In this new edition of Marcia Tate's best-selling "Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites", her 20 field-tested, brain-compatible instructional strategies that maximize memory and minimize forgetting are supported by new classroom applications and research throughout. Each short chapter is devoted to one of the strategies and includes: the brain research and learning style theory undergirding the strategy, sample classroom activities utilizing the strategy, and reflection/action planning steps. As Tate's many workshop participants worldwide can attest, using these strategies will not only help students retain content and increase motivation but will also improve the classroom environment.
The second edition of Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites (2010) is approximately 70% changed from the 2003 edition. The Good and Bad Scenarios in the Introduction are totally different. While the 20 chapters reflect the same 20 strategies which should be used to engage the brains of all K-12 students, the explanations of 19 of the 20 strategies has changed. Ninety percent (221 of the 244) of the research statements in the Why: Theoretical Framework section of each chapter have been updated to reflect 2005-2009 copyright dates. The Bloom's Taxonomy Chart in Strategy 1: Brainstorming and Discussion has been revised to reflect a 2002 copyright date. Each activity in the Instructional Activities section of every chapter is categorized in the following three ways: Who, or what grade levels is the activity designed for, When, or should the activity be used before, during and/or after the lesson, and Content Areas, or for which content area is the activity most appropriate. Newly-designed activities are included in each chapter that were not included in the first edition and some of the original activities have been omitted. In fact fifty percent (110 of 220) of the activities are new. The Reflection and Application section in each chapter remains unchanged. The Brain-compatible Lesson Plan Design included in Resource A of this book was not in the first book at all.