* BrainSMART Teaching Stratagies
Donna Wilson PhD, Author
Former Teacher, Psychologist, &
Teacher Educator
Co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S.
focused on Brain-Based Teaching
with Nova Southeastern University
www.brainsmart.org
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* Objectives for this Session
* Learn BrainSMART
strategies for teaching.
* Use some of our graduates
favorite strategies.
* Experience why modeling
is important for teaching
and student learning.
* Acquire content for
possible sharing with your
students’ parents.
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* Meet D’Jon McNair
 I learned important
information from my
study of mind,
(psychology) brain, &
education and
strategies for helping
my students achieve
more academic
success…
 Effective Teaching, Successful
Students
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An Example:
Your Stories from Yesterday
Wiring in stories prepares
children for reading
success. They internalize
the structure of stories
from our home culture.
Then they learn to read
about others. You might
want to share with parents.
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Retention Probability Index
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Adapted from Sousa, D. (1995). How the brain learns.
Reston, VA: National Association Secondary School Principals.
Meet Teacher
Aaron Rhode
 “The H.E.A.R. strategy is
so important for me to
teach I usually teach it at
the beginning of school
each year. We practice it
often.”
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BrainSMART Strategy: H.E.A.R.
H.alt
E.ngage
A.nticipate
R.eplay
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Retention Probability Index
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Adapted from Sousa, D. (1995). How the brain learns.
Reston, VA: National Association Secondary School Principals.
Transfer to Reading
Ensure reading success with
strategies to get students
motivated to read each day!
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Strategy: Chapterscape
 Let students act out key
elements of a favorite
book chapter
 Use nonlinguistic learning
 Great way to build
elements of a story
 Develop plot, characters,
and motivation
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Strategy: Character Smart
Making meaning with visual
and kinesthetic
experiences
 Student selects a
character from a book
 They then prepare and
perform a short dialogue
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Example Character Smart
Dressed in a large blue windbreaker with a couple of
pillows a fourth grade boy changed himself into
Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory. After creating a brief script he summarized
his dilemmas in a two minute perfomance.
(Adapted from the work of Richard Allington)
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Strategy Reading and Oral
Language Development: Talk Show
 Students pretend to be a
character from a book.
 They are interviewed on a
talk show.
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Strategy for Families:
Thinking Strategy (Prediction)
 Parents can help students to become expert at
predicting by practicing this skill during
commercials (mute, recall, and predict). For
example, when watching a video or movie ask what
do you think will happen next?
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The Whole Child
The body, mind, and brain
system are one. So, at school we
should respect that our students’
mind and brain systems need to
be able to move some throughout
their learning day so they are
ready to learn with all systems
‘go’ for active minds-on learning
like this boy.
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* SMART Pegs
One of 60 BrainSMART
Strategies in Introductory Teaching Text
Memory
Principles Used
Location
Imagination
Celebration
BrainSMART: 60 Strategies for
Increasing Student Learning
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* Strategy: Smart Pegs
Content: 10 Foods For Health and Learning
Blueberries
Nuts
Salmon
Broccoli
Bananas
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Frozen Yogurt
Olive Oil
Brown Bread
Spinach
Tomatoes
Retention Probability Index
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Adapted from Sousa, D. (1995). How the brain learns.
Reston, VA: National Association Secondary School Principals.
Examples of Transfer Across
Content Areas
 Use the number of pegs needed for …
 Help students understand how well they can learn
and remember.
 Parts of speech.
 Continents of the world
 You decide based on your students and content!
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* Meet Deanna Evans:
Thinking Strategies Are Keys to Success
 “I am developing a plan to
teach my middle school
students how to develop
thinking skills for literacies
and life. This is the most
important thing I can do
for them.”
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* BrainSMART Strategy: Teach Comparisons
(1 of 25 of Our Thinking for Results Strategies)
Comparisons is a basic
core cognitive skill
for increasing
student
achievement.
Students need to
learn to compare
spontaneously.
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Choose Your Food Choose Your Mood
Protein
Dopamine
Alert
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Carbohydrate
Serotonin
Sleepy
* Comparisons
can be a matter of life and death.
HDL “Healthy”
Removes LDL and
Reduces Risk of Heart
Disease
LDL “Lousy”
Linked to
Increased Risk of Heart
Disease
Source: Real Age
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* Comparisons - Drinks
 Soda – 8 oz.
 Mineral Water – 8 oz.
 10 Teaspoons Sugar
 150 Calories
 Sugar – 0
 Calories – 0
 1 ½ Miles
 Miles = 0
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* Comparisons - Pizza
 Pizza Hut Tossed Veggie
Lovers – 3 Slices
 Papa John’s All
Meats – 3 Slices
 Calories 550
 Total Fat 14
 Saturated Fat 6
 Calories 1, 180
 Total Fat 78
 Saturated Fat 27
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* Comparisons – Fast Foods
 Subway’s 6” Sub
 260 Calories
 5 Grams of Fat
 1 Gram Saturated Fat
 2.6 Miles
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 Cheese Fries with Ranch
Dressing
 3,010 Calories
 217 Grams Fat
 91 Grams Saturated Fat
 30 Miles
* BrainSMART HealthWise Results
Brookshire Elementary School
* Results of Study
* Vegetable group
+54%
* Fruit group
+83.2%
* Fat/oil/sweet
32.8%
2.62
4.59
2.68
Source for Evaluation: Drs .Wang
and Byers at the University of
Central Florida for Winter Park
Health Foundation
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Non Linguistic Strategy:
BrainSMART Plate
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Summary: A Few of the Teaching
and Learning Strategies You’ve
Learned
 Selected Strategies
 Importance of Modeling
 Teaching with Passion, Stories &
Strategies
 “Chunking” 8 Minute Rule
 Using Experiences in Classroom
 Teaching Thinking Strategies
 Educating Parents: Practical
Optimism, Thinking Strategies,
Movement, & Nutrition
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 Location and Non-Linguistic
Strategies for Memory
 Memory Scape and SMART
Pegs
 Positive Learning States
Gratitude and Appreciation
 Listening [HEAR]
 Comparisons
 Structured Movement
 Leadership Can Propose
Good Nutrition for School
* Think, Talk, and Share as a Way to
Remember What Is Studied
Information and experiences
go into long-term memory
when we are engaged in
thoughtful dialogue.
Pair and dialogue what you
learned in our session
today.
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