Brain Friendly Classroom Practices
Dr. Lou Whitaker, Principal of Pope John Paul II and Notre Dame Catholic Schools (and a “brainiac”), discusses practical approaches to incorporating brain-friendly practices in the classroom. When we say brain-friendly, we mean for all the brains in the classroom — the teacher’s, as well as the students’! As we start to understand more about the brain and how it learns, the information can be overwhelming. How can you possibly hope to reach every student? How could you ever hope to create 30 individualized lesson plans? How can you incorporate brain-friendly techniques like games into the classroom routine and be taken seriously? And when you do, how do you know if it’s working?