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Brain-Friendly Strategies for Developing Student Writing Skills

Brain-Friendly Strategies for Developing Student Writing Skills

Second Edition
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October 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin
Brain-Friendly Strategies for Developing Student Writing Skills, Second Edition, offers teachers proven success tools for nurturing the writer in every student. These effective writing strategies are based on the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the six features of effective instruction identified by the National Research Center on English Learning &BAD:amp; Achievement. Presented in a user-friendly format by a veteran language arts teacher and staff developer, this resource shows educators how to create a classroom environment that promotes writing across the curriculum while meeting the demands of district and national standards. The practical strategies, activities, classroom stories, student examples, and reflections in this book provide teachers with a comprehensive roadmap to developing confident and competent young writers. This revised edition includes a section on the learning brain, which provides information to help teachers share with their students how the amazing brain learns.
About the Author
1. Introducing the Brain-Compatible Framework for Student Achievement
Four Brain-Compatible Classroom Principles

Five Core Propositions of Accomplished Teaching

Six Features of Effective Instruction

The Brain-Compatible Framework for Student Achievement

A Brain Journey

Celebrating the Learning Brain

21st-Century Brain-Compatible Teachers

21st-Century High-Stakes-Tested Students

Can You Hear Me Now?

Questions for Reflection

2. Making Connections Across Instruction, Curriculum, and Life
Characteristics of Feature One

Reflecting on the Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature One

The Brain-Compatible Framework With Feature One in Action

Learning About Our Students

Brain Surveys

Writing Connections

Writing: Pleasure or Pain?

Seven Stages of Brain-Friendly Writing Instruction

Verbs Are Your Friends: Describing Verbs

How, Why, and What Verbs

Questions for Reflection

3. Teaching Skills in Multiple Lesson Types
Characteristics of Feature Two

Separate, Simulated, and Integrated Instruction

Reflecting on the Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Two

The Brain-Compatible Framework With Feature Two in Action

Questions for Reflection

4. Integrating Test Preparation Into Instruction
Characteristics of Feature Three?s Successful Teachers

Reflecting on the Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Three

The Brain-Compatible Framework With Feature Three in Action

Test Savvy

Hero Quest

Questions for Reflection

5. Teaching Students Strategies for Doing the Work
Characteristics of Feature Four

Reflecting on the Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Four

The Brain-Compatible Framework With Feature Four in Action

The Clue to Exact Writing

Setting the Stage for Authentic Assessment and Learning

Questions for Reflection

6. Expecting Generative Thinking
Characteristics of Feature Five

Reflecting on the Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Five

The Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Five in Action

Generative Thinking in Elementary School

Generative Thinking in Middle School

Generative Thinking in High School

Writing and Generative Thinking

Questions for Reflection

7. Fostering Cognitive Collaboration
Characteristics of Feature Six

Reflecting on the Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Six

The Brain-Compatible Framework and Feature Six in Action

Collaboration and Seating Arrangements

Cognitive Collaboration Beyond the Classroom: Community Writing Partners

Celebrate the Results

Authors' Day

Questions for Reflection

8. Envisioning Every Child as a Lifelong Learner

"The major strengths of this book are the implications of current brain research and how to maximize student learning and enjoyment in the learning process. It’s all about the learning in the classroom, which is where the focus must be."

Mary Moore, Third-Grade Teacher
Jason Lee Elementary School, Richland, WA

"Provides teachers with applicable research on brain-compatible learning and provides students with tools for developing their talent as writers."

Wanda Stuckey, English Teacher
Griffin High School, GA

"Explains brain research in easy-to-understand language and includes real classroom stories from diverse grade levels and student populations, as well as cross-curricular writing activities that foster high literacy and performance on high-stakes tests. Any teacher who wants reliable research to support effective, brain-friendly instruction should read this book and share it with colleagues and administrators."

Bobbie Faulkner, Teacher
Scottsdale Unified School District, Phoenix, AZ

"Allows teachers to see the inside of a successful system for teaching students to write with confidence and proficiency. Hanson offers experience and personal learning on how the brain works and thinks about communication through writing."

Patricia Allison, Recruitment, Retention, and Preparation Coordinator
Arizona Department of Education

"Recognizes the importance of preparing teachers to act as involved researchers in their own classrooms. The book encourages teachers to develop practices that will help their students become lifelong learners, not just competent test takers."

Edith Wagner, Associate Professor of English
Tusculum College

"Instructional leaders are constantly looking for ways to help teachers work smarter, not harder, in the quest to maximize student achievement. Hanson provides a brain-compatible framework to do precisely that."

Shaun Holmes, Principal
Navajo Elementary School, Scottsdale, AZ

"A one-of-a-kind, practical text for all teachers. Hanson takes us on a journey by providing teaching strategies and specific examples to prepare students to become lifelong writers!"

Sonia Aguila, ESL Teacher/Consultant

"During the past thirty years as an English teacher and professor, as an educational publisher and national writing consultant, and as the director of the Educational Leadership Institute, I have not seen a more powerful book on the teaching of writing. Think of this book as a gift to yourself, your colleagues, and your students. Think of it as a spark that just might initiate a renaissance in the way writing is taught."

RW (Skip) Kistner, President

Anne M. Hanson

Anne Hanson is a doctor of educational leadership whose research study dealt with the psychological syndrome of burnout in the No Child Left Behind high-stakes testing workplace. A National Board Certified language arts teacher with over 20 years classroom experience, Hanson has worked as a peer evaluator, staff developer, and literacy coach for teachers and students.Serving as the foundation for all her workshops is the research-based understanding of the emotional well-being necessary to succeed in the workplace, whether school or business. Hanson’s career-long advocacy for teachers and students has influenced the design of her workshops... More About Author

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