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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402213468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402213465
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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BRILLIANT!!! While technically detailed this professionally caliber book is easy to understand and exceptionally useful! This should be a must have for Teachers and Parents and anyone interested in child learning and development! Well Done! I have purchased multiple copies for family and new parents to have available as a resource!
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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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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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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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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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Dr. Willis uses her knowledge of the brain (15 years as a board certified neurologist) to apply techniques in teaching ALL children. She currently works as a middle school teacher. This book for parents includes lots of teaching techniques that can be used at home with background information about the brain. I found it extremely interesting as well as practical.
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