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40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom by Michael A Scaddan

By Michael A Scaddan

This advisor converts present findings on mind examine into enjoyable and potent ideas for introducing brain-compatible studying and bettering try out ends up in the K–12 lecture room.

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After repeated individual practice time, we incorporated it into a full cast rehearsal with continued success. The cast knew the difficulties that he had been experiencing and gave him a spontaneous round of applause. Hamiora’s eyes lit up, and he was now ready to confidently move to the next challenging point. These were all pegged in turn, and by show time Hamiora was ready to perform to the very high standards that he was capable of. He has since gone on to be a very impressive public speaker at the high school level, winning several age grade competitions in both English and Maori language.

Use the same process to state what you agreed or disagreed with in the past lesson. • While sitting with a partner, wrap string around your finger as you recap the lesson. The sensation of winding is good for tactile learners. • Another tactile technique uses a length of thin rope or material. The learner retells main points by tying a series of knots. He then holds each knot in turn and retells the main points to a partner. 49 50 DEVELOPING PATTERNS AND COHERENCE • Sit in a circle and pass a ball of wool around.

This could become part of the Rules, Guidelines, and Agreements process (see Tool 3). • Develop a multi-faceted life-skills program that teaches self-discipline and social skills on a schoolwide basis (see Part III: Promoting Understanding). If we don’t punish a learner who cannot read, why do we punish them when they lack social skills? 29 ENHANCING RELATIONSHIPS Skills for Life (formerly detention) at Te Puna School 500 450 400 Number of Students 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Total Roll All staff trained as counselors Professional development emphasis on school tone Game of School Skills for Life Programs introduced “I Care” program; rewards abolished 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Zero tolerance 30 Students on Detention BEHAVIORAL CHANGES In 1996 the school roll was 387 students ranging in age from five to thirteen years.

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