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Professional Development: Part Two

After a successful workshop with colleagues in which you presented focused areas of brain-based learning during Week Two, your leadership team has asked you to follow up with a second workshop, adding specific components that expand upon the principles of brain-based learning by including information pertaining to memory and creating patterns of meaning. Specific approaches and examples are meant to guide the presentation audience into relevant, practical applications of brain-based learning into their planning and instruction.

Prepare
First, revisit the peer and instructor feedback provided in the Model Analysis: Brain Research-based Instruction discussion from Week Two. Next, apply any recommendations you agree will enhance the overall quality of your original presentation. You will then add new information gleaned from Chapter 18 in the Jenson (2008) text to your existing presentation. Both parts of the presentation will be formally evaluated using the provided rubric.

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Review the Professional Development: Part 2 sample assignment.

Content Expectations: Construct your presentation to include the components listed. The existing components from your draft in Week Two are included alongside the added components pertaining to memory and creating patterns of meaning derived from Chapter 18. Pay attention to all components as some grading criteria has been added.

Part One – Original presentation slides from Week Two:

  • Essential Information: Share the most essential information about your brain-based learning topic and subtopics. Label the chapter and topic covered. A minimum of five major concepts should be included for exemplary standards.
  • Teaching and Learning Implications: Explain the value of the concepts to your audience and ultimately, the potential implications the concepts have on teaching and learning.
  • Application: Consider the “What This Means to You” sections throughout each chapter. Include at least three strategies your audience could apply to their practice. It is appropriate to modify strategies to suit your population, taking ideas shared by Jensen with appropriate adjustments for your audience and population of learners.

Part Two – Chapter 18: Memory and Creating Patterns of Meaning: Added slides are included to the same, single presentation above and are not a separate presentation.

  • How Memory Works: Include a minimum of three of the most essential points for each of the following sub-topics:
    • Where memories live
    • Memory as a dependent state
    • Memory pathways
    • Other influences on recall
  • Teaching and Learning Implications: Explain the value of the concepts to your audience and ultimately, the potential implications the concepts have on teaching and learning, as well as quality curriculum and instructional design (i.e., lesson planning).
  • Application: Consider the “What This Means to You” sections throughout each chapter. Include at least three strategies your audience could apply to their practice. It is appropriate to modify strategies to suit your population, taking ideas shared by Jensen with appropriate adjustments for your audience and population of learners.
  • Study Skills Mastery: Include a minimum of three of the most essential points for each of the following sub-topics:
    • Importance of pre-exposure
    • Stages of optimal learning
    • Examples: Provide a minimum of two practical examples covering any of the sub-topics. Consider the “What This means to You” sections within the chapter without copying the information directly, as well as any figures or graphics.

Written Communication Instructions

  • Length Requirement: Your assignment should include 15-25 slides not including the title and references pages.
  • Syntax and Mechanics: Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
  • Source Requirement: Reference both chapters assigned to you from your original presentation during Week Two as well as Chapter 18 from Jensen (2008). Exemplary presentations will include at least one other resources from your own research or from those listed as a Recommended Resource or found in the Weekly Lesson from Weeks One through Five.
  • APA Formatting: Use APA formatting to design your title and references slides. Refer to the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.) for assistance with APA style and formatting.

 

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