Engaging All Students: An Introduction to WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING Workshop Facilitated by Maurice Azzano MA, BA, B.Ed. Maurice.Azzano@GeorgianCollege.ca
Please introduce yourself to your neighbour. Tell your neighbour what direction the ballerina is dancing. Clockwise? Counterclockwise? Both directions? Can you change the direction?
KEY QUESTIONS: Do my students believe they have the ABILITY to learn in my class?
KEY QUESTIONS: How do I know this to be true?
Perception: What You See Is What You Get
THE LONGER I TALK … THE MORE STUDENTS I LOSE!
OMG! I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING IS! HELP! HELP ME! HELP!
DON’T WORRY. WE’RE HERE TO HELP...
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BASED ON TRUST AND RESPECT.
THE FIVE FINGER CONTRACT RESPECT RESPONSIBILITY COMMITMENT SAFETY ENCOURAGEMENT CHALLENGE BY CHOICE
A HELPING GAME Double, Double, This, This. Double, Double, That, That. Double This. Double That. Double, Double, This, That! DOUBLE THIS THAT Now pick up some speed!
“If a student’s whole brain is involved in learning ... ... there isn’t any mental area left for anything else.” Chris Biffle
THE DIVIDED BRAIN Iain McGilchrist RIGHT HEMISPHERE LEFT HEMISPHERE FOR IMAGINATION YOU NEED BOTH HEMISPHERES FOR REASON YOU NEED BOTH HEMISPHERES
Point to your thumb. Switch. Rotate your right leg clockwise. Draw a #6 in the air. Let’s test the strength of our divided brain.
The Triune Brain Paul Mclean
The Thinking Brain: The Neo-Cortex creates and interprets meaning out of our life experiences, and is the center of our cognitive functions, such as thought. The Emotional Brain: We are emotional creatures. This is the Limbic System: it fosters attachment, empathy, and mediating emotions. The Survival Brain: The brain stem and spinal cord are responsible for our most basic survival mechanisms, such as sensory perception, safety and the "Fight or Flight" response to perceived danger.
Learning and the Triune Brain • Brain Stem • Hold your fist in the air • Touch your wrist • Say: “BRAIN STEM”
Learning and the Triune Brain • Limbic System • Touch your fist • Say: “LIMBIC SYSTEM”
Learning and the Triune Brain • Neo Cortex • Lay your hand over your fist • Say: “NEO CORTEX”
WHOLE BRAIN Harry Berger: Constructivism
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IS COLLABORATION REALLY THAT IMPORTANT? Collaboration
The Scannell-Newman Personality Indicator Select the geometric shape that best represents your personality. • You are: • Strongly preoccupied with sex • You are: • Intellectual • Objective • Rational • A good decision-maker • You are: • Steady • Dependable • Conservative • Able to Persevere • You are: • Dissatisfied with the status quo • A believer in no-nonsense behaviour • A risk taker Is it possible to characterize people with such a “test”?
TODAY’S WARM-UP: A CALL-AND-RESPONSE GAME CALL: The name of the game RESPONSE: The name of the game CALL: is always the same RESPONSE: is always the same CALL: “People to people” RESPONSE: “People to people” Change partner when you hear “People to people” Possible Matches: SHOULDER TO SHOULDER KNEE TO ANKLE HIP TO HIP SHOULDER TO ELBOW BACK TO BACK KNEE TO THIGH WRIST TO WRIST ELBOW TO THUMB
PasiSahlberg Director of education-Finland
What would you want them to be like after they’ve left you?
What words and phrases come to mind?
KALEIDOSCOPE BRAINSTORMING • "...Romantic interplay between silence and interaction... • A heavenly marriage of thesis and antithesis.." D. Murthy • “Multiple Mind Conferencing” • Silence and Communication are used as tools for generating possible strategies STEPS: • Initial brainstorming session • Silent brainstorming session • Presentation of ideas • “The Kaleidoscope Effect” • PROBLEM • How could compatible people meet each other for romance?
WHAT WE ARE DOING… WHAT WE WANT… HOW WE WOULD LIKE OUR STUDENTS TO TURN OUT… WHAT OUR CLASSROOMS AND LESSONS LOOK LIKE… WIDE CHASM
The Monty Hall Problem Play the game and maybe win BIG MONEY!