A Tool Kit of Brain-Compatible Strategies


  • We are beginning to understand why commonly used strategies work, and we need to select the strategies that fit with out students.
  • 'Writing is nature's way of letting us see how sloppy our thinking is." Writing can help students explain their thinking and also show teachers if they are thinking correctly.
  • After watching a memorable film or set of pictures in a class, students can create creative pieces such as
    • dialogues
    • poetry
    • stories
    • newspaper editorial or eulogies
    • speeches
    • letter
  • Writing like a scientist within the scientific theory process.
    • directions
    • observations
    • hypotheses
  • Opportunities for writing are in all curriculum areas
    • Journal writing as the mathematician who developed a concept
    • Free writing to define a social problem
    • Exit tickets to respond to daily lessons
      • I'm still confused by...
      • The one thing I'll remember about today's lesson...
      • What I understood that I didn't understand before
      • How does something I learned today fit with something I learned before
  • Mnemonics are still a great technique. They fit with brain research.
  • Peer teaching: sometime the best way to reinforce learning is attempt to reteach it to a peer. For example, partners A and B both try to teach the concept just taught by the teacher to each other. They can decide who learned and taught the best.
  • Periodic student-made review of material taught. Students can run a weekly review of the week's objectives. As they work to develop the review, they are learning the material. Teachers provide support and structure such as worksheet or game requirements.
  • Any hands-on activity like experiments, field trips, guest speakers will always enhance learning.