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Making All Kids Smarter

Strategies that help all kids reach their highest potential.
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Jennifer Davies

on 5 August 2016

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Transcript of Making All Kids Smarter

Making All Kids Smarter:
Strategies That Help All Kids Reach Their Highest Potential
Brain- Compatible Classrooms
Growing dendrites actually is what makes a person smarter
The more branches on the neuron tree the smarter the student.
Dendrites grow during the phase of learning, when kids are actually doing something. That is, for children to get "smarter" that have to be actively involved

Three output activities related to learning content
1. TALK about the content
2. WRITE about the content
3. MAKE, CREATE or BUILD SOMETHING about the content
output
Whoever Does The Work Gets Smarter
Unless students are engaged in one of the three output activities they are not growing dendrites.

Whenever teachers or parents do something for kids that they are able to do for themselves, the are robbed of the opportunity to get smarter. Teachers are already smart. Now, it is time to let the kids get smart!
Six Components of
Brain- Compatible Learning
1. Brain Food
2. Faster Pace
3. Music
4. Room Environment
5. Attention Span
6. Stress and Fear
When 1/3 are finished, announce that they have just a moment or two for the rest to finish, then pick up the work and move onto the next activity. Within a minute or two usually a 1/3 more of the students will finish and within a few seconds, most will be done.
Pick Up The Pace
Underexplaning Assignments
As teachers, we tend to talk too much. Try telling students quickly what they need to do, then let them get started..

Giving procedural directions only once has a strong impact on motivating students to listen the first time. The more we answer questions about "What page?" and "What book?" the more we inadvertently train students not to listen the first time.
we can't control what kids eat, by we can have conversations with them about healthy choices
playing musical instruments helps the brain process mathematics

play classical- its based on patterns and repetition (no lyrics)

play when students are writing, practicing math problems, during art and for the start of the day

avoid music during reading or when directions are being given

add to students cultural literacy by highlighting the works of great composers and artists
Remember: whoever does the work grows the dendrites- this applies to to the room environment as well- have the kids do as much of the creation of the visuals as possible

every visual must in some way relate to the content

display vocabulary related to curriculum content - but have the students rather than the teacher print the words
The brain shuts off if not actively involved
Create frequent opportunities of student output, such as talking, writing, or making something
add three minutes to the age of the student and that's about how long he or she can sit still with no output activity
Fear of loneliness
Fear of looking stupid
Fear of failure
Think Links
Take 5 cards and write 1 vocabulary word from your subject on each.


Take one card from your set. The rest are placed face down in a pile. The top card is turned over.

Take turns trying to make a "Think Link" between the last card played and one in their hand.
students try to make a link between two possibly unrelated cards, this adds complexity to your vocabulary lessons
Word Links
Icons of Depth and Complexity
Creativity : Fluency, Flexibility, Viability
How many uses can you think of for the object below other than the intended use
keep it open ended
Book Study
Sept. 3 and Sept 24th 4:00pm - 5:00pm
a vocabulary activity that encourages the creative use of language
begins with a "seed" word

students find 2 alternate meanings for each word as they move down the diagram

once you have arrived at the middle of the diagram the thinking skills shift from remembering and understanding, to analyzing and creating

students must create a link between two words, following the lines of the diagram

last, create a link between the last word and your "seed word" and explain the reason for the last two links
Watch the rare spider video through icon lenses
jot down notes using icon categories
fill in Kaplan icon frame
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