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Exceeding Expectations: A User's Guide to Implementing Brain Research in the Classroom
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"This exciting book describes the brain research base for the Kovalik HET model (formerly ITI model) and provides hundreds of curriculum and instructional practices for acting on it. Organized by the HET Learning Principles and the HET Stages of Implementation, it is designed to be used as a handbook to guide a step-by-step implementation of HET. This book replaces ITI: The Model, which is no longer in print.

The HET model is based on five basic principles of brain research, each of which is described in detail in the book:

1) Intelligence is a function of experience.

2) Learning is an inseparable partnership between the brain and body; emotional is the gatekeeper to learning and performance, and movement enhances learning.

3) There are multiple intelligences or ways for solving problems and producing products.

4) Learning is a two step process: Step one is making meaning through pattern seeking and step two is developing a mental program for using what we understand and wiring it into long-term memory.

5) Personality impacts learning and performance.

The author, Susan Kovalik, has been a classroom teacher and curriculum innovator/developer for more than 25 years. During the past 23 years she has been developing and refining the teaching model for curriculum and instruction based on brain research. Co-author Karen Olson has a doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College and worked for the California State Department of Education for 12 years. She was one of the original founders of the California Institute of School Improvement and author, co-author, and editor of numerous other education related books. This book details how to apply what has been learned about the brain into real world classroom instructions and curriculums.


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Another Overview

I had heard a number of people extoll the virtues of this program and had to have a look. The Author continually discusses ""brain research,"" but there is no current information. They throw in a few anatomy slices of what parts of the brain do and think they'll fool you. One of their references is a 1995 ABC news report on the brain.

Some of the information on multiple intelligences is interesting.

They claim that using ""all 19"" (including, but not limited to, barometric, geogravimetric, ionic, magnetic..) results in ""unforgettable learning"" that reveals ""full application of brain research."" No wonder Johnny can't read.

Furthermore, the authors are part of a for-profit organization that sells this program, including consulting.

If there is data, other than anecdotes, that this is the most effective way to educate kids, the authors haven't made that apparent. I'm much more impressed with Robert J Marzano's ""What Works in Schools,"" which is data driven.

While there are some useful points in this book, I think its mostly snake oil that shouldn't guide an entire educational program."
ISBN: 9786038147139 Author: Susan J.Kovalik & Karen D. Olsen Publisher: Books for Educators Publish Year: 2015 Size: 27*21cm Pages number: 570