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Engaging All Students: An Introduction to WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING. WHOLE BRAIN. TEACHING. Workshop Facilitated by Maurice Azzano MA, BA, B.Ed. Maurice.Azzano@GeorgianCollege.ca. Please introduce yourself to your neighbour . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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EngagingAllStudents:AnIntroductiontoWHOLE BRAIN TEACHINGWHOLE BRAINTEACHINGWorkshopFacilitatedbyMaurice Azzano MA, BA, B.Ed.Maurice.Azzano@GeorgianCollege.ca

Please introduce yourself to your neighbour.Tell your neighbour what direction the ballerina is dancing.Clockwise?Counterclockwise?Both directions?Can you change the direction?

KEY QUESTIONS:Do my studentsbelieve they have the ABILITYto learn in my class?

KEY QUESTIONS:How doI knowthis to be true?

Do we perceive our students as they really are?Perception:What You See Is What You Get

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THIS HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING.7

THE LONGERI TALK THE MORE STUDENTS I LOSE!8

IVE GOT AN ENTIRE CLASS OF CHALLENGING STUDENTS!

THEY WONT TAKE PART IN DISCUSSIONS!

THEY CANT THINK CRITICALLY!

THEYRE NOT VERY GOOD AT PROBLEM-SOLVING!

ISNT THERE ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME??!!

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO TO ENGAGE MY STUDENTS 14

AND ENHANCE THEIR LEARNING.15

DO YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING REALLY DRASTIC?

TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT I NEED IS SOME MASSIVE DOSES OF WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING!

OMG! I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING IS!HELP!HELP!HELP ME!

DONT WORRY.WERE HERE TO HELP...BUILD RELATIONSHIPSBASED ON TRUST AND RESPECT.

THE FIVE FINGER CONTRACTSAFETYCOMMITMENTRESPECTRESPONSIBILITYENCOURAGEMENTCHALLENGEBYCHOICE

AHELPING GAME

DOUBLETHISTHATDouble, Double, This, This.Double, Double, That, That.Double This.Double That.Double, Double, This, That!Now pick up some speed! If a students whole brain is involved in learning ...... there isnt any mental area left for anything else. Chris Biffle

THE DIVIDED BRAINIain McGilchristRIGHT HEMISPHERELEFT HEMISPHEREFORIMAGINATION YOU NEEDBOTH HEMISPHERESFORREASON YOU NEEDBOTH HEMISPHERES

Lets test the strength of our divided brain.

Point to your thumb.Rotate your right leg clockwise.Draw a #6 in the air.Switch.

29The Triune BrainPaul Mclean

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The Thinking Brain: The Neo-Cortex creates and interprets meaning out of our life experiences, and is the center of our cognitive functions, such as thought.The Emotional Brain: We are emotional creatures. This is the Limbic System: it fosters attachment, empathy, and mediating emotions.The Survival Brain: The brain stem and spinal cord are responsible for our most basic survival mechanisms, such as sensory perception, safety and the "Fight or Flight" response to perceived danger. Learning and the Triune BrainBrain StemHold your fist in the airTouch your wristSay: BRAIN STEM

32Learning and the Triune BrainLimbic SystemTouch your fistSay: LIMBIC SYSTEM

Learning and the Triune BrainNeo CortexLay your hand over your fistSay: NEO CORTEX

WHOLE BRAINHarry Berger: Constructivism

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Social Contagion

IS COLLABORATION REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?CollaborationThe Scannell-Newman Personality IndicatorSelect the geometric shape that best represents your personality.You are:IntellectualObjectiveRationalA good decision-makerYou are:SteadyDependableConservativeAble to PersevereYou are:Dissatisfied with the status quoA believer in no-nonsense behaviourA risk taker

You are:Strongly preoccupied with sexIs it possible to characterize people with such a test?TODAYS WARM-UP:A CALL-AND-RESPONSE GAME CALL: The name of the gameRESPONSE: The name of the gameCALL: is always the sameRESPONSE: is always the sameCALL: People to peopleRESPONSE: People to peopleChange partner when you hear People to people

Possible Matches:SHOULDER TO SHOULDERKNEE TO ANKLEHIP TO HIPSHOULDER TO ELBOWBACK TO BACKKNEE TO THIGHWRIST TO WRISTELBOW TO THUMB

Pasi SahlbergDirector of education-Finland

What are your long-term goals for your students?

