Understanding Students’ Brains

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Date of event: April 23, 2014

Location: Overflow Coffee Bar

No matter what age groups we work with, it’s helpful to be reminded of the developmental needs and abilities of students. For this training, Dr. Terri Thorkildsen and Persis Driver of University of Illinois at Chicago led participants through a series of stories, exercises and resources to help us understand the emotional and cognitive development of the students we work with.

Below we’ve organized the presenters’ resources so they are easy to reference. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on how some of this information helps you in your work with students!

Use this key to find resources for particular age groups (remember: not all students develop at the same time or in the same manner):

♥ = early childhood education (ages 2-7)

♦ =  middle school students (ages 8-12)

♠ = high school students (ages 13-18 and beyond)

 Workshop Documents:

  • Useful websites (Word)
    • Websites for social-emotional development, adolescent development, education research and violence prevention ♥♦♠
  • PowerPoint – Persis Driver
    • Early childhood development (slide 8-12, 27) ♥
    • Middle years development (slides 14-16, 28) ♦
    • Adolescent development (slides 18-24, 29) ♠
    • Preparing for instruction (slide 31) ♥♦♠
    • Engaging the senses (slides 33-43) ♥♦♠ (great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ktw1kIiUTg)
    • Student assessment (slides 45-46) ♥♦♠
    • Teacher self-assessment (slide 48) ♥♦♠
  • PowerPoint – Dr. Terri Thorkildsen
    • Reasons for success and failure (slide 5) ♥♦♠
    • Strategies for encouraging motivation (slides 7-8, 14) ♥♦♠
    • Types of knowledge chart (slide 12) ♥♦♠
    • Build a Higher Thought chart (slide 18) ♥♦♠
  • Supporting Motivation at All Ages (Word) – useful charts:
    • Luck vs. skill attribution (page 5) ♥♦♠
    • Motivation techniques (page 6) ♥♦♠
    • Justice in the classroom – student perspective (page 9) ♥♦♠
    • Self and student assessment ideas (page 11) ♥♦♠
  • Facilitating Learning at All Ages (Word) – useful charts:
    • Developmental strengths at different ages (page 6) ♥♦♠
    • Self and student assessment ideas (page 8) ♥♦♠

 

 

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