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In honor of Brain Awareness Week which starts today ( according to http://www.sfn.org/public-outreach/brain-awareness-week ) here is what I know it's a psych teacher about the brain and our minds that should help every teacher and student.
Growth mindset Neuroplasticity/ Neurogenesis resources:
I wrote about teaching growth mindset after my the first training. This link includes the great Ron Berger Austin's butterfly lesson: a fabulous concrete example of engagement, growth mindset, etc:
Here is a psych award-winning rap that might make your student groan, but still very useful for all kids and I tell them to write a better one if they hate the song http://youtu.be/vcLNNntt6Ts
More Great resources:
Plenty of stuff your kids will love about neurogenesis: http://www.radiolab.org/story/235337-how-grow-your-brain/
Speaking of children, workshop participant Katherine Bird shared this link that she says will be good for upper elementary and middle students to explain how the brain is plastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KLPxDtMqe8
Songs about neurons- sounds childish but AP psych uses some of this: https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/songs.html
Attribution Theory and Biases
Understanding the psych term "Fundamental Attribution Error can help our students develop growth mindset, but importantly, it can also help us as teachers recognize when we might be judging a student unfairly:
All of us are biased and our intuition fails us when we try to see them (even after studying them)
Cognitive biases Resources
Harvard's Implicit Associations Test - student or teacher needs privacy to take this!
Make sure they know it is confidential and allow to take at home
A few more useful terms from pscyh to help teachers teach better:
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.