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"Educators teach students, not curriculum. It is time to meet students where they are, expect the best from all of them and provide opportunities for each and every student to succeed." page 146

Take a look at the resources listed in Chapter 10 (pages 147-150). Pick one to review. Give a brief description of the resource and how you plan to use it in the future.

Maggie Susong
ATPE Member Engagement Coordinator

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I really like the Cassiopeia Project website. You can find free videos about any science subject. The videos help students see just how something works. Most videos are short and easy to understand. I found the videos easy to download and view on any device. I can definitely use these in the classroom. I can also pause the video to ask questions, check for understanding and reteach if needed.
Laura Niehues

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The author gave lots of great online resources, but my favorite that I bookmarked is neuroscience for kids. A fun website with a wealth of information and lots of other resources about the brain.  There is a part of the website (brain basics) that is a good place to get some nice notes to introduce kids on how the brain works. I like the puzzle games! I can see my students having fun with those.   


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While the games offered in "ThinkFun" are not free, they are very reasonable on Amazon.  I would choose the games set for ages 5 and up, with one player at a time.  These games require concentration and I believe would make a perfect addition to games offered at the Math Center for Kindergarten to First Grade.  In particular, the "Balance Beans" created by a teacher in Finland, offer skills in logic, physics and elementary algebra all rolled into one.  The rules are simple enough, adding various weights to a scale to determine how to balance the scale at various levels.  This is a "must" for my centers next year.  
Rita Wilcox

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I want to read and apply David Sousa's HOW THE BRAIN WORKS. I heard him speak years ago and that would be a good way to refresh myself with his book and have us, as a class, learn about how the brain does work. Empowering the kids with information will help them in their learning. It may help me to be more aware of where my kids are when they shut down and say that they can't do something to enable me to help them understand what is going on in their brain so they can relax and be open to what the lesson is and not be afraid. I want a safe learning environment in my room so my students will be willing to take risks.


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I want to use: website has a good variety of free downloadable games.   

  • At the home page scroll down to Educators and Think Fun. 
  • Then click on Learn how ThinkFun games can help in the classroom and download free games and teacher resources.  
  • Lastly, click on downloadable games for free downloads of strategy, math, or logic games. 
  • And all help build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.   For example:  The Jumping Beans grades 3 – 4 is a classic sequential movement puzzle. 
I would use these games during my math tutoring sessions once a week.

And for my own personal understanding:  I would like to read Daniel H. Pink's The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

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Since I am an inclusion teacher, I plan to share several of these resources with the teachers that I work with. Primarily, I will share the "Thinkfun" website with the math teachers and the Cassiopeia Project with our science teachers. 

I love think games in "Thinkfun" and how they really make you think! I will suggest that for my inclusion students, that they work in groups on some of the math games to try and think through the problems. 

The videos in the Cassiopeia Project website are of just the right length and very vivid for introduction to units that the teachers will be covering.  

But, i plan on utilizing this entire book as a reference for myself, all teachers, and students I work with this year. Truly enjoyed reading and learning new ways to encourage students to push through when times get tough. 

Sherry Ayres

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In preparation for the school week ahead, I looked at the website. One video on its home page, ‘The Truth Behind “Brain-based” Learning’, targeted teachers. In 20 minutes a neurologist dispels 10 common myths. For example,  if we learn a student’s learning style, we can teach them better; we use only 10% of our brain; and some students are more left-brained, some more right-brained. All false.

Also interesting is that the neurologist, Janet Zadina, is a former high school teacher. In an article about her on the same website, she describes how to approach students who have suffered trauma. What looks like boredom, anger or disengagement could be the trauma.

Though not a science teacher, I have found a short Khan Academy video for Monday on how the brain grows more when we get a question wrong. This is a big takeaway from the book.

Tamra M.
M/S H/S Math Teacher

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After reviewing the online resources, I found that most of them would be great for public school science classes.  For my young adult students, I would like to focus more on the necessity to be a life-long learner (I got my teaching certification a few years ago at the age of 60) and the importance of a growth mindset.  We don’t show videos in the classroom, but I will print out the brain basics “Know Your Brain” from the National Institutes of Health. This will give me a visual presentation as I encourage and motivate students to progress and succeed. 

I looked through the print resources and noticed a couple that we’ve read on the ATPE forum.  These books have been a great help in understanding, and thus working with, the unique population that I have in my classroom.  I’ve also had a growth mindset, but was never able to articulate its importance to other staff and especially to my students.  I now have the ammunition.  Thanks so much!


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I plan to use:  Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain:  Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak.
I was impressed with the images of the illustrations I found; I ordered it to share with my class this year, and also my own children at home.  The words and illustrations appear to be simple enough for my early childhood classroom, while providing students with factual information about their brains. 

Also, I plan to research the site more thoroughly, as my oldest has been a fan of the Math Dice game.  Although it wasn't listed in the resource section of this book, I believe it has helped solidify math facts for him, while promoting perseverance and reasoning. Rush Hour looks like it may next on our list!

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I really enjoyed exploring the “think fun” website.  My students always enjoy any time they get to use the computers.  This website had a very good variety of educational activities for students of all ages.  I also really like how it had a good variety for different subjects.  I also will share this website with my students families to encourage them to use the website at home with their kids. 


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The ThinkFun website is a great resource.  It has a few downloadable strategy and logic games (brainteasers) which can be easily created and introduced into the classroom. This would be a good way to help students improve their reasoning skills - and not even know they're learning.  They also have resources for their Math Dice game ... we don't have the actual game, but their ideas can easily be adapted or simplified for use with regular 6-sided and 12-sided dice in order to help kids become more fluent with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

I'd love to add some of their games to our classroom resources for use when assignments are done early, during lunch, or indoor recess.  We have several Rush Hour games, and I'd like to research the others to see which ones to purchase this year. I think I may use the list that the author mentioned in Chapter 4 (Chocolate Fix, Brick by Brick, ShapeOmetry, and Math Dice, Jr.).  I'd also like to add a verbal game, perhaps Pathwords.

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"Educators teach students, not curriculum. It is time to meet students where they are, expect the best from all of them and provide opportunities for each and every student to succeed." page 146

Take a look at the resources listed in Chapter 10 (pages 147-150). Pick one to review. Give a brief description of the resource and how you plan to use it in the future.

There are actually two of the print resources listed that I'd like to review.  Both of them are books that I've read, but it's been a long time.  One of them is "Mindsets" by Carol Dweck and the other is "Thinking with the Brain in Mind" by Eric Jensen.  I remember reading both of those books and incorporating positive changes into my classroom because of things I learned from reading them, but it's been two years since I've been in the regular classroom so I feel I could definitely use a refresher.

Jennifer Goedken

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I am going to choose Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story resource.  Since it is an election year, and he was one of the candidates running, it will be really relevant for the kids to see that anybody can achieve their goals if they try!
Stacey Ward

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I will use the children's literature suggested. I am always looking for quality books to share with my kids. I love Amazing Grace because it shows how her mind is creative and sees things differently than a more analytical brain. The Little Engine That Could is perfect for the concepts in this book as it shows how hard work and persistence are the keys to success. Gifted Hands:The Ben Carson story serves to inspire and again promotes the idea of hard work. These books would be great accompaniments to discussions on the brain and the growth mindset.

Additionally, I will use the websites included. I especially like Neuroscience for kids. The games look really fun!
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