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Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain Paperback – March 5, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0761938811 ISBN-10: 0761938818 Edition: Tch

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; Tch edition (March 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761938818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761938811
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When teachers in all schools integrate Tate's 20 instructional strategies into classroom instruction, school will become a place where all children can experience success regardless of their learning style." (Linda Aikens-Young, Principal)

"The book is highly readable with practical applications that will appeal to all educators, especially those interested in current brain research and differentiation." (Marilee Sprenger)

"The book's contribution to the field is not that the strategies presented are new, but that they are all found in one book and with ideas across grade levels. It is done concisely and with enough information to help even the novice." (Donna Walker Tileston, President)

"Tate has excellent ideas to get students motivated to learn—and they work! The tactics are fun, simple, and make teaching much easier. I'm anxious to use even more of these strategies with my freshmen and sophomores."
(Kayce Haenisch, High School English Teacher)

About the Author

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia and has been presenting to adult audiences for more than 25 years. During her 30-year career with the school district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the Distinguished Staff Development Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 400,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the following seven bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones; Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; and Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; as well as Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain. Participants in her workshops refer to them as “some of the best ones they have ever experienced” since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and is the doting grandmother of two granddaughters, Christian and Aidan Brooke, and three grandsons, Maxwell Connor, Aaron Bryan, and Roman Alexander.

 


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Marcia L. Tate is the executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 28-year career with the district, Tate has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director. As an educational consultant, she has presented to over 50,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the United States.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Selke on February 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
For those great teachers out there, they will find they naturally use many of the strategies in this book. This books puts them all in one place and give you more ideas as well as the research to back them up. I do feel sorry for the rater that is having this approached forced on him or her. I am afraid to say that learner centered education is far from "trendy" nor is a constructivists approach to learning. Just throwing the books at the teachers not modeling the approach for even in teacher education, the adults should also construct meaning in their learning. I do agree with the reader that some teaching methods take more time upfront and there is a lot of pressure on teachers to hit all the standards but if retention is key, spend a little more time on the front end and they will retain it after a test rather than just for the test. This book is great if you want 20 specific ideas for injecting new way to learn in your classroom. It is not an all to nothing approach, just try one new thing while maintaining you own teaching style. Those teachers who are stuck in there own methods and fearful of sharing control of the learning with their students will have a hard time with this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have been in early childhood education for 12 years. Within those 12 years, drastic changes have taken place. Year after year students come to my class with less knowledge. Everyday I try to find a new or better way to teach objectives. I have found that students need hands-on activities that help build the missing pieces of their educational foundation.
"Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites" by Dr. Marcia Tate has been extremely helpful to me. I know you can't totally do away with all worksheets, but today's students need more than that. They need movement, music, manipulatives, and visuals in order to retain what they are expected to learn.
Thanks to Dr. Tate's book, I have another resource to use instead of the regular old "paper-pencil" method.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By spec ed teacher on April 2, 2010
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I bought this on Amazon. If hoping to find more verification that worksheets don't work for strictly for pre-school level, don't buy this book. It is more for elementary and older children, who have been in some cases, ruined educationally and bored by handling worksheets. Marcia Tate offers marvelous alternatives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah C. Rhoades on May 1, 2011
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As a new teacher, I found this book informative and helpful. It gives great ideas as well as specific examples to enhance your classroom. I find the reliance on "busy work" and worksheets that some classrooms have destructive to the learning process. These ideas will help keep your students interested and looking forward to coming to school. I'm currently teaching in a first grade classroom, and I've already incorporated several of the ideas.
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I have heard Marcia Tate two times. I guarantee that anyone attending her workshops will not be bored! She teaches strategies that address multiple learning styles. Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites informs the reason why to use a particular technique, the research rationale, and how to do prepare lessons by level/subject areas. This is NOT a book with worksheets! There are lesson objectives and an activity instruction, but the rest is up to the teacher. From these suggestions, however, there are a lot of ideas from which one can leap! If you love this book, be sure to check out Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites! Better yet, get to one of Tate's seminars!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Daugherty on January 28, 2005
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I wish I had this years ago. My kids love it and soaking up everything we do. This half of the year is going great!! I've never had a class so interested in anything!
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