Working Out the ‘Tween Brain in the Classroom

I’ve recently become active on Twitter and in so doing I’ve opened myself up to a whole new set of professional options to read, the best part is that I get the summaries in 140 characters or less 🙂 Recently I followed an interesting link regarding the ‘Tween Brain and how it works. What I found was a very interesting three piece blog post from author Heather Wolpert-Gawron. To be fair, she is working to sell a book about this topic but her research is very interesting! In her first post she works to convince the reader about the importance of understanding the ‘Tween Brain (kids in Middle School fall squarely in this category.) The second post clears up some of the technical vocabulary involved, my favorite definition is a good reminder for us all: “Dopamine: When a person feels pleasure, success, pride, dopamine is released into the brain and acts as a lubricant of sorts, increasing attention, motivation, and memory.” When you read that, what does it make you think about in regard to your classroom? The third post is the one I am going to link you to today, it is awesome! There are “8 Tips to Teaching Brain-Centric Activities” and they are fantastic…take a look and let me know what you think, are you using any of these? How do they work? If not, give them a shot and let me know how it goes…I’d love to hear your two cents 🙂

Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s 8 Tips to Teaching Brain-Centric Activities

Originally published in SCIS MS Headlines November 15, 2013.

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