I've been fascinated by the recent research that's been done on the brain, and how it relates to kids and learning.
I'm linking up with some of my teacher/ blogging friends with
Two Stars and a Wish:
Two tips and one idea for improvement!
Here are a few ways I use what I learn in the classroom.
Brain research teaches us that students can only hold 2-4 chunks of information at a time. With all the procedures and routines that need to be taught, there will have to be plenty of built in breaks! Breaks can be anything from a quick stretch, vigorous exercise, or just a change of pace. Try this Back to School Brain Breaks freebie to help out with the need for breaks while teaching all that important information!
Brain Research also teaches us that students will "buy in" to procedures and rules if they have part of the decision making process.
I have managed to type up my class rules before school starts, and convince the kids they came up with them! Check out this freebie- Class Rules: Building as a Community to see how I do this!
One of the toughest things for my little ones to master is those basic Math facts.
I have been on the search for the "perfect" way to help the kiddos learn their basic addition and subtraction facts, and I think I'm getting close.
Brain Research tells us that making connections to prior knowledge helps students remember information. It also teaches us that brains remember best using color, movement, and visuals.
I've used these Addition and Subtraction Practice and Assessments in the past, and found this system to be the most successful way to approach learning facts.
The facts are taught one concept at a time, in fact families.
There are 8 different color coded concept sets, each introduced one at a time. Each set has cute visuals to match fact families.
The practice sets and assessments can be easily differentiated, as most children learn at a different pace. Each color set can be further broken down so no child has too much to learn at once.
I have added one new component that I think will put the finishing touches on this set of practice cards and assessments: brain breaks!
If you are interested in Addition and Subtraction Practice and Assessment With Brain Breaks, you're in luck. I'll be giving two away today (Sunday) on my facebook page, and I've got it at 25% off until Wednesday!
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