Engage the Brain: Cooperative Learning, Technology, and Writing Strategies

Based on the work of Marcia Tate

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In this course, learning style theory and brain research have been synthesized into a number of practical, interactive, and fun instructional strategies which take advantage of the way all brains learn best.

Based on Marcia Tate’s bestselling “Growing Dendrites” series, during this course you will learn about six strategies: writing, drawing, cooperative learning, discussion, technology, and reciprocal teaching.

You will explore the research as to why they work and see teachers implementing them across the curriculum. You will also be able to reflect on each brain-compatible strategy and think critically about ways to incorporate them into teaching, create lesson plans that incorporate keys ideas of brain-compatible teaching, and deepen your understanding of key concepts and strategies discussed within the readings and demonstrated in videos.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate strategies to include writing, drawing, cooperative learning, discussion, technology, and reciprocal teaching in your classroom, and
  • Create a supportive environment for students to try strategies for themselves and provide a rationale for why these strategies meet the unique learning needs of students.


Course Modules Include:

  • Module 1: Implementing Discussion and Cooperative Learning
  • Module 2: Effective Implementation of Drawing and Writing
  • Module 3: Using Technology
  • Capstone

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Purchase 15-hour course