Monday, October 15, 2012

Lesson Planning

My lesson planning is designed so that students can retain the information presented.  Students learn better and more efficiently when their axons are firing and with the release of endorphines.  One of the reasons we get students out of their seats to participate and engage in activity is to get their endorphines flowing.  Students can make better connections to material that is taught in an integrated way, rather than as isolated bits of information.  Brain-based learning research has shown that the brain grows and adapts in response to external stimuli.  When developing lesson plans, teachers must design learning around student interests and make learning contextual.  Teachers should structure learning around real problems, encouraging students to also learn in settings outside the classroom.  In my classroom, students are taught using many interdisciplinary connections which include science, computers, language arts, fine arts, geography, global history, and health.

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