Do you think I’m making all this stuff up? The truth is you know what works for children. They tell you if they are making the connections in their brains by their behavior – eyes light up, faces are animated, bodies are attentive. I had taught for decades before I was introduced to “brain research” about 15 years ago. I remember reading everything I could get my hands on and thinking, “I know that! Yep! I know that!” If you are a teacher you intuitively know what works!
I thought it might be interesting to do a brain break on two of my favorite “brainy” books for you today. It validates and reaffirms the necessity of games, singing, movement, and best practices.
Eric Jensen TEACHING WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND (ASCD, 2005)
Group and regroup
Use rhyme and songs
Use error correction with feedback
Take a look at some of Medina’s principles:
Exercise – Exercise boosts brain power
Wiring – Every brain is wired differently
Attention – We don’t pay attention to boring things
Short-term memory –Repeat to remember.
Long-term memory – Remember to repeat.
Sensory integration – Stimulate more of the senses
See, you already knew those things, didn’t you. We’re on the same page when it comes to things that work in the classroom.