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Fierce Teaching


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Preface About the Author Introduction Strategy Number 1. Body and Emotional Connections Made Body-Mind Emotional Engagement Five Key Emotional States Safety Vesting Connection Alertness Hope Strategy Number 2. Feedback and Error Correction The Importance of Feedback A Case for Feedback Styles Using Feedback Types What Makes Feedback Work So Well? Feedback Should Be Reliable Strategy Number 3. Input-to-Output Ratio Who's Doing the Learning? The Truth About Time in Learning Mastery of Material Through Time The Brain's Perspective on Learning Working Memory Consolidating the Learning Hippocampus Overload Cortical Limitations How Does the Need for Time Translate Into the School Day? The Importance of Rest Time Strategy Number 4. Elaboration for Depth What Is Elaboration? Preparation for Elaborative Learning Elaboration Categories The "How-to" of Elaboration Five Elaboration Strategies Elaboration Alternatives Strategy Number 5. Recall and Memory Management What Makes Purposeful Memory Encoding So Good? Seven Approaches for Repetition to Get Memories Encoded Pre-exposure Priming Prior Knowledge Activation Post-viewing Guided Practice Revision With Links Strategy Number 6. Content Coherence What Is Coherence? Texts With Coherence Teaching for Coherence Increasing Key Structural Knowledge Experiential Learning Semantic Support The Use of Models S-U-P-E-D Up Learning Sleeping on It Strategy Number 7. Environmental Management The Four Environmental Domains Physical Environments How Do Environments Affect Us? Indoor Air Quality Acoustic Quality Classroon Lighting Classroom Temperature The Social Environment Social Influences on Our Brains, Bodies, and Lives Positive Social Structures Work Miracles Independent Learners Classroom Dialogues to Build Social Structures Social Status Strategies in Motion Academic Climate Management The Five Success Factors Celebrate and Affirm the Learning Life-Path Guidance The Use of Traditions Instructional Variety Student Asset Building Managing the Cultural Environment The Culture of "Success" Is All About Achievement The Counterculture of Success Is That of Disengagement From the System The School Culture of Character Values Such as Responsibility, Honesty, and Fairness The Counterculture to Character Is Rebellion The Culture of Being Respected and Being Somebody The Counterculture Exists Where Students Disrespect Others Building Positive Cultures Epilogue Bibliography Index

About the Author

Eric Jensen is a former teacher and current member of the Society for Neuroscience and New York Academy of Sciences. He has taught at all levels, from elementary through university level and is currently completing his PhD in human development. In 1981, Jensen cofounded SuperCamp, the nation's first and largest brain-compatible learning program, now with over 50,000 graduates. He has since written Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Brain-Based Learning, Deeper Learning, Arts with the Brain in Mind, Enriching the Brain, and 21 other books on learning and the brain. A leader in the brain-based movement, Jensen has made over 45 visits to neuroscience labs and interacts with countless neuroscientists. He was the founder of the Learning Brain EXPO and has trained educators and trainers for 25 years worldwide in this field. He is deeply committed to making a positive, significant, lasting difference in the way we learn.


"The content is crucial for classroom teachers who want to help children learn to their maximum potential." -- Deborah Alexander-Davis, Educational Consultant
"Teachers will benefit greatly from Jensen's knowledge and understanding of many complex topics." -- Beverly Ginther, Staff Development Coordinator
"This book deals with a stimulating topic for educators and is simple to understand." -- Lori Grossman, Instructional Coordinator

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