5 Strategies for Brain-Targeted Teaching
The teacher is in a classroom full of students, and most of them are not interested in what you are going to teach. Many of them don’t pay attention to what is being said in the classroom. Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning.
Learning only occurs when the student can connect new information to old information. Teaching someone how a car works is pointless if they don’t know what a car is.
Here are some strategies that may help organize lesson plans for brain-targeted teaching.
1. The brain feels before it thinks. So build an emotional climate for learning. Try to connect with your students when they come into your class by making eye contact, greetings, and taking a moment to chat before diving into the lesson.
2. The brain longs for originality, freshness. Create new physical environment. Make regular changes in your classroom such as seating arrangements, wall displays. Inventory your learning space and note where it’s possible to modify things such as lighting, colors, etc.
3. The brain finds connectivity between the known and the unknown. Plan your lesson such that students can find a pattern between what they know and what they are about to learn. Give students the big picture; visually represent the connections between previous knowledge and new learning; indicate relationships among learning goals.
4. Make way to the long term memory. In order for information to be retained it must make its way from short-term to long-term memory. Use the arts as a tool to enhance and reinforce learning goals.
5. Learning from Feedback. Assessments provides feedback that informs and motivates students; retrieval of information recruits memory systems, reinforcing memory for that information. Feedback has to be useful, timely; flashcards, self-quizzing (no looking at the answers), space learning, and more.
This article in inspired and contains excerpts from an article on TeachThought.com. Read the original here.