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Brain Based Teaching

A group of educators interested in maximizing student potential through the use of brain-based teaching techniques. Teach to the way the brain learns best!

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Google collaborative maps

Started by 7mrsjames Feb 27, 2012. 0 Replies

Hello fellow educators!  If you could spare a few minutes for our Food technology class- we are studying the changes in Food habits over the last 200 yrs of Australian history. If u have a google…Continue

Tags: map, Collaborative, Australia, foods, Staple

Teaching Metacognition: Be a guide on the side...

Started by Diane Dahl. Last reply by Maria R. Diaz Nov 19, 2011. 4 Replies

In her book, Wiring the Brain to Read: Higher-Order Thinking for Reading (2010, p. 9), Dr. Donna Wilson says, "While some teachers may see their role as the 'sage on the stage,' teaching students to…Continue

Tags: metacognition

Increase Study Skills and Test Performance through Predictions

Started by Diane Dahl Apr 17, 2011. 0 Replies

Making predictions utilizes the higher-order thinking skills of our frontal lobes.  Teach students the metacognitive power of predictions to ensure interest, motivation, as well as current and future…Continue

What does the research say?

Started by David Wees. Last reply by Sue Hellman Apr 2, 2011. 3 Replies

I'd love to know more about what the research says on how the brain works when learning is happening. I've been using some simple examples with my students that I know, and I'm finding it really…Continue

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Comment by Angie Rumsey on March 23, 2011 at 1:56pm

I like your rubric.  My partner teacher and I tell the kids that they need to have the word "because" in their thinking stem.  This helps them "explain" their thinking.


I'm so glad you're finding success with the stem!  My partner teacher came up with the idea and formulated to what we use now.


I also like your summary rubric as well.  I find even in Third grade they struggle with summaries.  They either give too much info or not enough.  Sometimes they focus on elements that are not really that important or they assume you know something.



Comment by Angie Rumsey on March 22, 2011 at 11:29am
I'm taking a look at them and I'll get back to you.  Thanks!
Comment by Diane Dahl on March 14, 2011 at 6:16pm

Here's one for the book summary...

Summary Rubric

Comment by Diane Dahl on March 14, 2011 at 6:15pm
Angie, what do you think of this thinking stem rubric?  Feel free to make changes. Thinking Stem Rubric
Comment by Diane Dahl on February 26, 2011 at 6:56pm
Here's a link to the latest pipe cleaner post: Wildly Successful Metacognition Lesson
Comment by Diane Dahl on February 26, 2011 at 6:53pm
That's great to hear John!
Comment by Diane Dahl on February 26, 2011 at 12:23pm


Here's a link to my blog about the first pipe-cleaner lesson

I'm going to do an update soon.  The pipe-cleaner brain has really grown!

Comment by Angie Rumsey on February 26, 2011 at 12:07pm

Diane,  great job!  I want to hear more about the pipe cleaner activity.  I think I'd like to borrow that!



Comment by Diane Dahl on February 26, 2011 at 10:10am
Here's an article about my class in our local paper.  Edmond Sun Article
Comment by Diane Dahl on February 13, 2011 at 6:29pm
They do love to see themselves on film!  :)

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