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Facilitating Learning Using Best Practices

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christina victory

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Facilitating Learning Using Best Practices
1. Build Relationships
with Students
Lay the Foundation

I begin each school year by showing interest in my students
with a student questionnaire, genuinely showing that I care to learn about each one of them.
Most of them want you to know WHO they are and
where they come from.

2. Establish Positive,
High Expectations
Lay the Foundation

Clearly stated high expectations are then set.
They are positively stated and positively discussed with examples provided.

Examples are related to
work ethic and learning.

1. Engage, Inspire and Motivate Students Using Stories of Success
Brain Bit 1:
Students Need a Safe Environment How Can We Lay the Foundation for This in the Classroom?
1. Build Relationships with Students

2. Establish Positive, High Expectations

3. Provide Opportunities for Students to Build Relationships with Each Other
Brain Bit:
Emotions Have an Impact on Learning -
I honor this to support learning
in the classroom.
Engage, Inspire and Motivate
Students Emotionally using:
1. Stories of Success
3. Videos
4. Words of Encouragement
and Support
Liz Murray ~ From Homeless to Harvard
2. Engage, Inspire and Motivate
Students Emotionally
using Quotes
Quotes are used in
a variety of ways in the classroom.
Posting them around the classroom
provides an uplifting atmosphere.
Using thought-provoking positive quotes for
warm-ups for written reflections provide
an opportunity for students to think about their emotions and write about their feelings. Lastly, quotes are sometimes incorporated into assignments.
3. Engage, Inspire, and Motivate Students using Videos
Brain-based research tells us that when students feel positive feelings, their brains are more receptive to learning.

Lessons are sometimes begun with a video-clip followed by discussion OR a written reflection.
Some Websites for video-clips:

Some great videos:

Steve Jobs Commencement Speech
3 Stories - Use one Daily
Pursuit of Happiness Movie Clip
Evian Commercial
Virtual Choir - Amazing Unexpected Use of Technology
4. Engage, Inspire and Motivate
Students Emotionally Using
Words of Encouragement & Support
Words of encouragement such as,
"You can do this! I know you can!"
go along way with students, especially
those who are struggling.
extra support
is offered in addition to words of encouragement,
lower level learners can sometimes
have a break-thru and make great strides.

Reward good and improved performance through recognition of "stars"
and/or "badges".
Brain Bit 3: Relaxed Alertness is a Preferred State: "High Challenge and Low Threat".
What are ideas to incorporate
this in the Classroom?
1. Create a warm, caring, child-friendly
classroom culture.

2. Build from easy and low risk to higher
challenge and low risk and finally to higher risk.
Early successes build confidence.
Videos are relevant to today's generation.
Brain Bit 4: The Brain Seeks Patterns,
Meanings and Relevance ~
How can we apply this in the Classroom?
1. Provide the BIG Picture.
2. Provide opportunities to SORT information.
3. Provide opportunities to compare & contrast.
4. Use lesson components that are current and relevant to 21st century learners.
Based on Brain-Based Research
By Christina Victory, Educator,
Northwest Guilford HIgh School, November 2015
Brain Bit 5: Active Learning and Enriched Environments Grow Dendrites. ~
Best Practices to Incorporate
Active Learning?
1. Using manipulatives &
hand motions.

2. Using interactive educational technology.

Brain Bit 6: Social Relationships
are Important.

Cooperative Learning can be the
break-thru some students desparately need!
I strive to include paired or group activity in the classroom at least every other day.
Brain Bit #7: We have many memory pathways.
How can we reinforce these?
Use Graphic Organizers, Anchor Charts, Sorts,
and Compare & Contrast to make connections in the memory pathways in the brain.
3. Provide opportunities for students to interact and develop relationships with each other.
Students feel more safe and ready to learn if they have a positive connection with
other students
Planned activities are provided to allow students to have meaningful conversations with each other.
Day 1: Interview Lesson Plan
1. Create a warm, caring,
child-friendly classroom culture.
Greet students at the door daily.
Use bright colors on bulletin boards, and let natural light enter the room.
Use bright colored paper whenever possible
2. Build from easy and low risk to higher
challenge and low risk and finally to higher risk.
Early successes build confidence.
Move students up the pyramid of Bloom's Taxonomy.

However, keep risk low at first as challenge and rigor increase,
so students can experience successes.

Successes when risk is low can lead to confidence for higher risk challenges.

www. socrative.com is a great tool for informal and formal assessments.
The brain needs to make sense of a topic before it can process the details of that topic. Try these ideas to help establish the BIG Picture:
Provide vivid analogies for your students of the topic.
Try acting out the BIG idea dramatically with visuals.
Find a video to introduce the topic with graphics and animations.
Assign a web quest for students to explore using the vast knowledge of the web.
Lastly, remind students that when a new topic is introduced, it may take time for our brains to begin to absorb the information, so be patient and stay open.
1. Provide the BIG Picture.
2. Provide Opportunities
to SORT information.
Sorting information helps the brain make sense of the information and locate patterns. Learning is enhanced.

Two tools for sorting:
1. Quizlet.com - SCATTER game
2. Sort It Bulletin Board
3. Provide Opportunities
to Compare & Contrast
Comparing and Contrasting information moves your students up the Blooms Taxonomy pyramid to ANALYZE.

The thought process helps a brain find patterns and further meaning and increases rigor.
4. Use lesson components that are current
and relevant to 21st century learners.
Any elements of my lesson that I can relate to current music, movies, video games, social media, sports or current fashion trends (appropriately) have potential to appeal to and provide relevancy for high school age students.

Also polling students to give them a voice is a powerful tool. When they choose an option it becomes quite relevant to them.
1. Active Learning using
Manipulatives & Hand Motions
Manipulatives can enhance learning especially for tactile learnings.

Laminated "tickets" and foldables are both manipulatives used in the classroom.

Also, simple hand motions can help
form a memory that lasts.
There is a very large variety of interactive educational technology on the web today. Most students LOVE using technology in the classroom and at home!

Here is a list of some favorites:
and the list goes on and on.
2. Active Learning Using Interactive Educational Technology.
Foldable of Raster and Vector Graphic File Formats
Community Board
Students take poll in EDMODO
Students use magazines to find examples
Anchor Charts
Anchor Chart as Matrix & Foldable

Graphic Organizer
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