What would you want them to be like after theyve left you?46

What words and phrases come to mind?47KALEIDOSCOPE BRAINSTORMINGMultiple Mind ConferencingSilence and Communication are used as tools for generating possible strategiesSTEPS:Initial brainstorming sessionSilent brainstorming sessionPresentation of ideasThe Kaleidoscope Effect

"...Romantic interplay between silence and interaction... A heavenly marriage of thesis and antithesis.." D. MurthyPROBLEM How could compatible people meet each other for romance? 48

WHAT WE WANTWHAT WE ARE DOINGHOW WE WOULD LIKE OUR STUDENTS TO TURN OUTWHAT OUR CLASSROOMS AND LESSONS LOOK LIKEWIDECHASM49The Monty Hall ProblemPlay the game and maybe win BIG MONEY!

THREE DOORSONE DOOR = BIG MONEYTWO DOORS = ZONK (farm animal)

Monty Hall asks you to choose a door.

You choose a door.51

The question is: should you switch?Monty knows whats behind each of the doors.He reveals a ZONK behind one of the other doors.He gives you the option of:switching doorssticking with your original choice.

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If you want to switch doorsStand up.

If you want to stick with the original door,Stay seated.OBJECTIVE: Convince the others that they`re wrong and they should join your group.SWITCH or STICK!?53The correct answer is

you should always switch!

Each door has a 1 in 3 chance of hiding the grand prize.Suppose we begin by choosing door #1.$$$Each door has a 1 in 3 chance of hiding the grand prize.Suppose we begin by choosing door #1.

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$In this case, Monty mayopen either door #2 or#3In both of these cases,Monty is forced to revealthe only other zonk.So what happens when you switch?

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$In this case you wereright the first time.You lose!In both of these cases,you switch to the correctdoor.You win!Monty Hall Problem from Movie 21

YES!!!CLASS!!!Chris Biffle

OKAY!!!TEACH!!!

Venus at a Mirror: Rubens c1615MIRRORYou say: MIRRORStudents echo: MIRRORThey hold their hands up and: MIMIC yourGESTURES.

What concepts could be taught here?

Which square is darker, A or B?

IS THE PICKLE JAR FULL?

Fill the jar with these stones.Now fill the jar with these tiny pebbles.

Now add some sand to fill the jar.

Pour some water to fill the jar.

THE PICKLE JAR

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Whats the point?If you hadnt put the big rocks in first,How many would fit in at the end?

What matters most,matters most. 67IUMRING TQ GQNGIUSIQNSWhat does this say?68

HANDCUFFS AND SHACKLESTeamworkEight Irresistible Principles of Fun

THERE IS GREAT VALUE IN HAVING CONFLICT IN THE CLASSROOM

COMMUNITYMODEL SPECIFIC SETSOFSKILLS.DIAGNOSE SITUATIONS AS THEYARISE.REWARDSAND PUNISHMENT ARE UNPRODUCTIVE.QUESTIONYOUR OWN PRACTICES REGULARLY.GIVE STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES TO CONSTRUCTTHEIR OWN LEARNING.

THE FIVE FINGER CONCENSUSONE FINGERStrongly Disagree and Cannot Support

THE FIVE FINGER CONCENSUSTWO FINGERSDisagreeTHE FIVE FINGER CONCENSUSTHREE FINGERSCan See Pluses/Minuses but Willing to Accept

THE FIVE FINGER CONCENSUSFOUR FINGERSAgree

THE FIVE FINGER CONCENSUSFIVE FINGERSStrongly Agree

Learning is an active process in which learners construct new ideas or concepts based upon their current/past knowledge.Facets of the process:Selection and transformation of informationDecision makingGenerating hypothesesMaking meaning from information and experiences.Jerome BrunerTHE CONSTRUCTIVIST CLASSROOMExample

mirror

THIS IS POWERFUL STUFF!