The Learning Brain

a site devoted to furthering the understanding of neuro-educaiton

Resources and Suggested Readings

WEBSITES

http://www.ndgo.net/sfn/nerve/  (Society for Neuroscience’s searchable database for educators and parents)

http://www.ianjukes.com   (Blog on digital learning trends, resources and presentations)

http://brainconnection.positscience.com  (Collection of information about the brain and learning)

http://dana.org/  (site on recent finding in neuroscience – be sure to check out their webcasts and audio archives for some fantastic interviews with leaders in the field!)

BOOKS

Wolfe, Pat (2010) Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice, 2nd edition, ISBN# 978-1-4166-1067-0

Nevills, Pamela and Wolfe, Pat (2009) Building the Reading Brain, PreK – 3, ISBN# 978-1-41296-326-8

Glick, Margaret (2011) The Instructional Leader and the Brain: Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice, ISBN# 978-1-4129-8822-3

POWERPOINTS

An Introduction to Brain Research and Learning

The Reading Brain

SfN Neuroscience Core Concepts PowerPoint

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Looking for a workshop?

Drs. George and Lynette Zimmer practicing public school superintendents have a variety of presentations to share with those interested in brain research and learning.  Some of Workshops can be as little as an hour or as long as a week.  Email us at: zimmerlynette@yahoo.com

Topics include:

Brain Research and Learning

While the brain is not the largest organ in the body, it is certainly the most complex.   In this session participants will explore the basic structures of the human brain and how these structures can be optimally primed for learning. Participants will explore the essential principles of neuroscience and how new, exciting research is translated into relevant classroom practice.  Along the way, participants will examine the intertwining roles of memory, meaning, emotion, and attention into the overall learning process.

Technology and the Brain

How has technology impacted the brain development of students and what does the rapidly changing digital landscape mean for classroom teaching?  Today’s students are simply not the students today’s teachers were trained to teach.  The brains of today’s students have developed differently.  Participants will explore how technology has reshaped children’s brains particularly in the areas of visual perception, social skill development, and reading.   Participants will also understand what skills are necessary for students to master in our globally connected world.

Reading and the Brain

Ever wonder exactly how the brain learns to read?  Why does reading come easily for some students while others continue to struggle even into adulthood?  In this workshop, participants will enrich their understanding of how the brain processes language.  Participants will explore the relationship between brain development, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.