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Gayle Gregory & Martha Kaufeldt
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What really motivates students to learn? What gets them interested—and keeps them interested—in pursuing knowledge and understanding?
Recent neuroscientific findings have uncovered the source of our motivation to learn, or as neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp terms it, the drive to seek. Seeking is what gets us out of bed in the morning, the engine that powers our actions, and the need that manifests as curiosity.
Informed by new findings on the nature of the brain’s seeking system, internationally renowned educators Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt have identified key brain-friendly strategies for improving student motivation, knowledge acquisition, retention, and academic success.
In this book, readers will learn
The Motivated Brain shows teachers how to harness the power of their students’ intrinsic motivation to make learning fun, engaging, and meaningful.
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"The authors have explored a key element of teaching, the innate sense of curiosity that leads young people to the seeking behaviors that informally begin with play/games and formally develop through nurture/schools. Educators should understand the underlying neurobiology of the system, and this fine non-technical book does along that with good practical suggestions for instructional implementation."
—Bob Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Oregon
"I agree that this system, so important for generating feelings of ‘enthusiasm’ as opposed to rewarding ‘pleasure,’ needs to be on the radar of educators. If this system can be captivated by teachers, they have done half their job."
—Jaak Panksepp, Professor of Neuroscience, Baily Endowed Chair for Animal Well-Being Science, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.
GAYLE GREGORY is an internationally known consultant who has specialized in brain compatible learning and differentiated instruction and assessment. She presents practical teacher/student-friendly strategies grounded in sound research that educators find easy to use in the classroom or schoolhouse tomorrow. Her interactive style and modeling of strategies help teachers and administrators transfer new ideas with ease.
MARTHA KAUFELDT is a full-time trainer and consultant with an extensive background in brain-compatible teaching and learning. She has taught at all grade levels, served as a district level gifted coordinator and staff developer, and was the Lead Teacher and restructuring coordinator of a demonstration "brain-compatible" school.
the brain and learning
student engagement and motivation | instructional strategies | brain and learning | social-emotional learning | whole child: engaged
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