How to have Differentiated and Brain-Friendly Classrooms

Presented by: Glen Pearsall

Event Information: 6 PD Hours     

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Meeting the needs of every learner is one of the biggest challenges of teaching. Understanding how the brain works and how this shapes student learning practices helps teachers make effective choices about how to target their teaching for students of all abilities. In this workshop, participants explore practical differentiation strategies that reflect recent findings in the field of neuroscience. By the end of the workshop participants will have

  • Explored recent research cognitive bias and brain development. Discovered simple, easy-to-use techniques for implementing these insights into in the everyday classroom.
  • Discussed strategies for addressing the needs of mixed ability classes – from engaging reluctant readers to challenging and extending those already performing at a high level.
  • Investigated ‘brain-friendly’ assessment and revision activities
  • Trialed games and activities that foster engagement and help students improve their work through ‘deliberative practice.’
  • Understood how recent research into habits and behaviour can be used to improve the quality of students approach to learning both at school and home.

Event Details:

  20th November, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

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  Target Audience: Primary and secondary teachers and teacher aides at all year levels.
  $328.90 GST Incl.

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About the Presenter

Glen Pearsall  is a leading secondary school teacher and an acclaimed presenter of professional development for classroom teachers across Australia. He has presented a wide array of professional development seminars and workshops for the TLN, AEU and Critical Agendas.   Glen  has  a  particular  interest in  the  development  of  young teachers and has also developed and delivered a program of renewal for mid-career teachers. His expertise is in high quality instructional practice, and the development of classroom cultures based on sound pedagogy and educational research. He has been a board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and has worked as a research fellow at the Australian Youth Research Centre.   He is also the author of the highly acclaimed “And Gladly Teach”,  an inspirational and practical book on creating supportive and cooperative classrooms.

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