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Brain-Compatible Learning for the Block

Brain-Compatible Learning for the Block

Second Edition

February 2008 | 224 pages | Corwin
Brain-Compatible Learning for the Block 2e, provides middle school and high school educators with practical ideas and strategies for teaching effectively within block schedules. The authors explore how to use block scheduling to support brain-based learning and show teachers how to structure lesson planning, instruction, and assessment to take advantage of extended class periods. The revised edition offers updated research related to brain-based learning and block scheduling, includes expanded guidelines for developing extended lesson plans, and provides additional strategies for making the most of block scheduling.
List of Tables and Figures
About the Authors
Introduction: Tools of the Trade
1. Physiology and Philosophy
The Brain's Structure and Function

Brain-Compatibility and Multifaceted Learning

Brain-Compatible Learning Climate

Sample Four-Phase Lesson--What's On Your Mind?

Reflective Questions

2. Four-Phase Lesson and Unit Design

Four Phases Assist in Schema Development

Essential Questions


Internal Structure

Integrated Assessment

Compare/Contrast Four-Phase Lesson With Traditional Lessons

Benefits of Four-Phase Lesson Design

Planning a Unit and a Lesson

Reflective Questions

3. Extended Time Formats Including Block Scheduling
Time for Brain-Compatible Learning

Alternative Scheduling Formats

Sample Four-Phase Lesson: Can Prejudice Kill a Mockingbird?

Reflective Questions

4. Content and Curriculum
To Cover or to Catalyze Learning?

Prioritizing Curriculum in Extended Time Formats

Brain-Compatible Curriculum

Sample Four-Phase Lesson: Circles That Cycle

Reflective Questions

5. The Art and Science of Teaching in Extended Time Formats
Opportunity for Growth and Change

Energizing Educational Principles

Brain-Compatible Instructional Strategies

Professional Learning Communities: Pathway to a New Paradigm

Reflective Questions

6. Assessment: Measuring Achievement and Growth in Extended Time Formats
The Right Stuff

Caught in the Act of Learning: Authentic Assessment

Assessment for Learning

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Testing Matters

Assessment in Four-Phase Lesson and Unit Design

Sample Four Phase Lesson: Science Schmience or Who Framed Sir Isaac

Reflective Questions


"Educators who teach in a school system that utilizes block scheduling will find this text interesting and useful."

Melissa Awenowicz, Coordinator of Field Placement
University of Pittsburgh

"Provides a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the teacher when teaching in the block, explains what a brain-compatible class looks like, and gives sample lesson plans. Useful for all middle school and high school teachers who are teaching in some form of block schedule."

Randy Thompson, Educational Consultant

Sample Materials & Chapters



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ISBN: 9781412951845