New Blog, The Brain Guru, Helps Teachers Understand How the Brain Works to Increase Student Learning
Sponsored by Penda Learning, TheBrainGuru.org looks at the Brain's Plasticity and How Brain-Based Learning Can Maximize Student Potential
(Media-Newswire.com) - November 8, 2012 – Recent advances in educational neuroscience studies show how little about our learning is hard-wired after all, and that the strategies and tools we use to teach, can either enhance or impair a student’s achievement. Today, The Brain Guru blog launches ( www.TheBrainGuru.org ), exploring how we can maximize a student’s potential by employing brain-based research strategies to increase student learning.
Teachers have all experienced the challenge of helping those children who work laboriously on a task, fall short of success and end up feeling hopeless. Authored by twelve-year brain researcher, teacher, administrator, presenter and Chief Academic Officer at Penda Learning, Nina Kuhn, the goal of The Brain Guru is to share strategies, insights and tools to help every child who struggles with learning succeed. Every week, Ms. Kuhn will offer a “Weekly Brain Byte” that looks at new findings and applications of brain-based learning, both inside and outside the classroom, as well as tips and best practices.
According to neuroanatomist and author Marian Cleeves Diamond’s article in Mindshift Connection, ( vol. 1, no.1 ), “While the 1990’s were slated as the decade of the brain and brain developments, the search for enhancing higher-order thinking skills and cognition continues. Educators need to remember that no two brains are alike, and that a diversity of enriching environments and tools are greatly needed in order to meet the needs of all of the learners in the classroom.”
“As a teacher, I have seen so many students who have never experienced success and felt like a failure. For the past twelve years, I have been completing extensive studies in brain research and learning and have been actively investigating how brain research, learning, and the Response-to-Intervention process can work collaboratively to assist learners in reaching their academic potential,” said Kuhn. “As a survivor of Lou Gehrig’s disease, I have lived the struggle and felt that profound feeling of hopelessness – having to relearn how to speak, walk, write and persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. This blog will look at the theories and applications of brain-based learning and how it can help every child learn and move to a place of hope.”
The Brain Guru Blog is sponsored by Penda Learning ( www.pendalearning.com ), where Kuhn is the chief academic officer. Penda is an online standards mastery science and math resource for grades 4-10 that is based on the latest brain research, differentiated instruction, and learning strategies. Brain-based research tells us that a child’s self-concept, engagement, and effort are tied to achievement. As such, Penda is designed to authentically engage students, allowing them to create avatars and choose friends, thus facilitating an emotional connection to their learning.
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