ERIC Number: ED474352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain.
Tate, Marcia L.
This handbook targets teachers as "growers of brain cells," encouraging them to make practical applications of findings from learning style theorists and neuroscientists. It suggests that tactile learners, spatial thinkers, and logical minds alike will become eager students as the strategies are implemented. The handbook offers 20 strategies that, according to brain research and learning style theory, correlate with the way the brain learns best. It provides over 200 research rationales as to why these strategies take advantage of the way the brain learns best and offers over 150 examples of ways in which these strategies can be used to ensure that students are mastering curricular objectives and meeting national standards. The 20 strategies are: brainstorming and discussing; drawing and artwork; field trips; games; graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs; humor; manipulatives, experiments, labs, and models; metaphors, analogies, and similes; mnemonic devices; movement; music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap; project-based and problem-based instruction; reciprocal teaching and cooperative learning; role plays, drama, pantomimes, and charades; storytelling; technology; visualization and guided imagery; visuals; work study and apprenticeships; and writing and journals. (Contains 134 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Apprenticeships, Art Activities, Brain, Childrens Games, Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning, Drama, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Trips, Freehand Drawing, Graphic Organizers, Hands on Science, Humor, Mnemonics, Movement Education, Music Activities, Pantomime, Reciprocal Teaching, Rhythm (Music), Role Playing, Story Telling, Student Journals, Student Participation, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Visual Aids, Work Study Programs
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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