Youth Connections Charter School . Creating a Container for Learning Brain Compatible Curriculum: Concepts & Topics December 2012. Overview. October: Introduction to Classroom Management and Curriculum Building
Creating a Container for Learning
Brain Compatible Curriculum: Concepts & Topics
“…humans may properly be regarded as brain freaks. We can regard a giraffe as a neck freak and the elephant as even more a nose freak since its snout measures yards rather than inches. But the human brain is millions, even billions, of times more complex than the organ possessed by most other creatures with brains.”
~ Leslie A. Hart
(1995). Human Brain & Human Learning. Kent, WA: Books for Educators, Inc.
Other than teaching, there is only one other profession that deals with more decisions – more stimuli on any given day…
Thinking before we act
Acting without thinking
What are areas within my control, so as to take the qualities of the containers to another level?
National Center on Response to Intervention: http://www.rti4success.org
* Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports and Prevention, Intervention , Invention
“In genuine community there are no sides. It is not always easy but by the time they reach community the members have learned how to give up cliques and factions. They have learned how to listen to each other and how not to reject each other. Sometimes consensus in community is reached with miraculous rapidity. But at other times it is arrived at only after lengthy struggle. Just because it is a safe place does not mean community is a place without conflict. It is, however, a place where conflict can be resolved without physical or emotional bloodshed and with wisdom as well as grace. A community is a group that can fight gracefully.”
M. Scott Peck M.D.
The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace
Thomas Sergiovannistates that “the need for community is universal. A sense of belonging, of continuity, of being connected to others and to ideas and values that make our lives meaningful and significant -- these needs are shared by all of us.”
“… Communities are collections of individuals who are bonded together by natural will and who are together binded to a set of shared ideas and ideals. This bonding and binding is tight enough to transform them from a collection of “I’s” into a collective “we.” As a “we,” members are part of a tightly knit web of meaningful relationships. This “we” usually shares a common place and over time comes to share common sentiments and traditions that are sustaining. When describing community it is helpful to speak of community kinship, of mind, of place, and of memory.”
“The people in one’s life are like the pillars on one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.”
Community is consciousness of connection, combining and comprising: Courtesy, communication, collaboration, cooperation, consideration, caring, compassion, curiosity, commonalities, common goals, confidence, creativity, courage, challenge, camaraderie, and conceivably chocolate.
CTC Group, 2004
What was the difference between the two attempts? What made the difference?
How did your brain take in and manage the information from the first and second attempt? Why was one easier to manage while the other was more difficult?
____________ is a Study in _______________
can be thought of as a
bridge from the
concept tothe content.
Concept: Symbolic Representation
Topic: Mexican Art
What does symbolic representation in Mexican art reveal about the Mexican culture’s view of religion?
Topic: Civil wars
Can we predict where civil unrest will occur in the world and/or in our community?