More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction

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April 2008



Among the most powerful messages translated from brain research to educational practice are that learning occurs best when:
Prior knowledge is activated
Students are actively engaged
Connections are created and reinforced
Opportunities are incorporated for reflection and metacognition
Student-to-student interactive social learning is promoted
This book from an international trainer and consultant goes the next step and uses these findings to inform practical implementation for literacy. The author briefly targets the relevant research and moves quickly to providing tools and strategies for teachers to use for motivation and engagement, and specifically to improve teaching and learning in the literacy domains of vocabulary and comprehension. While additional research rationale is sprinkled throughout the book, the format is 10% research and theory and 90% practical tools and strategies for classrooms. This book is packed with use-today resources for teachers to get all students off the sidelines and fully engagd in literacy learning.


About the Author
1. Brain-Based Literacy Learning - Pieces of the Puzzle
The Research Connection
Reading Comprehension and the Brain
Personal Connections
Reflect to Connect
Slow Down to Go Faster
Different Ways of Knowing - Different Ways of Showing
2. Activate to Educate!
Why Activate?
Prereading Strategies
Anticipation Guide/Prediction Guide
People Bingo
Graphic Organizers
Preview Puzzles
Sticky-Note Discussion/Graffiti Board
Story Impressions
Word Splash
Learning Lineup
Voting With Your Feet
Preview Pairs
Sort and Report
Postcard Connections
3. What Does a Brain-Compatible Classroom Look Like?
Tips for Developing a Brain-Compatible Classroom
Content and Process ("Gum" and "Chew")
State Changes
Management Tips
Grouping and Floor Plans
Learning Centers
Sample Centers
Creating Independent Learners
Strategies for Flexible Grouping
Managing for Grouping Accountability
Planning for Grouping
Carousel Cruising
Walk and Talk Tour
Newscast Reporting
Clock Buddies
Grouping "Roundup"
4. Literacy is NOT a Spectator Sport!
Note Taking/ Note Making
Summary Strategies
Picture This: Stretch to Sketch
Rhyme Time
Questioning Strategies
5. Differentiate to Motivate!
Essential Elements of Differentiation
What Is This Thing Called Differentiation?
Pieces of the Puzzle
Managing Your Differentiated Classroom
Ten Things to Try Next Week (To Encourage Independence and Differentiate Instruction)
Lesson Planning for Action
Professor of the Week
"Professor for the Week"
Active Participation Strategies
Give One/ Get One
Save the Last Word for Me!
6. Into, Through, and Beyond Boosters
Developing an Instructional Framework
"Into" Strategies
"Through" Strategies
Coding Strategy
"Beyond" Strategies
Flip Book
"Two Facts and a Fib"
Question Fan
Celebrate a Book
Fishbone Strategy
Question "Connections"


Katherine Perez, a professor of education at Saint Mary's College of California, has over three decades of teaching experience from the preschool level through graduate school. A frequent presenter and enthusiastic "teacher cheerleader," she offers guidance to both novice and experienced educators. Perez is an international educational consultant, author, and motivational speaker, specializing in instructional strategies and creative approaches to literacy and professional development. She integrates state-of-the-art methods and research with passion and practical insights from her own classroom experiences.Perez has taught in many diverse environments, including in Richmond and Oakland, as a general educator, special educator, reading specialist, and curriculum and staff development coordinator. In order to "keep it real," she balances her college courses and her work as a coordinator for the California Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program by serving as a literacy coach in a San Francisco Bay Area middle school, engaging even the most reluctant learners with brain-friendly techniques.Perez works with teachers, administrators and parents throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Australia. For the past three years, she has conducted extensive training in Singapore and Hong Kong for the Ministry of Education.


"These strategies will provide teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists not only with theory but proven tools that work, making for an important classroom pick."
EAN: 9781412926935
ISBN: 1412926939
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 123 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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