Brain Compatible Curriculum

Seven Stages of Brain Based Planning

  1. Pre-exposure
  2. Preparation
  3. Initiation & Acquisition
  4. Elaboration
  5. Incubation & Memory Encoding
  6. Verification & Confidence Check
  7. Celebration and Integration
What is the Pre-exposure stage of brain based lesson planning?
Stage of planning that presents the brain with a broad overview of the new learning.
List some methods of pre-exposure
  • overview on bulletin board e.g. mind-map
  • post peripherals in color
  • immersion learning environment – interesting
  • Discover student interests and background
  • discuss class goals for each class
  • plan brain wakeups every hour – cross-lateral, relax-stretching
  • Plan activities where students can move around
  • enable choice from a selection of activities
  • read student’s learning states and make adjustments as you progress
What is the preparation stage of brain based lesson planning?
The preparation stage ;creates curiosity or excitementin the material.
What are some methods to use in the preparation stage of brain based lesson planning?
  • Create a “you are there feeling”
  • Elicit from learners what possible value and relavance the topic has to them personally
  • Provide something real, physical, or conrete. ;Experiment, field trip, guest speaker
  • create interdisciplinary tie-ins
  • provide a hook, or surprise, or bit of novelty
What is the Initiation and Acquisition stage of brain based lesson planning?
This stage provides the immersion. ;Flood the learner with content. ;Allow them to feel temporarily overwhelmed. ;Over time it gets sorted out.
What are some methods to use with the Initiaiton and Acquisitin stage of brain based lesson planning?
  • provide concrte learning experiences (case study, experiment, interview, hands-on learning
  • provide experiences that employ a majority of the multiple intelegences
  • provid enough choice for the student to explor the subject using their prefered learning modality: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.
  • offer group projects that encompases building, finding, exploring, or designing
  • create a class newspaper, commercial, skit, etc.
What is the Elaboration stage of brain based lesson planning?
The elaboration stage is the processing stage. ;This stage makes intelectual sense of the material
What methods can be used inthe elaboration stage of brain based lessons?
  • open-ended befriefing of the previous activity
  • tie things together so that learning occurs across discuplines (Read SF during lesson on solar system)
  • learners design evaluation procedures and rubric of their own.(test questions/peer reveiws/mind maps)
  • explore topic at library or online
  • video, slides, theatical production
  • small group discussion, report back to large group
  • debate, essay contest, panel discussion
  • Q;A period
  • Have students teach
What is the Incubation and Memory Encoding stage in brain based lesson planning
The Incubation and Memory Encoding stage emphasizes the importance of downtime and review time. ;The brain learn best over time, not all at once.
What are some methods to use in the;Incubation and Memory Encoding stage of brain based lesson planning?
  • Time for unguided reflection
  • keep a journal of their learning
  • stretching and relaxation exercises
  • music listening area
  • Ask them to discuss new learning with their family and friends
What is the Verification and Confidence Check stage of brain based lesson planning?
The;Verification and Confidence Check stage of brain based lesson planning is the stage in which both the teacher and the learner confirms their learning.
What are some methods that can be used in the;Verification and Confidence Check stage of brain based lesson planning?
  • Have learner present their learning to others
  • ask students to interview and evaluate each other
  • encourage students to write about what they have learned (Journal/essay/news article, report)
  • Have students demostrate learning with a project
  • quiz students
What is the Celebration and Intergration stage of Brain based lesson planning?
In the;Celebration and Intergration stage of Brain based lesson planning emotion is engaged ,and a love of learning is instilled.
What are some things that can be done in the;Celebration and Intergration stage of Brain based lesson planning?
  • Have a class toast (fruit juice!)
  • sharing time (peer sharing, demonstraiton, acknowledgements
  • play music, hang streamers, blow horns
  • invite another class, parents, etc to view projects
  • incorporate new learning in future lessons.