Book Study Part 2

Part 2 Developing Patterns and Choherence

Chapter 11 is called Contamination.  I will always remember the corner of 14th and Superior as the place where I got the news from my dad that I should come home to see my mom for one last time.  I was on a run and she was in poor health.  Whenever I am at that place, my heart rate changes and I feel a sense of dread.  This was over 2 and a half years ago.  Now think about school, can you think of a time or place where you got in trouble or were disciplined? That corner has been contaminated with a negative experience  for me.   As time goes by, it is less and less stressful to go through that intersection, but I go through at least 2 times a day.   If you or your students or even parents had a bad experience in school, then we must help change how they automatically respond in that situation to a certain location or place.

“Education is not about punishment or control.  It is about helping the person to move forward in his or her own personal journey.”    We need to help students to manage their classroom state  and stress so they can learn to be successful.


Chapter 12 Cycles of Concentration.

Personally I can totally relate to this chapter about  Energy cycles and Memory cycles.  As an adult we generally move to ful energy between 30-60 minutes after waking up in the morning and that is why I love to get my morning workout or if I really need to get some serious work done in a short amount of time, I choose to work at this time.  Plan days are difficult if I find myself sitting for an hour or two.


Ch 13 State- Changes

This has been working really well for my 2 struggling 1st graders, we work at the table, then they will move and work at the white board.  I also have a student that struggles to sit for longer than a few minutes so when he has been sitting for a while, I tell him “to go take a lap,” he goes and walks around the room.  My other students enjoy the movement as well.

Ch 14 Crossovers

For my struggling students this is actually really hard so I am trying to incorporate more of this into the day because they try, it is hard so they want to give up, but movement is fun and it will help them in the long run.


Ch. 15 Improving Memory Links

According to Gazzaniga, 2001: Jensen 2005 and Sousa, 2005 over ninety- eight  percent of learning is non-conscious!!!   We have 5 memory pathways 1. semantic 2. episodic,3. conditioned response, 4 procedural and 5. emotional.  The emotional pathway is the strongest and semantic is the weakest.   Young learners learn best by doing and listening is the least effective way for young learners to learn.

Ch 16 Memory Techniques

Ch 17 Rough Draft

We have 2 memory stages, immediate memory  which holds information for 15 to 20 seconds or  working memory- like when you are cramming for a test.

Ch 18 Elaboration

Ch 19 Repetition



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