Observation

Critical Response Protocol

Science teachers and former BrainU participants, Kris Bakkum and Charlene Ellingson, are featured in this 4-minute video discussing the 5 levels of the Critical Response Protocol, the subject of a paper they co-authored with Dr. Janet Dubinsky and Dr. Gillian Roehrig. Critical Response Protocol was published in April 2016 edition of The Science Teacher, the magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

Critical Response Protocol

Need a way to introduce a unit? Want to get your students thinking deeply without even knowing they are doing so? Find a summative or provocative visual, diagram, graph or model and use the Critical Response Protocol!

Get the class to answer these five simple questions in round robin fashion and off you go. You’ll be surprised. Not quite magic, but the wisdom in the group is always greater than that of the individual.

Beautiful Brain: Step Inside the Brain

Observing several of Cajal's works, students will explore answers to the questions: How did Cajal’s interest in art and the brain merge? How did artistic and scientific techniques influence his interpretation of the brain?

Santiago Ramón y Cajal, considered the father of modern neuroscience, was also an exceptional artist. He drew the brain in a way that provided a clarity exceeding that achieved by photographs.

Beautiful Brain: Strangest Dream

Working with several of Cajal's artworks, students will see beyond the surface story of an artwork and experience different viewpoints through close looking and creative writing.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal, considered the father of modern neuroscience, was also an exceptional artist. He drew the brain in a way that provided a clarity exceeding that achieved by photographs.

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