on a field our court this time of year!
What would be impossible for you to give up?
It would be impossible for me to give up playing volleyball myself. I currently play 1 night a week with a fun group of ladies!