Practical Suggestions from Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen
Enriched Environments for the Brain
Two critical ingredients in enrichment are challenge and feedback.
- Provide choices in the learning process: student’s option to select the complexity or type of a project, components, videos, partners, seating or the final format of the expected end result.
- Rotating individual and group work, drama, music, presentations, self-directed work, computers, guest speakers and travel to a new locations.
Getting the Brain’s Attention
- Use contrast to get attention
- A change of location is one of the easiest ways to get attention. Teachers or students can move to the back or side of the room or go outside.
- If appropriate, switch classrooms with another teacher for one class or a day.
- Provide a rich balance of novelty and ritual. Novelty ensures attentional bias and ritual ensures predictable structure for low stress.
- For novelty: play surprising music then students bring in something that makes music the next day. Students present learning to one another, then in small groups.
- To get attention; make a change in your voice, use props, bells, whistles (I use a train whistle) singing, music. Intersperse the novelty to ensure the higher attentional bias. (No need to become circus performers. Use only once or twice a day.)
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