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Curriculum Design

Concept in a Day! Immersion Learning for Mastery
Planning Multiplication Weeks and Division Days

When the learning environment is brain-compatible, something as "hard" as long division can be mastered in a single day. Hard to believe? Over 20 years ago presenter, and brain research expert, Martha Kaufeldt developed this "Concept in a Day!" program to help her fourth and fifth grade students finally master the concept and computation of Long Division. The success of the immersion day prompted her and her colleagues to also develop "Multiplication Weeks" for third grade students to master the Family of Math Facts.

Using Brain-Compatible strategies, hundreds of teachers have found the "Concept in a Day" approach to be an excellent way to help students have the "AHA!" moment and finally get difficult concepts. Fraction Days, Punctuation Days, Spelling Demons Days, Money Days - the possibilities are endless! With years of experiences and examples, let Martha give you practical ideas for organizing your own Concept Day or Week and help your students have a "breakthrough moment" in their learning that will be truly unforgettable.

Recommended Target Audience: Teachers Grades 2 - 6. Appropriate for all.

The "Concept in a Day: I Can Divide & Conquer" video won the Gold Apple Award as one of the Best Teacher Training films in the US in 1987. You can purchase the video and manual from our online store.

Curriculum Connections
Designing Curriculum with the Brain in Mind

Three to five day intensive training and curriculum development time customized for your group. Foundation begins with Key Concepts of Brain Compatible teaching and learning. Program designs for developing integrated/interdisciplinary curriculum that is aligned with standards. Instructional strategies that encourage Active Processing through the Multiple Intelligences and Higher Level Thinking Skills.

Discovering Gifts and Talents Within Every Student!

Quick, easy and informal strategies to find out what they already know and can do.

Differentiation and on-going, informal assessment go hand in hand. Don't just focus on Standardized Test scores! Learn a broad range of quick assessment and pre-assessment strategies to determine students' abilities, knowledge and progress.

When we know what students can already do and understand, teachers can begin to Compact Curriculum and Tier assignments to reduce repetition and boredom for bright students in the regular classroom.

Target audience: K-12 Classroom teachers

Especially for Elementary
Strategies for Success in Multiage & Looping Classrooms

Especially for Elementary
Coping With Covering the Curriculum

Opening Doors to Integration

Creating key integrated experiences that are based on how the brain learns best!" Philosophy and strategies for developing integrated curriculum and interdisciplinary units. Can be customized for self-contained or departmentalized programs, elementary or secondary.

Secondary Emphasis
Theme Teams: Going Beyond Interdisciplinary

Thinking Sideways!
Differentiating and Stretching Curriculum Content to Challenge Gifted Students in Secondary Classrooms

Lateral Enrichment and Expansion can encourage gifted students to build their understanding in complexity and application opportunities. Acceleration isn't always the best option. Learn new strategies for differentiating the content of the curriculum through Tiered Assignments, Layered Curriculum Design and Compacted Contracts.

Target audience: Single-subject secondary classroom teachers

To Infinity and Beyond!
Differentiating Curriculum Content for Gifted and High-Achieving Elementary Students

Learn a variety of ways to adjust and differentiate the content of curriculum to stimulate and enrich the brightest students in your class. Get new ideas about practical strategies such as Jig-Sawing and Cluster Grouping. To help students expand their understanding, learn more advanced versions of Tiered Curriculum design, Layered Curriculum and Compacted Curriculum.

Target audience: Self-contained elementary classroom teachers K-6