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Engage-o-Meter (Reflexion tool for lesson planning)
v Real-life connections.
v Gives student control and choice.
v Challenging but achievable
v Arouses curiosity
v Allows for collaboration
v Experiential, hands-on
v Incorporates higher order thinking

Middle School Journal Research Articles
Implications of Brain Research for
Teaching Young Adolescents
By Lucinda M. Wilson & Hadley Wilson Horch

Classroom activities that are most compatible with attention and memory are
  • Designing project-based units of study where students ask critical questions and then
develop their own projects to find the answers, such as interviewing people who have
experienced the Great Depression or the Holocaust.
  • Using simulations to involve students in understanding various points of view or discussing
complex ethical issues.
  • Playing music that links memory to specific learning tasks. Rythmic patterns are effective
memory tools for learning, and music is a great medium for facilitating young adolescents
to make sensorimotor connections.
  • Having students write reflectively every day to reiterate and consolidate learning.
  • Posing visual and word problems or puzzles to challenge thinking so that students learn
that there are many ways to solve a problem or puzzle. This type of thinking strengthens
the neural connections and gives students more confidence in their abilities to tackle
  • Using physical challenges to solve problems and build collaboration. Low ropes courses and
other physical/mental problem solving involve the mind and body in learning and team
  • Involving students in real-life apprenticeships. Students shadow workers in various jobs or
learn skills in a short internship that either connects to an area of study or helps them
understand one of the problems they have posed themselves and are interested in finding
  • Using peer collaboration or cooperative learning helps broaden students’ understanding of
issues and promotes group problem solving.
  • Developing integrated curriculum that encourages students to raise issues and concerns
and then weaves those thematically into all disciplines.

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Resource Books:

Crawford, Glenda Beamon. Brain Based Teaching with Adolescent Learning in Mind. Edition 2. Sage Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1412950198
Presents the newest research on the adolescent brain and offers a framework for linking brain-based teaching to students' social, emotional, and cognitive needs.

Springer, Marilee. Memory 101 for Educators. Corwin Press, 2006. ISBN 1412927730

"Practitioners can use the information easily and effectively. My goal as a teacher is to simplify learning. This book does that very well."

(Carrie Jane Carpenter, Teacher )

"Provides excellent examples of remembering a list, mind maps, webs, and other graphic organizers." (Linda Winburn, Teacher )

"Fresh and inventive.... the author's use of story provides a strong background for understanding important memory issues and strategies, and it also provides a rich context for further growth." (Steven Wyborney, Teacher )

"A `popular' book that will be helpful to educational practitioners as well as to other adults... Readable, academically accurate, and creative." (Burt Saxon, AP Psychology Teacher )

Jensen, Eric. Brain Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching. Corwin Press, 2008. ISBN 1412962560.

“This book is filled with classroom implications and instructional suggestions based on research. Classroom teachers, school administrators, professional development trainers, college/university faculty, and parents will all benefit from this information.” (Andrea Rosenblatt, Associate Professor )

“I have used the information from this book in many of my training sessions. The ‘What This Means to You’ sections translate technical information into everyday language for the reader. This is truly a book that has made-and will continue to make-a contribution to the field.” (Steve Hutton, Area Coordinator )

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Discover a learning approach tuned to the brain’s natural way of learning. These strategies help reduce discipline problems, overcome learning difficulties, and increase graduation rates.

Scaddan, Michael A. 40 Engaging Brain Based Tools for the Classroom. Corwin Press, 2008. 1412949149.


"Scaddan has collected many positive, easy-to-read ideas that should be helpful for educators." (Eric Jensen, Educational Consultant )

"It is great to read a book that honours the art and science of teaching and learning. Read it. Use it. Carry it from school to school, classroom to classroom for decades. This book is a backpack full of ideas, strategies, and activities to enhance brains and enrich hearts." (Glenn Capelli, Churchill Fellow )

"This is the missing link in so many of our schools' curriculum. Scaddan sparks the joy of learning in children and builds relationships between teachers and learners. A must-have for administrators, teachers, counselors, and anyone interested in understanding what it takes to make a difference." (Nancy G . Peterson, Educational Consultant )

Product Description

This guide converts current findings on brain research into fun and effective techniques for introducing brain-compatible learning and improving test results in the K–12 classroom.

Caine, Renate Nummela et al. 12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles in Action: Developing Executive Functions of the Human Brain. Corwin Press, 2008. ISBN 1412961076


"Validates researchers’ and educators’ commitment to scholarly, research-driven practices that are proven in the field." (Dorothy Lee Gottshall, Instructor )

“An excellent resource for teachers striving to improve student achievement by focusing on how the brain learns. I will be able to reach more students and enable them to have deeper understandings than they would have had I not read this book. The information is timely and relevant, and the need for this information will not lessen as time goes by.” (Marcia Carlson, Sixth-Grade Teacher )

"For those educators passionate about practicing their craft, this book provides a blueprint for deliberate, thoughtful, and engaging teaching strategies. It is a must for anyone concerned with the question of how to be more effective in the classroom." (D. Allan Bruner, Science/Math Chair )

"Brings back the importance of teachers and what they do every day. It was empowering to receive validation for the way I ran my classroom. This book is full of scenarios, significant points, questions to ask yourself, steps to take, and bridges to the practical." (Pattie Thomas, School Improvement Specialist )

Product Description

With updated research, revised sections on leadership, and new anecdotes, this second edition helps teachers and students reach higher performance levels based on how the brain learns.

Philip, Raleigh. Engaging 'Tweens and Teens: A Brain-Compatible Approach to Reaching Middle and High School Students. Corwin Press, 2007. ISBN 1890460494

"A remarkable blend of scientific and practical strategies. Full of heart, creativity, scientific veracity, and wisdom. A must-read for all educators who want to get inside the teenage brain." (Eric Jensen, Author and Consultant )

"Discusses a variety of neuroscientific findings relevant to classroom teachers and their students, and includes many practical tips. A tremendous resource for educators and parents!" (Eric H. Chudler, Director of Education and Outreach )

"Masterfully distills brain research into easily understood concepts, connecting each to simple teaching methods that lead to peak academic performance." (Jeff Haebig, President )

"Explains the latest advances in neuro-cognitive science and supports them with practical classroom applications. This book demystifies the what, why, and how of brain-compatible teaching." (Sheryl Feinstein, Author, Secrets of the Teenage Brain )

"Easier to read than most, because of the excellent text structure, illustrations, and attractive layout. This book can be used as a 1-chapter, 20-minute study with an application strategy; such a mini-workshop exercise can be both fun and instructive." (Teacher Librarian, April 2007 )

Product Description

Gain a solid understanding of the basic neurobiology behind adolescent behaviors and invigorate your teaching practices using music, movement, and brain-based activities.