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Stress: How the Brain Responds to Traumatic Events

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.

What Does Research Tell Us About the Importance of Teacher-Student Relationships?

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.

Why is Reciprocal Teaching a High Impact Method of Instruction? Part II

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.

Candidate for California State Superintendent to Hold Center Stage at 2018 EdShift Conference

The ultramodern, $160 million environs of the Wiseburn High School campus, home of Da Vinci Schools, in Los Angeles will serve as the backdrop for the 2018 EdShift Conference taking place Monday, April 9. It will also be an exemplar of the event’s focus for this year – the effects of High-Impact (Humanized) Learning Environments on K-12 education. During the one-day conference, attendees will take a guided tour of the 210,000-square-foot space and hear from instructional experts as well as guest speaker, Marshall Tuck, candidate for California state superintendent.

How Do We Learn and How is Information Stored in Long-term Memory?

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.

Why is Reciprocal Teaching a High-Impact Method of Instruction?

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.