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Title: Teach to the Brain, for the Brain and the rest is easy


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Teach to the Brain, for the Brain and the rest
is easy!
  • Shauna Tanaka
  • Shellie Fielden

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Do you teach this student?
3
  • Your brain is about 2 of your total body weight
    but uses 20 of your bodys energy.
  • http//www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_abo
    ut_the_brain.html

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  • The energy used
  • by the brain is enough to light a
  • 25 watt bulb.
  • http//www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_abo
    ut_the_brain.html

5
  • More electrical impulses
  • are generated in one day by a single human brain
    than by all the
  • telephones in the world.
  • http//www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_abo
    ut_the_brain.html

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  • There are about 100 billion neurons in the human
    brain, the same number of stars in our galaxy
  • Neurons Cells of the nervous system called nerve
    cells specialized to carry messages through an
    electrochemical process
  • http//www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_abo
    ut_the_brain.html
  • http//faculty.washington.edu/chudler/cells.html

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  • After age 30,
  • the brain shrinks a quarter of a percent (0.25)
  • in mass each year.
  • http//www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_abo
    ut_the_brain.html

8
Jensen, Eric. Teaching with the Brain in Mind.
Alexandria ASCD Curriculum Development, 2005.
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Shaunas Story
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Shellies Story
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Two Sides of the Brain
  • Logic (Left)
  • Starts with the pieces first
  • Parts of language
  • Syntax, semantics
  • Letters, sentences
  • Numbers
  • Analysis linear
  • Looks at differences
  • Controls feelings
  • Planned structured
  • Language oriented
  • Future-oriented
  • Technique
  • Sports (hand/eye/foot placement)
  • Art (media, tool use, how to)
  • Music (notes, beat, temp)

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Two Sides of the Brain
  • Gestalt (Right)
  • Sees whole picture first
  • Language comprehension
  • Image, emotion, meaning
  • Rhythm, flow, dialect
  • Image, intuition
  • Intuition estimates
  • Looks at similarities
  • Free with feelings
  • Spontaneous fluid
  • Feelings/experience oriented
  • Now-oriented
  • Flow and movement
  • Sports (flow and rhythm)
  • Art (image, emotion, flow)
  • Music (passion, rhythm, image)

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What is Brain Gym?
  • Brain Gym is a series of quick, fun and
    energizing activities.
  • These activities are effective in preparing any
    learner for specific thinking and coordination
    skills.

17
What does the ideal classroom look like?
  • How do you feel about what you have heard today
    about what is ideal?

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WATER
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The brain is made up of
  • 77-78 Water
  • 10-12 Lipids
  • 8 Proteins
  • 1 Carbs
  • 2 Soluble Organics
  • 1 Inorganic Salts
  • http//www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/fun_facts_abo
    ut_the_brain.html

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WATER
  • Water is an excellent conductor of electrical
    energy.
  • 2/3rds of the human body (70) is made up of
    water.
  • Psychological or environmental stress depletes
    the body of water

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WATER
  • All other liquids are processed in the body as
    food, and do not serve the bodys water needs.
  • Working with electronic equipment (e.g. computer
    terminals, TV) is dehydrating to the body.

23
WATER
  • All academic skills are improved by adequate
    hydration.
  • Water intake is vital before test-taking or at
    other times that possible stress is anticipated.

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CLEAR
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BRAIN BUTTONS
  • The Brain Buttons (soft tissue under the clavicle
    to the left and right of the sternum) are
    massaged deeply with one hand while holding the
    navel with the other hand.

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BRAIN BUTTONS
  • Stimulate points for 20-30 sec. or until
    tenderness is released.
  • May change hands to activate both hemispheres

27
BRAIN BUTTONS
  • Activate the brain for
  • Sending messages from right to left hemisphere
    and vice versa.
  • Receiving increased oxygen.
  • Stimulation of the carotid artery for increased
    blood supply to the brain.

