Welcome to BrainU 2015, High School Science Teachers!
Thanks for joining us for this summer's BrainU 101: Classroom Investigations of the Brain.
This week, participants will be discussing topics ranging from neuroanatomy to visual perception to thinking, learning, and memory. This exceptional group of teachers is off to a good start on a fascinating and fun tour of neuroscience.
Lecciones en español
We just posted our first two lessons in Spanish: Modelo de Neurona de Cuentas o Mostacillas, our very popular Bead Neuron lesson and Efectos de Recencia y Primacía, another crowd-pleaser: Recency and Primacy Effects. Check them out under Bienvenidos in the menu at right.
BrainU and The Netherlands
"Our brain asks for a rich learning environment." In a recent TEDxTalks Amsterdam presentation, Dr. Sandra van Aalderen-Smeets discusses the impact that teacher attitudes and beliefs have on their interaction with children, suggesting that teachers are not the drivers but the engineers of their students' brains.
BrainU is referenced near the end of her talk: "There has been one really beautiful study by Dr. Dubinsky in the United States where she shows as teachers get a better understanding of the brain and brain plasticity, it actually changes their beliefs and behavior in the classroom." See this 14-minute video.
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Science teachers from Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin have utilized BrainU training and resources since the program's inception in 2000. With content ranging from 2-week-long teacher training sessions to 1-hour student assemblies, hands-on activities, and student/teacher guides, handouts, and other materials, this website gives you fingertip access to many options for your classroom.
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