Engaging the Student Brain

Based on the work of Marcia Tate.

Available Formats:
  • 30 Hours


Knowing the instructional content and understanding student learning styles won’t make a different unless students retain that content. Put the power of brain science to work for your students. In this course you will learn how to use brain-compatible strategies, based on Marcia Tate’s bestselling “Growing Dendrites” series, to engage students and boost their learning and retention.


In this course, you will:


  • Gain insight into powerful strategies for constructing and teaching lessons across multiple content areas and grade levels.
  • Determine how to combine strategies for greatest impact with different types of learners.
  • Learn how to create an environment rich for learning that will engage all learners, including those who exhibit challenging behavior.
  • Discover how to apply a straightforward approach for evaluating your current lessons and making each one more "brain-compatible."
  • Access videos, eBooks, templates and interactive tools to bring strategies to life and support educators' learning at every step.

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Course Modules Include:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Implementing Discussion and Cooperative Learning
  • Module 2: Effective Implementation of Drawing and Writing
  • Module 3: Using Technology
  • Module 4: Using Humor and Games
  • Module 5: Implementing Manipulatives, Experiments, and Technology
  • Module 6: Effective Use of Organizers and Visuals
  • Module 7: Using Mnemonics and Word Play
  • Module 8: Implementing Movement and Drama
  • Module 9: Using Visualization and Storytelling
  • Module 10: Using Music and Rhythm
  • Module 11: Implementing Project-Based and Real-World Learning


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