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Fierce Teaching
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Fierce Teaching
Purpose, Passion, and What Matters Most

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July 2008 | 120 pages | Corwin

"The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn to their maximum potential."
—Deborah Alexander-Davis, Educational Consultant

"Teachers will benefit greatly from Jensen's knowledge and understanding of many complex topics."
—Beverly Ginther, Staff Development Coordinator
Minnetonka Public Schools, MN

Empower students' learning with core teaching principles and brain-friendly strategies!

New educational ideas, theories, and trends materialize every year, but what core principles actually dictate student success, and which strategies reliably create lasting learning?

In this invaluable resource, noted brain expert Eric Jensen shows educators how they can achieve consistent, positive learning outcomes using powerful brain-compatible teaching methods. Based on exacting criteria, these methods comprise the physical, social, environmental, and neurological factors that influence learning. This reader-friendly model covers both process and content and identifies specific characteristics of successful strategies, providing techniques that are:

  • Easy to learn and implement
  • Adaptable for differentiated instruction and individual learning styles
  • Applicable to all grade levels
  • Teacher-tested and proven to deliver results in any school setting
  • Aligned with current brain and cognitive science research

True mastery of teaching comes with understanding and employing the fundamental principles of learning. This book provides the knowledge, strategies, and action steps that teachers, teacher leaders, and mentors need to help all students reach their full potential.


 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Strategy Number 1. Body and Emotional Connections Made
Body-Mind Emotional Engagement

 
Five Key Emotional States

 
Safety

 
Vesting

 
Connection

 
Alertness

 
Hope

 
 
Strategy Number 2. Feedback and Error Correction
The Importance of Feedback

 
A Case for Feedback Styles

 
Using Feedback Types

 
What Makes Feedback Work So Well?

 
Feedback Should Be Reliable

 
 
Strategy Number 3. Input-to-Output Ratio
Who's Doing the Learning?

 
The Truth About Time in Learning

 
Mastery of Material Through Time

 
The Brain's Perspective on Learning

 
Working Memory

 
Consolidating the Learning

 
Hippocampus Overload

 
Cortical Limitations

 
How Does the Need for Time Translate Into the School Day?

 
The Importance of Rest Time

 
 
Strategy Number 4. Elaboration for Depth
What Is Elaboration?

 
Preparation for Elaborative Learning

 
Elaboration Categories

 
The "How-to" of Elaboration

 
Five Elaboration Strategies

 
Elaboration Alternatives

 
 
Strategy Number 5. Recall and Memory Management
What Makes Purposeful Memory Encoding So Good?

 
Seven Approaches for Repetition to Get Memories Encoded

 
Pre-exposure

 
Priming

 
Prior Knowledge Activation

 
Post-viewing

 
Guided Practice

 
Revision With Links

 
 
Strategy Number 6. Content Coherence
What Is Coherence?

 
Texts With Coherence

 
Teaching for Coherence

 
Increasing Key Structural Knowledge

 
Experiential Learning

 
Semantic Support

 
The Use of Models

 
S-U-P-E-D Up Learning

 
Sleeping on It

 
 
Strategy Number 7. Environmental Management
The Four Environmental Domains

 
Physical Environments

 
How Do Environments Affect Us?

 
Indoor Air Quality

 
Acoustic Quality

 
Classroon Lighting

 
Classroom Temperature

 
The Social Environment

 
Social Influences on Our Brains, Bodies, and Lives

 
Positive Social Structures Work Miracles

 
Independent Learners

 
Classroom Dialogues to Build Social Structures

 
Social Status Strategies in Motion

 
Academic Climate Management

 
The Five Success Factors

 
Celebrate and Affirm the Learning

 
Life-Path Guidance

 
The Use of Traditions

 
Instructional Variety

 
Student Asset Building

 
Managing the Cultural Environment

 
The Culture of "Success" Is All About Achievement

 
The Counterculture of Success Is That of Disengagement From the System

 
The School Culture of Character Values Such as Responsibility, Honesty, and Fairness

 
The Counterculture to Character Is Rebellion

 
The Culture of Being Respected and Being Somebody

 
The Counterculture Exists Where Students Disrespect Others

 
Building Positive Cultures

 
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn to their maximum potential.”

Deborah Alexander-Davis, Educational Consultant

“Teachers will benefit greatly from Jensen's knowledge and understanding of many complex topics.”

Beverly Ginther, Staff Development Coordinator
Minnetonka Public Schools, MN

“This book deals with a stimulating topic for educators and is simple to understand.”

Lori Grossman, Instructional Coordinator
Houston Independent School District, TX
Key features
  • The book strategies and tools that empower educators as confident teachers and empower students to excel academically
  • The book offers teachers a new way of thinking about learning, with the seven "make or break" principles
  • Every one of the principles matter enough that alone each one can make a difference between a student learning and not learning
  • Educators can easily read, digest, and implement the strategies immediately
  • Educators want to succeed and this book helps them understand and use the core principles and strategies that drive learning
  • Focuses on key principles and classroom-proven strategies that help all learners achieve their fullest potential
  • Every chapter offers specific action steps that any educator or school can implement for positive change

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