Monday, July 06, 2015

BRAIN BOOST - Teachers Tap Into Neuroscience

"Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning" PBS NewsHour 7/1/2015


SUMMARY:  Research on the brain and how we think and act is influencing the way some teachers teach. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters goes into a classroom where the instructor uses different methods to engage different parts of the students’ brains, then checks with a neuroscientist about whether that strategy actually works.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Next, neuroscience and education.

Thousands of teachers around the country are learning about an alternative teaching program that aims to use scientific discoveries about the brain to improve the way children learn in the classroom.

Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Philadelphia.

JASSELLE CIRINO, Teacher, Francis Scott Key Elementary:  When I say class, you…

CLASS:  You stop what you’re doing.  Look at the teacher.

JOHN TULENKO, Learning Matters:  Today is Wacky Wednesday in Jasselle Cirino’s third grade classroom, which explains the blue wig.

JASSELLE CIRINO:  So I want you to teach your neighbor.

JOHN TULENKO:  But the rest of what you’re about to see is what her classroom looks like every day.

JASSELLE CIRINO:  I want giant gestures.

JOHN TULENKO:  She uses a set of techniques some call whole brain teaching.

JASSELLE CIRINO:  A lot of times in traditional teaching, you’re just lecturing, and you’re talking and talking.  And what we like to say, whole brainers, we like to say that the more you talk, the more students you lose.  And so we use different methods to engage multiple parts of the brain.  And that way, you get 100 percent engagement.

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