Dr. Marcia Tate is the author of numerous bestsellers, which are listed and described below. To purchase your copy of any of these titles, please click on the accompanying link.
Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites:
20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain (3rd ed.)
Have you ever wondered why some students cannot understand or recall much of the content taught after a 24-hour period? It stands to reason that if students don’t learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn!
In this third edition of her bestseller, encounter Dr. Marcia Tate’s 20 brain-compatible strategies that should be used to teach any student anything, regardless of the content area or grade level. Explore over 200 pieces of research as to why these strategies work for the brain, and more than 150 practical, cross-curricular activities for integrating them into your classroom. At the end of each chapter, reflect on how you can incorporate these 20 strategies into your lessons and then view the brain-compatible lesson design in the Resource section for planning unforgettable lessons. You will find this text an invaluable addition to your professional library since the strategies contained in it not only increase academic achievement and decrease behavior problems for all students, they also make teaching and learning so much fun!
“Sit and Get” Won't Grow Dendrites:
20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain (2nd ed.)
“Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites is a bestseller drawing on the latest research in brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and adult learning to provide strategies that not only motivate adult learners but also increase understanding and long-term retention.
Designed for easy implementation, the material includes an overview of adult learning theory, more than 150 professional learning strategies, several sample professional learning designs, and opportunities to reflect on and apply the presented strategies. Supported by both learning-style theory and brain research, the strategies enable all staff development professionals to plan and deliver powerful, memorable presentations that improve teaching practices and increase academic achievement. The material is suitable for anyone who teaches adults, including staff developers, trainers, principals, teacher leaders, and educational consultants.
Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites:
20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones (2nd ed.)
Classroom management is the number one issue for many new teachers and experienced educators alike. Many reactive teachers wait for problems to occur and then decide how to deal with them. They allow students to fall off cliffs and then put them in ambulances and rush them to the office. Effective classroom managers are proactive, not reactive. They put plans in place so that many students never reach the edge of the cliff.
The second edition of this bestseller introduces teachers to five proactive categories they can use to detour students around the dangers of cliff-falling, or misbehavior. These include:
- cultivating a relationship with each student;
- creating a brain-compatible physical environment;
- delivering instruction using engaging strategies;
- developing a proactive management plan; and
- dealing with chronic behavior disorders, i.e., attention-deficit or oppositional deviant disorder.
This book belongs in every teacher’s professional library!
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Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites:
20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain (2nd ed.)
According to experts in the field, reading and language arts skills are best acquired when students are actively engaged in their own learning. The second edition of this bestseller places a major focus on teaching students how to read informational text, since whether a student is going to college or repairing a car engine following high school, 70% of the texts read will be of an informational nature.
This book contains over 200 pieces of research in support of 20 brain-based literacy strategies and more than 150 activities for implementing those strategies as students learn to read or read to learn. As a classroom teacher and reading specialist, Dr. Marcia Tate has personally used and also witnessed the impressive use of the literacy strategies contained in the pages of this text. Make reading a life-long love for your students!
Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites:
20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain, PreK-8
The mnemonic device M-A-T-H actually stands for Math Ain’t That Hard! And when brain-compatible strategies are used to teach math, this acronym can become true for most students.
This bestselling book focuses on using 20 brain-compatible strategies to teach the core areas of algebra, geometry, numbers and operations, data analysis and probability, problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication connections, and representation. Each of the 20 chapters is devoted to a different instructional strategy along with the research behind why that strategy works for teaching math. The chapters also offer a multitude of activities for integrating these strategies into math lessons, and conclude with a reflection page where teachers can determine the appropriate use of each strategy for a specific lesson. The Resource section at the end provides a lesson plan template for planning and delivering unforgettable, brain-compatible math lessons.
Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites:
20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Dr. Marcia Tate brings her trademark “dendrites growing” teaching strategies to this practitioner-friendly collection of brain-compatible methods for engaging K-12 students in social studies. Included are 20 proven strategies and more than 200 grade-level activities for applying them.
Teachers will find concrete ways to integrate national social studies content standards into their curriculum with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including: project-based and problem-based instruction; storytelling, music, and humor; graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs; and Internet projects. This book provides sample lesson plans and a wealth of examples that demonstrate how to apply these classroom-tested strategies to the 10 themes of social studies. The text also challenges teachers to creatively plan and deliver their own unforgettable lessons. Among the many benefits is that your students will remember what they’ve learned and apply it to their lives – the true goal of education.
Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites:
20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Co-authored with award-winning science teacher Warren G. Phillips, this must-have resource includes 20 proven brain-compatible strategies for teaching science and 250 activities for applying them.
Teachers will explore opportunities to incorporate national science content standards into their curriculum with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including: music, rhythm, rhyme, and rap; storytelling and humor; graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs; manipulatives, experiments, labs, and models; as well as Internet and Excel projects. The book covers a full range of K-12 science subjects, including physical, life, earth, and space science, and provides brain-compatible sample lesson plans. Each chapter offers real-life examples; a what, why, and how for each strategy; activities; and reflection pages for brainstorming how to implement these exciting new ideas.
Preparing Children for Success in School and Life:
20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power
Since the most rapid period of growth for brain cells is 0-4 years of age, that would make a parent a child’s first and best teacher! Yet there are few manuals that show parents how to perform this incredibly important job successfully.
Learn techniques that can help you get your children off to a healthy start, build relationships with them throughout their lives, equip them with the necessary structure for healthy brain development, and assist them in increasing their academic achievement. Instructional strategies that parents can use to address the visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic modalities of their children are all addressed. Parents can also develop an Action Plan for implementing some of the practical ideas contained in the book. Parents are calling this book a must have!
Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom:
How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?
“How Can Students Knock the Top Off Any Test?” is one of the 14 key questions asked and answered in this practical guide to formative assessment. This book guides educators in identifying where to begin in the formative assessment process and how to proceed as they become experts in:
- creating a brain-compatible classroom environment;
- writing quality selected-response and constructed-response test items;
- asking effective higher-order questions;
- ascertaining what students know before, during, and after a lesson;
- using checklists and rubrics to assess student learning;
- leveraging group work, peer assessment, and self-assessment; and
- building students’ confidence in their abilities to do well when tested.
If done correctly during the formative stage, teachers should have little doubt as to whether students have mastered the content taught when summative assessments are given.