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What Great Teachers Know

Priniciples that great teachers know!!  Today I prepared for the fall semester and wanted to share these basic principles with all of you!

From Mind Brain and Education Science- Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

Lori L Desautels, Ph.D.

1. Great teachers know that each brain is unique and uniquely organized.

2. Great teachers know that all brains are not equally good at everything.

3. Great teachers know that the brain is a complex dynamic system and is changed daily by experiences.

4. Great teachers know that learning is a constructivist process and that the ability to learn continues through the developmental  stages as an individual matures.

5. Great teachers know that the search for meaning is innate in human nature.

6. Great teachers know that the brain has a high degree of plasticity and develops throughout the lifespan.

7. Great teachers know that Mind Brain Education applies to all ages.

8. Great teachers know that learning is based in part on the brain’s ability to self-correct.

9. Great teachers know that the search for meaning occurs through pattern recognition.

10. Great teachers know that brains seek novelty.

11. Great teachers know that emotions are critical to detecting patterns, to decision-maaking, and to learning.

12. Great teachers know that learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat.

13. Great teachers know that human learning involves both focused attention and peripheal perception!

14. Great teachers know that feedback is critical to learning.

15. Great teachers know that learning relies on memory and attention.

16. Great teachers know that the brain depends on interactions with other people to make sense of social situations. We are relational beings!

17. Great teachers know that the brain conceptually processes parts and wholes simultaneously.

16. Great teachers know that learning is holistic engaging mind, body and spirit.

17. Great teachers know  that to reach a child, you must understand their unique brain!

18. Great teachers know that relationships and the nurturing of those, balancing head and heart is extravagant learning and teaching!

19. Great teachers know that to listen,  is to listen without a response!

20. Great teachers know that respect for one another drives motivation and therefore learning and teaching in its finest moments.

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