Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Title of course:  Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections

Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections



Unit 4: Different Learners, Different Minds

Students put a thermometer inside a jacket to test their prediction that it will get warmer, the longer it stays inside.

Warm Jackets Generate Heat?

Interviewer Michael Filisky asks students to predict what will happen when a thermometer is wrapped and left inside a warm jacket. Their experiences with... (Section 1)

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See how Gallaudet University, by creating an environment that is fully adapted to the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, turns tables on hearing people.

Turning Tables at Gallaudet University: What is "Normal"?

Hearing is not the norm at Gallaudet University. It is a university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The campus is fully adapted for life without sound.... (Section 2)

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Professor of education at Adelphi University, Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism at 18 months. He describes the role his parents and teachers played to help him develop into who he is today.

Success Story: Dr. Stephen Shore

Educators supporting students with autism face many challenges in providing them with a meaningful education. Dr. Stephen Shore, Professor of Special... (Section 3)

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Neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik have studied professional magicians, pointing to some ways that teachers can better hold students' attention.

Attention and Magic

Attention is the neural mechanism that enhances our sensitivity to things that are important and, at the same time, reduces our sensitivity to distractions.... (Section 4)

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Mathematics educator, Bob Speiser, demonstrates a 15c algorithm for multiplication, showing how it is less taxing on working memory than traditional multiplication.

Working Memory and Attention

Mathematics educator, Bob Speiser, demonstrates the 15th century Treviso algorithm for multiplication, proves why it works, and shows how it is less taxing on... (Section 5)

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A study by Dr. Matthew H. Schneps shows that while people with dyslexia have difficulty with reading, which involves central vision, they have an advantage with peripheral vision.

Implicit Learning

Implicit learning can be measured by how much we improve with repletion—for example, on the speed at which we complete a task, such as finding a target... (Section 6)

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Success Story: Kent Sinclair

Kent Sinclair is an attorney and partner in the Boston Office of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. As a dyslexic, he strives to help other adult dyslexics share experiences... (Section 7)

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Success Story: Dr. Alexander Goldowsky

Dr. Alexander Goldowsky taught elementary school in the inner city and is director of museum programs and exhibits at the EcoTarium, a science museum in... (Section 7)

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Success Story: Dr. Todd Rose

Dr. Todd Rose is a research scientist with CAST and a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education, teaching Educational Neuroscience. He lectures... (Section 7)

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Success Story: Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin is associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Dr. Grandin is... (Section 7)

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Neuroscientist Tami Katzir (University of Haifa) is working with Brooke Smith, who has only his right hemisphere, to find out how he reads at all.

Reading with Half a Brain

Brooke Smith had the left side of his brain removed at age 11. Phonology is believed to be located in the left side of the brain. Therefore, it is astonishing... (Section 8)

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