Teaching children reading and math is more effective when teachers use core teaching strategies which apply brain science to support learning.
At Teacher Support Force you will find brain-appropriate techniques and strategies which I have developed and used for applying brain science in the classroom with my own students for the past 29 years.
The brain learns best when it feels safe.
Because this is so important, I have included detailed information about creating an effective learning environment by lowering stress and limiting distractions in the classroom. Giving attention to this aspect of teaching children reading and math matters to the brain so please think seriously about providing a brain-friendly place where your children can learn more easily.
Art, music, drama, and movement can improve and enhance learning.
There are many ways to integrate the aesthetics into the curriculum. Not only do they support learning, but they are also critically important for children who are right-brained (and most often left-handed.) Drawing, singing, acting, and dancing should all be part of the learning process. Kids love these activities - and so do their brains!
Problems with memory and focus can be treated.
Often problems with memory and focus prevent children from being as successful as they could be. There are brain-appropriate strategies for helping children improve in these areas as well, especially children with ADHD.
Language is necessary for thought.
Children need language, and that means they need to be learning words - LOTS of words! Most experts agree that they need to learn at least 1000 each school year! The creation and use of word walls in both reading and math can help deliver these words to kids.
Math is a language
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It's here! It's finally here!
Summer is a great time for everyone to recharge the batteries and relax. It's also a great time to help children practice the skills they learned in school during the year - especially reading skills.
Summer reading loss is real, and it is important for us all to make the commitment to help children hang on to the progress they made in school.
Summer Learning Loss: What Teachers Can Do
Teachers have an obligation to educate parents and raise their awareness of the importance of providing some sort of learning activities for children during the summer months.
Car games and activities can help children be successful in school this year. Among these fun learning games are rhyming games and memory games for children.
Benefits of Play
The benefits of play are many because for children, play and learning are one in the same. Certain types of play can help your children learn, so let the games begin!
Reading together is one of the best ways to help your child be successful when he/she returns to school in the fall. It is a great time to bond so snuggle up together with a good book!
Want to read more about brain science and learning? These resources provide a wealth of dependable information in a variety of formats.
Smartphone or Ipad
Zite – short for “Zeitgeist” (the spirit of our times)– matches stories to your personal interests then delivers articles to your smartphone or tablet. The more you read, the more closely it is able to tailor the content to your interests.
www.dana.org– The Dana Foundation is a private organization which funds brain research and maintains an excellent website of recent findings.
Brain Pickings – These articles, delivered by email, are meant to “enrich your mental pool of resources and empower you to combine them into original concepts that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful.”
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