Learning Disabilities – Brain-friendly strategies: music, movement & more

Brain compatible strategies.
Eric Jensen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2004.
» “Hundreds of easy-to-use, brain-compatible activities that boost attention, motivation, learning and achievement.”

Brain-based learning: the new paradigm of teaching.
Eric Jensen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
» This book combines research from neuroscience, biology and psychology to look at the relationship between learning and the brain. Information on the impact of physiological effects, sensory stimuli, and emotions on learning are included. And the application of this information to teaching is outlined.

Brain-friendly strategies for the inclusion classroom: insights from a neurologist and classroom teacher.

Judy Willis. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2007.
» Based on research on how the brain learns, this book provides strategies that benefit all learners, including those with learning disabilities. Written for grade school teachers, it looks at creating an inclusive learning environment.

Creative learning: activities and games that really engage people.
Robert W. Lucas. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer, 2007.
»Designed for trainers, presenters, and educators, this book contains brain-based learning activities that mentally or physically engage learners.

Jump start the adult learner: how to engage and motivate adults using brain-compatible strategies.
Laurie Materna. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2007.
» Combining adult education theory with brain-compatible learning, this book presents practical, brain-friendly approaches for working with adults in formal and informal settings. Background information accompanies techniques and strategies for classrooms or workshops, including graphic organizers, music energizers, exercise activities, and self-assessments.

Literacy, equality and creativity: resource guide for adult learners.
Toni Lambe et al. Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast School of Education, 2006.
Also available online at http://www.qub.ac.uk/leis/
» This resource guide was prepared to “research, design and develop a package of text-free innovative teaching methods that can be used to explore equality issues in adult literacy education”.

Making memory stick: research findings of the Carnegie Learning Centre. (DVD + tip sheet)
Vancouver, BC: Carnegie Learning Centre, 2011.
»This resource consists of a digital story on memory and what helps improve memory, particularly in seniors. The print tip sheet summarizes the information in the digital story, including good practices for helping seniors learn. Created for use by instructors, tutors and seniors who are interested in thinking about memory and learning.

Making the brain body connection: a playful guide to releasing mental, physical & emotional blocks to success.
Sharon Promislow. Vancouver, BC: Enhanced Learning & Integration Inc., 2005.
» Looks at stress and learning, and brain/body integration in a reader-friendly format. Includes activities based on Brain Gym.

Memory 101 for educators.
Marilee Sprenger. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2007.
» Based on research on learning, memory and the brain, this resource provides specific techniques for improving memory, including graphic organizers, mnemonics and checklists. Information is presented as the story of an adult educators’ memory workshop.

“Sit & get” won’t grow dendrites: 20 professional learning strategies that engage the adult brain.
Marcia L. Tate. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2004.
» This practical handbook presents an approach to teaching adults based on research on brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences and adult learning. Each strategy includes an explanation, multiple learning activities, and a section on guided reflection and application. It is intended as a professional development resource for anyone who teaches adults.

Smart moves: why learning is not all in your head. 2nd ed.
Carla Hannaford. Salt Lake City, Utah: GreatRiver Books, 2005.
» A readable, research based book on the body’s role in thinking and learning. It includes some Brain Gym activities that activate learning potential.

Spark: the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain.
John J. Ratey. New York: Little Brown, 2008.
Available in both book and audio CD formats.
» Explores the mind-body connection, presenting research demonstrating that exercise is the best defense against everything from mood disorders to ADHD to addiction to Alzheimer’s.

Super teaching : over 1000 practical strategies.
Eric Jensen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2009.
» Based on brain research findings, the teaching strategies and tools outlined in this book can be used to engage students, boost learning memory, and meet the needs of different learners.

A teacher’s guide to multisensory learning: improving literacy by engaging the senses.
Lawrence Baines. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2008.
» In this guide to multisensory learning, discover how teachers can motivate students and help them retain more knowledge longer by using sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and movement in the classroom.