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Begin with the Brain - Book - 2nd edition


The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement and Perseverance

Think Big, Start Small! How to Differentiate in a Brain-Friendly Classroom

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Assessment Strategies to Maximize Brain-Compatible Learning
Helping Students Demonstrate What They Know and Can Do

Incorporate on-going assessment as a key Brain Compatible strategy!

-Learn new ways to discover students' readiness levels
-Orchestrate student "self-assessment" opportunities
-Incorporate on-going assessment strategies to document progress
-Honor the importance of informal assessments and questioning strategies
-Create "fair" ways for students to assess peer and group work
-Prepare "low threat climates and environments" for evaluation and testing
-Design powerful culminating products for evaluation
-Develop rubrics to help communicate progress and competency
-Implement strategies using the Multiple Intelligences every day!

In this session Martha Kaufeldt will be sharing a variety of assessment strategies to teachers interested in enhancing their Brain Compatible classrooms. Designed primarily for educators who have had a previous introduction to "teaching with the brain in mind" and have begun to implement Differentiated Instructional strategies.

Brain Compatible classrooms maintain a safe and secure climate and environment - even when doing assessment and evaluation! And good Assessment is the foundation for Differentiated Instruction. Let Martha show you dozens of ways to assess students' prior learning, collect on-going data and give feedback, as well as, how to design culminating projects to evaluate student progress and competency. This veteran teacher always provides humorous, fast-paced sessions with plenty of practical classroom examples.

Begin with the Brain
What Parents Need to Know

Learn some "brain basics" about how children's brains learn, growth and respond to the environment. Find out what you can do to reduce your child's stress levels and encourage development of a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences.

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Beyond the Classroom Walls
What Parents Can Do to Enrich a Child's School Experience

Each learner is unique. Many times the regular classroom curriculum strategies may not always be enough to stimulate and engage students. Discover strategies that parents can do to enhance creativity, stimulate complex thinking and encourage their children to learn outside of the school experience. Learn ways to expand school assignments to meet the needs of your bright, but sometimes bored, child.

Five Effective Strategies for Parents of Gifted and High-Achieving Students

What are some things that parents of Dreamers, Dynamos, and Discoverers can do to encourage and motivate their kids? Five reasonable strategies to help each parent be a good "guide on the side!"

1) Develop "meta-cognition" strategies: reflecting on learning
2) Learn effective questioning strategies: Socratic thinking
3) Understand HOTS: Higher-Order Thinking Skills
4) Help kids with TIME MANAGEMENT
5) Celebrate effort, successes, and who they are!

Target audience: Parents of children who learn a little faster, think a little differently, try a little harder, and want more! Suitable for all age ranges

What's Going On in There?
How Emotions, Pressure, Stress, and High Expectations Affect Kids' Brains

Research has confirmed that too much stress, pressure, and perceived threat can cause our brains to go into a "reflex response" and minimize our capabilities to learn and get along with others. Learn some ways to help balance pressure and stress in your child's life as he/she deals with school, friends, and daily life experiences.

Target audience:
Parents of:
- Highly motivated learners
- Identified Gifted learners
- High-Achieving Gifted students
- Low-Achieving Gifted students
- Extremely Sensitive children
- Over-Scheduled Kids