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Learning and the Brain Professional Development Planner and Resource Package

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A comprehensive resource package designed to assist educators -how the young brain learns.
Visual MaterialsBookVHSCassette
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Scaffolding: Self-Regulated Learning in the Primary Grades

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Demonstrates methods for teaching young children to self-regulate their learning and how to develop learning skills. Based on the teachings of Lev Vygotsky.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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VHS
1994
Ivy (By Request)
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Growing Minds: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

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Explore intellectual development that takes place in the first five years of life using interviews and demonstrations.
VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
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Piaget's Developmental Theory: An Overview

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Combines archival footage of Dr. Jean Piaget with newly shot footage of Dr. Elkind conducting interviews with children of various ages. Serves as an introduction to Piaget's work.
VHS
1980; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
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Classical and Operant Conditioning

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Presents theories of learning from the behaviorist viewpoint through explanations of classical and operant conditioning. Includes footage of laboratory experiments and examples from everyday life.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Further Approaches to Learning

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Explores alternative approaches and explanations of learning. Emphasizes the recent move towards a Cognitive Theory of Learning and examines the current research in the area. Includes archival film featuring B.F. Skinner and Dr. Robert Epstein, who demonstrated apparent "insight" learning in pigeons using behaviorist techniques.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Vygotsky's Developmental Theory: An Introduction

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Presents Lev Vygotsky's early childhood learning theories and demonstrates them in classrooms. Development, according to Vygotsky, cannot be separated from its social context: it is misleading to evaluate children only on what they accomplish independently.
VHS
1994
Ivy (By Request)
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Early Childhood Cognitive Development: Weighing the Evidence

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Deoes early brain stimulation really build a better baby? ABC News interviews experts on the subject and provides a thoughtful discussion among experts in the field.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Conceptual Thinking [electronic resource]

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Focuses on concept maps as tools for helping students learn. Joseph Novak explains how students learn by assimilating new concepts into their already existing frameworks. Takes a teacher step-by-step through the design and process of concept mapping. Shows concept maps being used in a variety of different ways in mathematics and science lessons.
Online
1999
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Conceptual Change [electronic resource]

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Explores the role played by prior knowledge in the learning of new science ideas. Demonstrates that only when a new idea is understood, accepted, and found to be useful does it begin to be exchanged for a previously held scientific belief. Examines how teachers ideas about teaching and learning may be altered as they engage students in strategies designed to promote conceptual change.
Online
2000
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Learning to Listen [electronic resource]

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Studies students learning-in-progress and discusses ways to assess the development of their science content and process skills. Shows how to provide students with the feedback needed to help them refine their ideas, and develop and test their science questions.
Online
2000
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Special Considerations [electronic resource]

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Discusses specific classroom management issues for a variety of student backgrounds and learning differences.
Online
1997
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Surprises in Mind [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that mathematical creativity as expressed in art, architecture, music and industry is built into the brain and can flourish under the right conditions. Reviews the remarkable 12-year study, led by Professor Carolyn Maher of Rutgers University, that followed students from first grade through high school to demonstrate the brain's surprising natural abilities for learning math.
Online
2001
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Identifying What Students Are Learning [electronic resource]

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Investigates ways to evaluate student learning in and through the arts. Shows teachers using arts-based performance tasks to assess student understanding.
Online
2005
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Reflecting on Our Practice [electronic resource]

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Explores methods for assessing instructional practice in arts-based instruction. Films teachers reflecting alone and interacting with colleagues to evaluate and refine their planning and teaching. To conclude, the discussion group models a protocol that allows teachers to draw on the expertise of colleagues to refine their practice.
Online
2005
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Revealing Character [electronic resource]

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A Language Arts teacher and a Visual Art teacher ask eighth-graders to demonstrate their understanding of a novel's characters by creating unusual ceramic place settings.
Online
2005
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Breathing Life Into Myths [electronic resource]

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A Language Arts teacher draws on puppetry techniques and help from her school s theatre teacher to engage her sixth-graders in exploring Greek myths.
Online
2005
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Two Dance Collaborations [electronic resource]

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In a first-time collaboration, a dance teacher and a science teacher explore the laws of motion with a seventh- and eighth-grade dance class. At another school, a dance teacher and a math teacher work with sixth graders on imaginative interpretations of the idea of circles.
Online
2005
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Constructing a Community [electronic resource]

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A Visual Art teacher and a Social Studies teacher use the distinctive architecture and history of their school s neighborhood to help eighth-graders see their community in a new light.
Online
2005