Brain-compatible activities to inspire active learning in the middle school language arts classroom! This valuable guide gives teachers the tools they need to plan lessons correlated to the way the brain learns best and to ensure success for all students regardless of their learning style or special challenges! Drawing on classroom-tested, research-based strategies from Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, this practical resource offers a variety of content-specific activities that incorporate graphic organizers and other visuals that reinforce student learning. Based on national academic standards, these activities feature graphic organizers and visuals such as bar graphs, timelines, concept maps, sequence charts, cause-and-effect charts, segmenting mats, labeled diagrams, and more. Each activity includes step-by-step directions, skills objectives, materials lists, and a myriad of creative reproducibles that help students organize and record their learning. This resource offers a multitude of brain-compatible activities that cover topics such as: character comparison, story analysis, problem/solution, brainstorming, cause and effect, poetry, debating, listening, public speaking, paragraph structure, language conventions, and much more. Make a real difference in your students' energy, motivation, and achievement by applying these proven strategies to help them master curriculum objectives!
About the Author: Marcia L. Tate is the executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 28-year career with the district, Tate has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director. As an educational consultant, she has presented to over 50,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the United States.
Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia and has been presenting to adult audiences for more than 25 years. During her 30-year career with the school district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the Distinguished Staff Development Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.
Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 400,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the following seven bestsellers: Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; "Sit & Get" Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones; Mathematics Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child's Brain Power; and Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; as well as Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain. Participants in her workshops refer to them as "some of the best ones they have ever experienced" since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.
Marcia received her bachelor's degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master's degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.
Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and is the doting grandmother of two granddaughters, Christian and Aidan Brooke, and three grandsons, Maxwell Connor, Aaron Bryan, and Roman Alexander.