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The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement and Perseverance

Think Big, Start Small! How to Differentiate in a Brain-Friendly Classroom

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Brain Research into Practice

Assessment Strategies to Maximize Brain-Compatible Learning
Helping Students Demonstrate What They Know and Can Do

Incorporate on-going assessment as a key Brain Compatible strategy!

-Learn new ways to discover students' readiness levels
-Orchestrate student "self-assessment" opportunities
-Incorporate on-going assessment strategies to document progress
-Honor the importance of informal assessments and questioning strategies
-Create "fair" ways for students to assess peer and group work
-Prepare "low threat climates and environments" for evaluation and testing
-Design powerful culminating products for evaluation
-Develop rubrics to help communicate progress and competency
-Implement strategies using the Multiple Intelligences every day!

In this session Martha Kaufeldt will be sharing a variety of assessment strategies to teachers interested in enhancing their Brain Compatible classrooms. Designed primarily for educators who have had a previous introduction to "teaching with the brain in mind" and have begun to implement Differentiated Instructional strategies.

Brain Compatible classrooms maintain a safe and secure climate and environment - even when doing assessment and evaluation! And good Assessment is the foundation for Differentiated Instruction. Let Martha show you dozens of ways to assess students' prior learning, collect on-going data and give feedback, as well as, how to design culminating projects to evaluate student progress and competency. This veteran teacher always provides humorous, fast-paced sessions with plenty of practical classroom examples.


Begin with the Brain
Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom

Martha's most requested topic! This popular interactive workshop builds a strong understanding of the key elements of brain compatible learning. Presentations, activities and discussions provide participants with specific techniques designed to reduce student stress, create a safe and secure environment, discover systems and procedures for effective classroom management, and to orchestrate opportunities for real world experiences. Expect to gain tons of strategies from a successful veteran teacher!

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"Exceptional presentation. Outstanding ability to engage and inspire."

"In 11 years of teaching and 5 years of university, this is the FIRST thing I have ever experienced that has made me think seriously about my classroom practices and how I can do better by supplementing things."


Begin with the Brain
Three Things to Consider Right Now!

Want some ideas for what you can do RIGHT NOW? You don't have to be a brain expert yet to see how these practical suggestions can influence student learning. Learn three ways to maximize student success based on how the brain learns naturally!

1) TIME CRUNCH - Consider integrated curriculum, adjusting schedules to allow for "flow," and multi-year opportunities.
2) PATTERNS and PROCEDURES - Use management strategies that are brain compatible: agendas, procedures, goal setting.
3) ACTIVE PROCESSING - Introduce reflection, choices and collaboration to encourage students to make sense of what they are learning and build long-term retention.

Target Audience: ANY EDUCATOR! Recommended for K-12

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Begin with the Brain
What Parents Need to Know

Learn some "brain basics" about how children's brains learn, growth and respond to the environment. Find out what you can do to reduce your child's stress levels and encourage development of a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences.

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Change Your Bait!
(Eight) 8 Great Strategies to HOOK every Learner

Build up your tackle box of strategies that will appeal to a wide range of learners. Learn a practical system using the Multiple Intelligences and Bloom's Taxonomy to help you design eight types of activities that will challenge your capable students and attract even your most reluctant learners.

- Process Partners (Interpersonal)
- Mental Movies (Intrapersonal)
- Note-taking Graphics (Visual-Spatial)
- Tableaux & Living Dioramas (Bodily-Kinesthetic)
- Chant & Rap (Musical-Rhythmic)
- T-Charts & Timelines (Logical-Mathematical)
- Correspondence Books (Verbal/Linguistic)
- Close-up & Personal (Naturalist)

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Recommended for K-12


Five Effective Strategies for Parents of Gifted and High-Achieving Students

What are some things that parents of Dreamers, Dynamos, and Discoverers can do to encourage and motivate their kids? Five reasonable strategies to help each parent be a good "guide on the side!"

1) Develop "meta-cognition" strategies: reflecting on learning
2) Learn effective questioning strategies: Socratic thinking
3) Understand HOTS: Higher-Order Thinking Skills
4) Help kids with TIME MANAGEMENT
5) Celebrate effort, successes, and who they are!

Target audience: Parents of children who learn a little faster, think a little differently, try a little harder, and want more! Suitable for all age ranges



Not-too-Extreme Classroom Makeovers
(Keeping the Brain in Mind)

Want to motivate and inspire students? Try a fresh start with a mini-Classroom Makeover!

The human brain is wired to be sensitive to the surrounding environment. Many studies have confirmed that by paying attention to the physical details in the learning environment (lighting, temperature, color, air quality, sound, design), educators can enhance students' success.

- Discover key elements for a brain and body compatible learning environment.
- Learn 5 ways to deal with fluorescent lights.
- Create a "Take 5 Area".
- Learn ways to reduce noise and distractions.
- Provide some "Creature Comforts," and take baby steps toward "Clutter Clean-up!"

Recommended for K-8


Teachers, Change Your Bait!
Brain-Compatible Differentiated Instruction

This powerful engaging workshop begins with recent research on the brain's response to stress, emotions, experiences, and the environment. Discover how each learner's brain develops at its own pace and is uniquely formed. Students' brains learn differently, therefore, teachers must know how to differentiate instruction in today's highly diverse classrooms. Using a Fishing Tackle Box as a metaphor for an educator's repertoire of strategies, Martha will share dozens of classroom-tested practical ideas that will inspire teachers on ways to modify the curriculum and their instructional strategies - without compromising mastery of standards. Learn new ways to orchestrate powerful learning experiences in response to every student's unique needs. In this fast-paced engaging session participants will learn techniques to vary six components of differentiation: content, process, products, presentation, grouping, and the environment. Expand your repertoire of brain compatible strategies to maximize student success!


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Available as a 1 day to 4-day workshop.
Can be customized for Target Audiences!

"An extremely interesting presenter and presentation. I loved how it was interwoven in both theoretical and practical work. Super two days, thank you!"

"I was inspired and found the 2 days to be the best Professional Development I have ever experienced."

"A very stimulating and enjoyable session. It was a good mix of background knowledge and practical ideas. Martha practices what she preaches."



What's Going On in There?
How Emotions, Pressure, Stress, and High Expectations Affect Kids' Brains

Research has confirmed that too much stress, pressure, and perceived threat can cause our brains to go into a "reflex response" and minimize our capabilities to learn and get along with others. Learn some ways to help balance pressure and stress in your child's life as he/she deals with school, friends, and daily life experiences.

Target audience:
Parents of:
- Highly motivated learners
- Identified Gifted learners
- High-Achieving Gifted students
- Low-Achieving Gifted students
- Extremely Sensitive children
- Over-Scheduled Kids