Students learn to ‘teach with learning in mind’

February 8th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: Community

The Grant Career Center Teacher Academy students circle around classmate B.J. Roa as he demonstrates a brain game movement.

The Grant Career Center Teacher Academy student recently participated in a professional development workshop at Clark State College featuring national presenter Ann Anzalone.

The workshop, entitled “Teaching with Learning in Mind,” addressed the impact of brain research on child development and learning theories.

Anzalone spoke about learning style patterns and the differences in how “right-brained” and “left-brained” learners process information. According to Anzalone’s research, right-brained learners process information whole to part and focus on connections and pictures, while left-brained learners process information part to whole and focus on details and words. Anzalone emphasized that educators need to teach students how to integrate both sides of the brain for optimal learning.

Anzalone shared practical, ready to use strategies that the students can use to help students integrate the brain, including movement games, note making, reciting, reading aloud, and cooperative learning techniques.

Anzalone also emphasized how water intake, nutrition, and sleep can affect learning.

At the workshop, Grant Career Center students had the opportunity to interact with Teacher Academy students from several other schools including Upper Valley Career Center, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Warren County Career Center, and Greene County Career Center.

To learn more about The Teacher Academy program, visit www.grantcareer.com.

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