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I will use the games on the Neuroscience For Kids. The games were good, and I think the kids would have fun as well as learn about the brain. I enjoyed the jigsaw puzzles. After students have a chance to play some of the games we would discuss what they showed us about the brain.The other resource I liked was the list of books. I liked the biographies suggested and think it would be great literature discussion starters. It would give another purpose for reading. After reading, the books they could be motivated to do their best because by perseverance they can achieve. I have used The Little Engine that Could many times with students to motivate them when things seem difficult. The biographies would also be good. Wilma Rudolph has always been inspiring to me. I would like to use the biography suggested about her.
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I first tried the anchor activities website listed at the bottom of p. 150 and was disappointed when it just showed a page that said coming in 2014, but didn't take me to anything. I'm not sure what happened there. I did do a search though and found a good resource for anchor activities so I am still glad I tried that one.
I looked at ThinkFun next. I really like that site. I'm interested in getting a game or two for my own first grader so she can start to practice with these challenging games and we can start having some discussions on perseverance and growing her brain. It did have at least one game, a dice game, that you can play on the computer for free, so that was nice, too.
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Having looked at all the websites in the back of the book, except for the 3 that no longer exist, I think I like brainfacts.org best. The videos are informative, short, and fun. I especially liked the one on octopus brains. Some of the videos would be great for previewing a brain-related topic. Some of them could also be used as regular non-previewing parts of a lesson. You could also download all the relevant videos to make a kid-safe classroom video library where they could research and learn on their own.
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There were several online resources, books, and games I could implement in my classroom. I already purchased a few ThinkFun games and books Ricci discussed for my own children (Amazing Grace and Your Fantastic Elastic Brain). If I go back to teaching, I already have these resources for my classroom. Some of the books are also read aloud on youtube, which would be another great way to share it with students. I really liked the website, NeuroScience for Kids. It’s a great resources for lesson plans, anchor activities (brain games, TV show and science fair projects) and bell ringer materials for me to begin class with. It’s important for students to make the connection of the subject taught with real world examples. I liked how the website had an “In the News” link. These would be great articles to use as bell ringers to peek students interest and get them ready to learn about the brain, growth mindset, animals, etc. The website was even available in Spanish and several other languages for my ESL students. Synaptic Tag would be a blast and get the students outside for some exercise too!
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The resource I would pick to use is the Cassiopeia Project. The website includes videos about many different areas of science. I could use some of them as a way to introduce concepts to students and spark their interest in the material they will be learning. Also, videos can be a good way to reach those visual learners. After watching the videos I would ask the class questions to check for understanding.
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I am so excited to find some of these resources:
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiousity, and the Hidden Power of Character How the Brain Learns Spontaneous Happiness Train Your Brain to Get Happy Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain I have already started reading Mindest: The New Psychology of Success and Outliers: The Story of Success I also want to use the website http://www.thinkfun.com Lots of fresh new ideas to build on!! __________________ S. Braddock
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Wonderful resources. I think I would start with Neuroscience for Kids. The site has a Brain Awareness Week with lessons that could be used at any time. Would be a great way to start science.
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I am going to utilize the BrainChildBlog(Mind Up). I am very interested in how one school actually uses the Hawn Foundation’s MindUp curriculum. I ordered the book after reading about it within this book. Though the book is interesting, having current teachers giving their experiences with the ability to interact is quite beneficial.
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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. ThinkFun had many amazing games that I know my son would love to get his hands on (Brainteasers, Gravity Maze, and Laser Maze just to name a few) as well as my husband who teaches 6th grade ELA. Several of the websites I will be suggesting for our Science and Health teachers. I also want to read Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen. __________________ StephC.
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As I mentioned before, as a computer teacher, I will definitely allow students to go to thinkfun.com and play as a mean to encourage them to learn perseverance and develop reasoning abilities. Once I introduced them to the site, I will use it as a reward tool as they finish projects before other students, for those who perform well on tests, etc. Why as a reward tool? Because my district just gave each student a Chrome Notebook and knowing my students, if they can't play at school it will entice them to play at home. Therefore, it will be a win-win practice.
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Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for your Classroom
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I would use one of the Print Resources given, "Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom" by David Fisher and Nancy Frey. This title suggests the enhancement of a growth mindset. It includes various ways to use formative assessments. These will enable me in determining if the students have mastered the concepts and objectives of the lesson.
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After reading an excerpt from "Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, I am going to order this book and start implementing the ideas presented. Many of the students I teach come from families who are struggling to just get by. The parents, seldom intentionally, are not there to help their child succeed. Their lives are so busy, they forget that their children need encouragement during times of failure rather than chastisement. From personal experience, I know what it's like to be told, "Well, you failed. You'll never achieve your dreams." I want my students to know there is someone behind them pushing them and showing them how to get beyond failure and find the success.
__________________ Julie S
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I’d really like to incorporate some of the children’s books mentioned in the resource section of this book, in particular “You Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It”. Student will be able to connect to picture books and the message in them, especially if we make a point to have a discussion on growth mindset. Personally, I would like to read some of the books mentioned in the resource section. School has started, and I failed to really create a Growth Mindset climate in my classroom. Since it is my first year, I’m not too upset since A) there is always next year and B) it’s never too late. But I think if I read some of the books such as “Teaching With the Brain in Mind” by Eric Jensen, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character” by Paul Trough, and several others, that they will help me accumulate skills to develop such a mindset in my classroom. __________________