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Friday, October 14 • 10:15am - 11:30am
3D: Cells That Fire Together, Wire Together

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Brain research and MRI analysis are changing the way we educate gifted students offering windows into the mind and how it processes and stores new learning. Learn about recent findings and how these help educators to be memory enhancers rather than just information dispensers. Discover interactive and innovative strategies that stimulate learning to help build circuitry and connect networks in the brain. See cutting research that shows how the brain of gifted student "light up"€ and the areas they utilize when processing and applying new information. See brain development at different ages and how this affects learning.


Participants will learn about the latest brain research and how these exciting developments change the way we teach gifted learners. Independent and collaborative learning, and multi-sensory activities that help learning stick and advance it to the next level will be shared. References to brain development and how it affects problem solving, critical thinking and executive function at different ages will be explored and analyzed. Teachers and coordinators will walk away with a better understanding of what brain research tells us about gifted learners and activities they can take, use, and apply in their classrooms the next day.

NAGC Standards:

3.4.Instruction. See how brain research can lead us in the way we plan and implement instruction.

3.6. Resources. Bring back ideas that can be used in classrooms the next day.

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Debbie Judge

5th grade middle school mathematics, University School of Milwaukee
I teach 5th grade math in a middle school setting. I'm constantly looking for ways to challenge my students and stretch their thinking in class while meeting a variety of different needs and learning styles. I'm very interested in brain research, and I use current discoveries to... Read More →

Friday October 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am CDT
Tundra C-D