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12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles in Action:

Title 2:
The Fieldbook for Making Connections, Teaching, and the Human Brain
Renate Nummela Caine, Geoffrey Caine, Carol McClintic & Karl Klimek
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From a foundation in neuroscience, authors Renate Nummela Caine, Geoffrey Caine, Carol McClintic, and Karl Klimek have produced a practical and accessible handbook that describes how educators can design instruction and create learning environments that give brains what they need for optimum learning. 

12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles in Action identifies a framework for understanding learning and approaching teaching that consists of three essential elements:

  • Relaxed alertness: A low-threat, high-challenge emotional state that provides the optimal climate for learning
  • Orchestrated immersion in complex learning: Learning must engage the senses, and the brain needs to use new information/apply to new knowledge in order to learn
  • Active processing: To consolidate learning, the brain needs ongoing, instant feedback and opportunities to think about/reflect upon, analyze, demonstrate new knowledge/skill
Teachers will learn ways to help students reach a state of relaxed alertness and will learn a variety of sensory-based instructional strategies and activities that facilitate complex learning. They will also discover ways of promoting active processing; for example, by asking students to summarize concepts, demonstrate skills, analyze new information, and then providing appropriate feedback.
Educators will benefit from guidance on how to analyze their school's climate and on things they can do to create a culture of authenticity, communication, empowerment.  Relevant examples, vignettes, and teacher reflections are frequently presented, making the book engaging and the material accessible.
Throughout the book, attention is paid to the development of executive functions, and aligning brain-based strategies with National Teaching Standards. Teachers are advised to set reasonably high standards, and, once reached, sustain them for a period of time before gradually raising them.
This comprehensive manual offers educators much more than ready-to-use strategies. It offers them a better understanding of how the brain learns and how best to align instruction for optimal brain-based learning. 


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