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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935249592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935249597
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Differentiation and the Brain combines the perspectives of differentiation and neuroscience to build a convincing, well described, clearly understood application of differentiation strategies. The book presents the brain research to support the recommendations without overstepping claims of proven by brain research. Sousa and Tomlinson offer an important perspective to new and experienced classroom teachers, curriculum advisors, and administrators. --Judy Willis, MD, MEd

Differentiation and the Brain is more than another new book to stack on our desks; it is an education event. Expert and engaging with clear, vivid descriptions of the principles used in real classrooms, the book makes the fields of neuroscience and differentiation accessible without oversimplifying. It provides great next steps for seasoned veterans as well as practical tips for new teachers. This will be one of those books we reread over the years to spark creativity and restoke pedagogical fires. It is a welcome contribution from two of the most amazing thinkers of our time. --Rick Wormeli, author and consultant

Tomlinson and Sousa emphasize that differentiation is a shared responsibility between teacher and student. They provide a solid rationale for differentiation in educational neuroscience and then offer practical strategies for embedding differentiation into our classroom practices. This will be a go-to resource for teachers! --Diane Heacox, EdD, author of Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom and Making Differentiation a Habit

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an author and international consultant in educational neuroscience. His books inform educators and parents on ways they can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the pre-K 12 and university levels. He has presented to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions and to regional and local school districts across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Carol Ann Tomlinson, EdD, is a faculty member at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She is a William Clay Parrish Jr. professor and chair of educational leadership, foundations, and policy. Dr. Tomlinson codirects the university s Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor in the Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. As a consultant, trainer, and presenter, Dr. Tomlinson works throughout the United States and abroad with teachers to develop more responsive, heterogeneous classrooms. Her education experience includes 21 years as a public school teacher and 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners.

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Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of seven books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Dr. Sousa has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His seven popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns, third edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns, second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns; How the Brain Learns to Read; How the Brain Influences Behavior; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers' Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain, suggests ways for educators to lead today's schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages. Dr. Sousa is past president of the National Staff Development Council. He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts State College (Bridgewater), and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia. Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kjobuckley on July 26, 2011
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The text produced by Tomlinson and Sousa provides a fast read. Differentiation and the Brain is a great introduction into how research in neuroscience supports the use of differentiated learning opportnities for all classrooms. The text itself is not bogged down with statistical data but rather is explained in user-friendly terms. With the relatively recent convergence of neuroscience and education, this is a read sure to encourage more strategic planning on the part of educators.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TN educator on April 6, 2012
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I love this book. It was a perfect resource for my paper on diversity and differentiation in the classroom. It has an exceptional amount of useful information that can be easily used, plus it is brain-based research.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hailey Barger on September 22, 2011
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This is an awesome resource that every teacher should have on their shelf as a go-to. It helps explain what differentiation is and gives examples of how to implement those changes in your classroom.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lightngrace on June 19, 2012
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Differentiation and the Brain offers simple, easy to understand explanations of how to create a "brain friendly" classroom for diverse students. The authors also include some practical checklists, questions and techniques. However, I found that there was a lot more depth about the topics that I wanted to know that was not present in the book. Nevertheless, it's a great place to start learning about differentiated instruction.
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This textbook is required text for a class. I find it to be very interesting and I'm discovering many ahah's. It was worth the investment.
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By Sarah on February 7, 2014
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I liked that this book offered a scientific viewpoint to differentiating instruction for students. I definitely look at the brain and education differently.
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Any teacher who loves the idea of making students successful should read this book. I think this is one of the best differentiation books for novices and veterans.
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By Laverne Green on March 18, 2013
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The book titled Differentiation and the brain was very informative. I loved the wayin which the book was outlined and the fact that the chaspters were not too long. In my opinion, the information was relevant to the subject of study and it kept your attention.
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