Brains ON! Lesson Design Course
“Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had is produced by the human brain. The more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.” Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Brains ON! Lesson Design Course is a comprehensive, highly interactive professional development program. The course extends over three months with an initial day on-site, a second day on-site mid-way through, and a half-day wrap-up at the end. An Internet-based learning platform and individualized coaching for participants extends learning beyond the on-site workshops to develop teachers’ skills and to enable new ideas to become new habits.
The course provides a thorough grounding in how the brain works and how students learn, based on competent neuroscience. Participants explore the fundamentals of brain-compatible lesson design, including the indentification of concepts and enduring principles, planning based on prior knowledge and beliefs, setting learning targets, designing appropriate brain-compatible instructional strategies, planning activities to ensure new information is consolidated in long-term memory, and assessment of learning targets. While teachers often perform these activities, they may not be cognizant of the implications of brain science in getting the most out of lesson design.
The focus of the course is on hands-on (actually brains on!) practice and coaching in incorporating what they are learning into the development of brain-compatible lesson plans. The schedule is set around providing a cycle of practice, feedback and refinement and building a community of practitioners of brain-compatible teaching/learning that supports ongoing application and refinement of the skills developed in the course.
Each cohort includes 20 to 30 teachers.