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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402213468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402213465
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You know this author is writing for the purpose of truly helping children. With her explanations of how the brain processes information, I feel more able to explain my teaching strategies to others. --Jules Zimmer, Dean Emeritis U of CA Grad Sch Ed

Dr. Willis is a unique blend of common sense, humor and brains, a rarity being both a "brain" doctor, and a classroom teacher. With this book I have my own neurologist/teacher in my classroom. --Surprise Your Brain: Buy this book! J. Brown

This book made me rethink the way I teach. The book gives you an awareness of how the brain works and how the brain remembers. I highly recommend it. --Great Book for Teachers - Connecticut, USA

This book is amazing! It clarifies how the brain works when a person learns, and it shares many ways in which learning can be enhanced. I wrote all over in mine, and I'm ordering a copy for my principal. THANK YOU, Dr. Willis! --BUY THIS BOOK! E bev

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Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning is the first book for educators written by an author who is both a neurologist and a classroom teacher. Dr. Willis used her neurology expertise to examine the past two decades of learning-centered brain research. Using her background and experience as a clinical neurologist and neuroscience researcher, she sifted through the abundance of neuroimaging and brain mapping information. She assessed what information was both valid and relevant to education. She then employed her training and experience as a classroom teacher to provide strategies for implementing the best of this research in the classroom. She brings this knowledge to life in a comprehensive and accessible style.

Teachers will be introduced to strategies that will work in their own classrooms. These strategies will help teachers improve student memory, learning, and test-taking success. Teachers will also learn how to captivate and hold students' attention.

Dr. Willis takes a reader-friendly approach to neuroscience, describing instructional strategies that are adaptable for grades K through 12. Through statistical data, individual student stories, and her own experiences using these strategies with elementary and middle school students, Dr. Willis provides teachers with a wealth of information they will want to start using in their classrooms before finishing the book.

The book includes learning strategies that have come from research about how stress and emotion affect learning. Willis describes assessment techniques that not only assess authentically and with diversity, but also teach while assessing. This book will become one that teachers will return to again and again to pick up new strategies to make their own.

More About the Author

WEBSITE: WWW.RADTEACH.com

Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist combined her 15 years as a practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background as both in neuroscience and education, she has written seven books about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and Master's of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education and travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting about learning and the brain. She has been interviewed by USA Today, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News Education Nation, ABC Australia Radio, Lateline Australia, Popular Mechanics, Neurology Today, USA Today, Education Week, Parenting Magazine among others, and writes staff expert blogs for NBC News Education Nation, Edutopia, and Psychology Today. In 2011 she was selected by Edutopia as a "Big Thinkers on Education."
Website www.RADTeach.com

Books by Dr. Judy Willis

The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (2014).

Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010

How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008.

Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension ASCD August 2008.

Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, ASCD 2007

Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006.

Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, Challenging. Great Potentials Press, 2008.

Contributing Author

Cooperative Learning: Accessing Our Highest Human Potential. A chapter in, The Power of the Social Brain Editors: Art Costa & Wilson O'Leary. New York: Teachers College Press. 2013.

Current Impact of Neuroscience in Teaching and Learning. A chapter in, Mind, Brain, and Education Ed. D. Sousa. Solution Tree Press, 2010.

MindUp! Hawn Foundation curriculum for mindful student focus and emotional control. New York: Scholastic. Feb. 2011

Dr. Judy Willis' Recent & Popular Links
More at www.RADTeach.com

EURONEWS Willis Interview The role of neuroscience in education includes Judy Willis VIDEO & transcript near end of both
http://www.euronews.com/2014/11/14/all-in-the-mind-the-role-of-neuroscience-in-education/

"Dr. Judy Willis Edutopia's 'Big Thinker on Education'"
http://www.edutopia.org/big-thinkers-judy-willis-neuroscience-learning-video

"Meet Dr Judy Willis, EDUTOPIA Staff Blogger" https://www.edutopia.org/users/judy-willis-md (This works best if you cut and paste web address)

What Edtech Can You Trust? Edutopia Staff blog. November 18, 2014.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-edtech-can-you-trust-judy-willis

Good Praise, Bad Praise for NBC News Education Nation: Jan 2014 http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=0A598840-7722-11E3-A4E20050569A5318#

