Ever since the horrific events of September 11, 2011, it appears that there have been more and more violent acts occurring around the world than ever before. The massive shootings, even within our own school systems and places of worship, have spread fear and terror throughout our community. So, how do we help our children understand what is happening and teach them how to cope with it? First we need to understand why the brain reacts the way it does and then figure out a way to handle it all.
When there is a positive teacher-student relationship, students feel safe and there is a strong bond of trust within the classroom. Students are not afraid to take risks and understand that making errors are all part of the learning process. Students are more likely to feel positive about school and have a greater chance of developing a true love for learning.
One of the goals of teaching is to help students understand and retain what they learned in class. Retention rate here refers to the amount of information retained from a lesson. The lower the rate, the less the person remembers about the lesson, thus the higher the rate, the greater chance the student has in retaining or recalling the information. As explained in Part I, one way to increase retention rates is by activating more regions of the brain. One of the easiest ways to do this, is to teach the lesson to someone else, thereby elaborating on what they had just learned.
Learning is the act of making (and strengthening) connections between thousands of neurons forming neural networks or maps. While memory is the ability to reconstruct or reactivate the previously-made connections. So, when we learn something new, we’re actually creating new connections between our neurons. And when we want to remember something, we call on those neurons to become activated so we can recall what we’ve learned before.
Studying. Retention. Homework. Not only do teachers and students have a vested interest in these topics, but parents also desire information on how they can become actively involved in helping their children become successful in school. By using a technique called Reciprocal Teaching, students can easily improve their retention rates.
The schools of Volusia County School District reflect this diversity, but they share one common problem, as identified by Saralee Morrissey, Director of Planning for the district.
Jolette McDonald was a cashier at a grocery when she would be asked a question that would change her life. “How many half-gallons of milk does it take to make a whole?”
Covenant Day School is committed to doing more, more for their students and more for those in need. Faced with crowded classrooms and capped enrollment the decision was made to build a new high school.