Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites (3/e)

  • Title:Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain (3/e)
  • Author:Marcia Tate
  • Publication Date:February 2016
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781506302737
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

How can I improve my students' retention of what they have learned? For any teacher asking this vital question, the second edition of Marcia L. Tate's bestseller offers 20 field-tested, brain-compatible instructional strategies that maximize memory, engagement, and learning for every student.

Each concise chapter provides an overview of the brain research and learning style theory behind a specific strategy, sample classroom activities that can be used immediately, and an opportunity to reflect on how to apply the strategy in instruction. Teachers will learn how to make their classrooms come alive with active learning techniques such as:

  • Using graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs
  • Engaging students through music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap
  • Harnessing the power of reciprocal teaching and cooperative learning
  • Implementing project-based and problem-based instruction
  • Leading students through visualization and guided imagery exercises.

Because students learn best when they are focused and engaged, these research-based teaching strategies enable teachers not only to promote long-term retention of information, but also to increase student motivation and academic success.


Author Bio

Marcia Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.


Tate is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites and Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites co-written with Warren Phillips, one of the best science teachers in the country.

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