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"Sit and Get" Won't Grow Dendrites

"Sit and Get" Won't Grow Dendrites
20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain

Second Edition

June 2012 | 192 pages | Corwin

Make professional learning unforgettable!

Teaching busy adults can be a daunting task. How do you grab their attention, make material memorable, and create experiences that immediately improve their professional practice? Expert Marcia Tate knows how adults learn best and shares 20 professional development strategies that work.

What you'll find in the 2nd edition:

  • 20 brain-based learning strategies proven to engage adults and boost long-term retention
  • 150 professional learning activities that spark educator participation
  • New findings on learning styles, brain research, and adult learning theory
  • References to the Learning Forward Professional Standards
  • Key differences between adult learners and younger students
  • Samples of professional learning designs
  • Sections devoted to job-embedded practice, peer coaching, and action research
  • Guided reflection and application sections

Perfect for staff developers, trainers, teacher leaders, and educational consultants, "Sit and Get" Won't Grow Dendrites shows you how to deliver high-energy learning experiences that impact adults for years to come.

Praise for the First Edition:
"Marcia Tate brings the same enthusiasm she has for working with adults to writing for adults. This is a book all trainers could benefit from, study, and keep accessible in their tool chest."
—Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
Learning Forward

"This is THE must-have staff development text for all education professionals. This book doesn't lecture on what to teach. Rather, it offers a plethora of methods to help adults learn. This is the ultimate 'how to teach how to teach' resource."
Journal of Staff Development

About the Author
Introduction: Adult Learning Theory
1. Brainstorming and Discussion
2. Drawing and Artwork
3. Field Trips
4. Games
5. Graphic Organizers, Semantic Maps, and Word Webs
6. Humor and Celebration
7. Manipulatives and Models
8. Metaphors, Analogies, and Similes
9. Mnemonic Devices
10. Movement
11. Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap
12. Project-Based and Problem-Based Instruction
13. Reciprocal Teaching, Cooperative Learning, and Peer Coaching
14. Role Plays, Drama, Pantomimes, and Charades
15. Storytelling
16. Technology
17. Visualization and Guided Imagery
18. Visuals
19. Work Study, Action Research, and Professional Learning Communities
20. Writing and Reflection
Resource A: Professional Learning Lesson Design
Resource B: Sample Professional Learning Lesson Designs
Resource C: Tips for Making Your Professional Learning Unforgettable
Resource D: Secrets for Looking Younger, Staying Healthier, and Living Longer

"The focus is on teaching busy adults and creating experiences that reinforce learning: new findings in brain research, learning styles, and differences between adult and younger learners make this a powerful, recommended pick for any adult education collection." 

Midwest Book Review, September 2012

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