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning http://www.edutopia.org/blog/neuroscience-behind-stress-and-learning-judy-willis Edutopia Staff Blog. July 18, 2014

Australia ABC TV show Lateline Judy Willis, MD interview Apr 20, 2012 "Neuroscientist explains how to stimulate young brains". Link with video & transcript http://bit.ly/IeW5H1

ABC Radio National How children learn best Interview with Dr. Judy Willis
'All in the Mind' program hosted by Lynne Malcolm 10/14/12
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/how-children-learn-best/4297754

"Dr Judy Willis and Goldie Hawn are Building Better Brains by Bringing Neuroscience into Classrooms". Neurology Now: Publication of the American Academy of Neurology March/April 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 14-17. http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2010/06020/Golden_Opportunity.17.aspx

TEDx Video Dr. Judy Willis Jan 2013 ASB Mumbai, India. Topic "Dr. Judy Willis: Video Game Model for Motivated Learning' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8TPRec6OCY

TEDx Video Dr. Judy Willis Feb 1, 2012. Topic "From Neuroscience Lab to the Classroom" TEDxEnola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHRyPbcLKis
Video Link International Conference on Thinking, Wellington, New Zealand. January 2013. Dr Judy Willis speaking about, What we can learn from the Video Game Model http://bit.ly/15czG6s

The Neuroscience of Joyful Learning http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/summer07/vol64/num09/The-Neuroscience-of-Joyful-Education.aspx

Want Children to "Pay Attention"? Make Their Brains Curious!
Force-feeding won't work even on a hungry brain http://bit.ly/rtoI3a

The Neuroscience of Joyful Education by Judy Willis, M.D. ASCD Express Jan 3. http://bit.ly/Wyr3O5

Top 10 Memory Tips (PDF) at http://bit.ly/7ZpBz2
Then go to "download as media" at the top

How The Memory Works In Learning (Dec 2012)
http://www.teachthought.com/learning/how-the-memory-works-in-learning/

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom in TeachThough Oct 2013 http://www.teachthought.com/learning/the-simple-things-i-do-to-promote-brain-based-learning-in-my-classroom/

Keep Students From Turning Off Their Brains in TeachThought 10/16/2013, http://www.teachthought.com/learning/5-teaching-strategies-keep-students-turningbrains/?utm_content=bufferc742b&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

Five Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention by Judy Willis. Edutopia Staff Blog. Mar 17, 2014.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/assessment-forms-promote-content-retention-judy-willis?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-assessment-forms-retention

Three Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test. TeachTought Issue 03/16/2014. https://www.google.com/analytics/web/?pli=1#home/a30482055w56947284p58157304/

Understanding How the Brain Thinks: Edutopia Staff 6-PART Blog Series about Building Executive Functions
Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1)
The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning (Part 2)
Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities. (Part 3) http://bit.ly/p1oTbO
Three Brain-based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students (Part 4) http://bit.ly/nCy5Id
Three Strategies for Using the Arts to Build Student Executive Functions (Part 5) http://bit.ly/xFnJO8
Executive Function, Arts Integration and Joyful Learning (Part 6) http://bit.ly/yI2NLa

ASCD "How the Brain Learns" Webpage/blog Group managed by Judy Willis: Open Membership. http://edge.ascd.org/group/how-the-brain-learns

"ASK Dr. Judy" Free ASCD Archived Brain-Based Learning Strategies Webinars. Video and pdf multiple ed topics http://bit.ly/PDwSK1 & scroll down

ASCD Author Page for Judy Willis http://www.ascd.org/Publications/ascd-authors/judy-willis.aspx


How to Teach Students About Their Brains

How to Teach Students About the Brain link:
http://www.radteach.com/page1/page8/page44/page44.html

What You Should Know About Your Brain link:
http://www.radteach.com/page1/page8/page45/page45.html
or http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el200912_willis.pdf

Books by Judy Willis, M.D.

Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107006.aspx

Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108073.aspx?utm_source=ascdfacebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=math-willis-fb

How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Your-Child-Learns-Best-Brain-Friendly/dp/1402213468

The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators. (2014) Bridgepoint Education, Inc. https://learn.thuze.com/store/product/THUZE.HSS.PSY.9781621781639

Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension ASCD August 2008. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107073.aspx

Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, ASCD 2007 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107040.aspx

Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, And Challenging. Great Potentials Press, 2008. http://amzn.to/1wwMsg4

Parenting Articles, Videos, Blogs

Video: Parenting to Develop Your Children's Critical Skillsets for 21st Century Success: http://www.gotocoffeebreak.com/portfolio/march-2013/
Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education. March 2013

25 Parenting Videos by Dr. Judy Willis Kids in the House
http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/expert/parenting-advice-from-judy-willis-md-med#page=/video/meet-judy-willis-md-med or http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/search/site/willis#

Email me jwillisneuro@aol.com for more extensive lists of links for any of the above topics and the individual topics listed here:
General
Math
Reading
Arts across curriculum
Writing for STEM and across curriculum
Memory
Bilingual Brain
Assessment
Adolescent Brains
Building Executive Functions
Stress and Learning, Stress Reduction, Emotional Positivity
Mindfulness
Motivation and Growth Mindset
Student Engagement
Attention and Focus
The Neuroscience of Learning (multiple topics)
Teaching Teachers, Students, and Parents the Neuroscience of Learning
Collaborative Group Learning
Creativity Building and Cognitive Flexibility
Game-Based and Project-Based Learning and Video Game Model
Teacher Well Being
Video and Other Interviews Multiple Topics
ASCD Videos & Interviews Free Links
Useful Websites

Parenting Articles, Videos, Blogs available on website

WEBSITE: WWW.RADTEACH.com


Customer Reviews

I found it extremely interesting as well as practical.
N. Monroe
Dr. Willis combines her expertise as a neurologist and her experience as a classroom teacher.
polly
Every parent should be so lucky to have this book on their nightstand.
LC Mommy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erich Stroheim on December 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I wish my parents had understood some of this when I was a kid. Dr. Willis's book identifies ways to nurture the brain's natural learning abilities by tapping into your child's innate curiosity, creativity, and sense of humor. Her insights are highly useful to me even now, as an older grad student trying to organize my own learning strategies and to synthesize the relationship between research and teaching in an academic environment. Better understanding of how the brain works is also helpful in simply navigating the many levels of decision-making I encounter each day while incorporating new knowledge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SARITA on August 24, 2008
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In the forward Goldie Hawn wrote for Dr. Willis" book, HOW YOUR CHIL LEARNS BEST, she said, "At last we parents now have a reference that will help guide us in assisting our children's growth and flowering. This book is what parents have been searching for and need now more than ever."
This is the book i have been searching for. My children in grades 2 and 5 were losing motivation for schoolwork each year. This book gives me so many ways to help my children understand the concepts beyond the facts with fun activities we can do at home
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Working Mom on October 22, 2009
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This book is one of the best books to read if you have a child who struggles in school. The book reviews & explains studies about learning and then suggests ideas to help your child learn. I found this book to be full of valuable ideas that I have put into use while doing homework with my children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LC Mommy on September 7, 2008
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Every parent should be so lucky to have this book on their nightstand. It is truly a treasure of information and reference guide which give you the tools, inspiration and understanding in helping your child through frustrating periods of learning. My son, Andreas (7), loves the activities we've already tried, especially the dice game. He often brings me the book and asks what next we can play and learn together. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Katie Williams, La Conchita, CA
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By polly on September 25, 2008
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Dr. Willis combines her expertise as a neurologist and her experience as a classroom teacher. She writes about learning in clear, accessible language.

As an educational therapist and a veteran classroom teacher , I found this book offers detailed information about the neurology of how children learn, and also contains a deep understanding of what happens in a classroom.

This book is an invaluable tool for parents, and the professionals who work with children in educational settings. It will help parents understand how their child learns best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Enterprises on August 24, 2008
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It took Dr. Willis' traing and experience as a neurologist and a classroom teacher to provide parents like me the best ways to discover my childrens individual learning strengths and the guide me to specific strategies that work best for each of them. I like the way the book includes ways to enrich school with things we do at home, driving in the car, and at the market. My children are more attentive and participate more in their classrooms.
Sari Gilbert
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