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ACTIVE
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CROSS CRAWL
  • In this contralateral exercise, similar to
    walking in place, the student alternately moves
    one arm and its opposite leg and the other arm
    and its opposite leg.
  • Cross Crawl is the ideal warm-up for all skills
    which require crossing the bodys lateral midline
    because it accesses both brain hemispheres
    simultaneously.

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CROSS CRAWL
  • Activates the Brain for
  • Crossing the visual/auditory/kinesthetic/
  • tactile midline
  • Left to right eye movements
  • Academic Skills
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Reading and Comprehension

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POSITIVE
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HOOK-UPS
  • Hook-ups connect the electrical circuits in the
    body, containing and thus focusing both attention
    and disorganized energy.
  • The mind and body relax as energy circulates
    through areas blocked by tension.

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HOOK-UPS
  • The figure 8 pattern of the arms and legs (Part
    One) follows the energy flow lines of the body.
  • The touching of the fingertips (Part Two)
    balances and connects the two brain hemispheres.

34
HOOK-UPS
  • Diffuses anger, fear and emotional stress by
    diffusing the fight/flight brain and drawing
    energy up to the rational, higher order thinking
    brain where we are able to see both sides,
    another persons point of view, feel compassion
    and personal responsibility

35
HOOK-UPS
  • Part One
  • Sitting, cross the left ankle over the right.
  • Extend arms before you, crossing the left wrist
    over the right.
  • Interlace the fingers and draws hands up toward
    his chest.
  • Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax for
    about a minute.

36
HOOK-UPS
  • Part Two
  • When ready, uncross legs
  • Touch the fingertips of both hands together.
  • Continue to breathe deeply for about another
    minute

37
HOOK-UPS
  • Activates the brain for
  • Emotional Centering
  • Increased Attention
  • Cranial Movement
  • Academic Skills
  • Clear listening and speaking
  • Test-taking and similar challenges
  • Work at the keyboard

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The Teenage Brain
  • Recent neuroscience says hormones are only
    partly to blame for bad choices
  • Biggest reason for bizarre teen behavior is the
    rapid and massive structural changes occurring

40
The Teenage Brain
  • Teens need time to catch-up to whats happening
    in their brain
  • SLEEP is when this catch-up takes plans and when
    the teen brain organizes and stores new learning
    (Wolfson Clarkson, 1998)

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The Teenage Brain
  • Most areas of the brain are under major
    construction during adolescence
  • Changes are similar to those happening in and
    infants brain

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The Teenage Brain
  • Implications regarding mood, attention, sleep,
    learning, and memory
  • Be succinct Give directions one at a time be
    straightforward, not sarcastic, circuitous or
    patronizing
  • Use modeling Teens need concrete and realistic
    models let students debrief and think through
    explanations in guided discussions

43
The Teenage Brain
  • Be a coach Repeat decisions and offer options to
    be brainstormed with coaching
  • Most teens are unable to recognize the universe
    of options available as a result they LIE they
    cant see options to they lie to get out of a
    bind
  • Help guide them through tougher decisions with
    discussion not lecture

44
The Teenage Brain
  • Be understanding rather than judgmental
  • Socially, teens are less able to distinguish
    between the emotions conveyed by facial
    expressions (Killgore, Oki Yurgelun-Todd, 2001)
  • Be tactful
  • Until 16-18, students have difficulty grasping
    nuances

45
The Teenage Brain
  • Cut them some slack
  • Teens need consequences, but punishments should
    be approached carefully (sometimes their brain
    cant help them avoid doing stupid things)
  • Sometimes, just let them sleep
  • Adolescents need more sleep 7-9 hours

46
The Teenage Brain
  • Be clear about the danger of substance abuse
  • Young brains are highly receptive to the effects
    of drugs at this age
  • The greatest risk for alcohol and tobacco
    addiction occurs between 12-19 years

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Thank you!!
  • Remember to
  • Drink Water Laugh Often!
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