- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: ASQ Quality Press (August 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873896610
- ISBN-13: 978-0873896610
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Smart Teaching: Using Brain Research and Data to Continuously Improve Learning Paperback – August 11, 2005
An ideal vehicle for ANY teacher to redirect his/her methods to reach all learners with “no child left behind.” --Sebastian Paquette, Massachusetts
This book bridges total quality management with brain-friendly teaching in a user-friendly manner. --Dr. Richard Lawrence, University of Massachusetts
About the Author
Ronald J. Fitzgerald is a recently retired superintendent of schools, who now serves as a consultant helping other districts learn these improvement techniques. Prior to retiring, Fitzgerald served as the superintendent in several districts, including the Minuteman Regional Technical School District in Lexington, MA in which he tested these theories for 10 years. He also spent time as a teacher, taught several college-level courses, and served as Director of Educational Research for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since retiring, Fitzgerald has consultant school districts in 11 states and presented many all-day seminars. He has authored numerous articles and papers that have been published in trade journals, and also used by legislators in Massachusetts and Washington DC. Fitzgerald received his B.S., M.S., and D.Ed. degrees from the University of Massachusetts.
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Young people today are the intellectual equal to the generation before them - often even surpassing their predecessors in ability. Why then do so many learners, especially those in the higher grades, have such trouble mastering and retaining new information? The answer is easy. The youth of today has known a world of "fast-impulse learning," ie: computers, MTV, and rapid multi-messaged music. That pace is natural and comfortable to this new generation, and it has evolved that "solid learning" can only be done along new guidelines.
How do we get schools to understand this dilemma? How do we help new teachers and uninformed teachers to help our future adults/parents? Mastering brain principle-based education takes substantial time, much effort, and considerable expense. These "costs" are so steep that by the very nature, overwhelmed teachers are repelled.
Dr. Ron Fitzgerald has provided the world with a logical, effective, and critically important "first step." To insure solid learning, "Smart Teaching," written in a brain-compatible method, is the ideal vehicle for ANY teacher to redirect his/her methods to reach all learners with "no child left behind."
As an English teacher who has studied with Dr. Fitzgerald, researched brain-based learning/teaching, applied these strategies to business, literature, and basic English classes, I can state unequivocally that this system is THE MOST EFFECTIVE and brain-appropriate vehicle for learning that we have.
Having mastered the lessons of "Smart Teaching," ANY educator can
successfully accomplish the following:
*Reach ALL learners
*Address the Multiple Intelligences in a class
*Address diverse Learning Modalities
*Incorporate a repertoire of charts, graphs, and other visual tools to complement traditional vehicles
*Build student self-esteem
*Increase student reading abilities in document and quantitative styles as well as prose
*Build solid writing skills in students who traditionally fear this art
*Motivate students to use Statistical Analysis as a measuring tool
*Model for learners the process of consistent self-improvement
*Teach students to self-assess, self-adjust, and improve finished work
*Develop an awareness of the "magic of literature"
*Build an understanding in young people of their brain functions and how such activities affect their decisions
*Prepare the youth of today for the unknown world of work of which they will soon be a part
"Smart Teaching: Using Brain Research and Data to Continually Improve Learning" - the road to success!
Sebastian R. Paquette
As a high school teacher, a college professor, and an industry trainer, I have used the eight components outlined in this book and they have yield amazing quality results in the student learning. The system is divided into suggestion areas that can be worked on individually. SMART TEACHING provides concrete guidance in each area. It also contains useful hand-outs and a list of resources.
This manual outlines processes that represent a very powerful tool for boosting student learning, and it is a manual that any K-12 teacher, college professor, and industry trainer can use with great ease to move from "good teaching" to "great teaching" in keeping with the theme of Quality in Education.
brain-based Teaching (a teaching style that caters to the brain's natural, preferred tendency for learning), TQM-total quality management (a methodology that promotes team work and continuous improvement), visual data displays that facilitate data analysis (that shows achievement and non-achievement or strength & weaknesses, that in turn, forms a documented basis for improvement-oriented decisions).
This book is unique; it bridges total quality management with brain-friendly teaching in a very user-friendly manner. I love the brain-friendly format of creating summary/graphics on the left page and the full explanation on the right side. The information-packed book highlights an eight-component brain-friendly teaching system; Ten essential elements in TQM education; and a CD-ROM that includes hand-outs & color slides. Also, for more detail, I highly recommend going to Dr. Fitzgerald's web site [...] This book promises to be a classic!
Dr. Richard P. Lawrence