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Seminar: Using Neuroscience to Engage Students

This summer from July 21-25, 2014, PreK-12 teachers can travel to the University of California - Santa Barbara for a seminar on maximizing and maintaining student attention. Neuroscience and Classroom Engagement costs $1,895, including lodging and selected meals for participants.

The 20-hour seminar will focus on the applications of neuroscience research to teaching and learning and examine ways to maximize and maintain student attention, focus and cognition. Brain imaging studies and cognitive neuroscience are providing a clearer picture of how individuals respond to sensory stimuli and perform cognitive tasks, which has allowed for a better understanding of the brain’s neural systems and how they relate to focus, learning and creative problem-solving. Through lectures and facilitated discussion, participants will explore neuro-logical approaches for understanding and meeting the diverse academic, social and emotional needs of students. The Institute is hands-on and is limited to 40 participants.

Learning objectives inlcude:

  • Teach students at all grade levels about their brains to empower their learning;
  • Increase encoding and mental manipulation for memory retrieval and retention;
  • Employ brain-friendly strategies to advance student achievement and problem solving; and
  • Apply the benefits of the video-game model, such as reaching individual challenge levels and self-recognition of incremental progress.

The seminar is geared toward teachers, administrators, school psychologists, education professors and college professors.

 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor
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