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What a great resource this is!! My name is Lynne Menechella and I teach at Horseheads Middle School in upstate NY. I begin my day with either 5th or 6th graders doing math enrichment and the rest of my day is spent with 7th graders doing math remediation ~~ both ends of the support spectrum (o: I am very interested in differentiation and brain-compatible teaching ideas. I am looking forward to networking and sharing ideas with all of you....

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Comment by Lynne Menechella on June 24, 2009 at 7:54am
Thanks for the welcome, Karolee!!

I did some reading this past year as part of my personal professional development plan into how the brain learns mathematics and perused some trade books about how to use brain-compatible teaching methods in the math classroom. I would imagine that a lot of the information we read overlapped. Is there anything new you are doing in your classroom as a result of what you have read?
Comment by Karolee Smiley on June 23, 2009 at 1:15pm
Hi Lynne
Welcome to MSP2.
So, have you read much about brain compatible teaching? I recently read some interesting books and articles about brain development and its relationship to technology and our society. There is quite a bit of research going on with the differing needs of our "Digital Natives." Its interesting... things we used to say about processing and thinking have changed since the use of technology is changing how our students think.
Comment by Mary Henton on June 22, 2009 at 1:15pm
I did a quick scan of NMSA resources on differentiation and found 4 freebies that might be helpful or spark discussion:
"Differentiating Instruction: Why Bother?" - a rationale for DI written by CarolAnn Tomlinson in Middle Ground.
- "All Means All: Classrooms That Work for Advanced Leaners" - a discussion of the importance of DI for high ability students from Susan Rakow along with some general strategies, also in Middle Ground
- "The Bright Middle Schooler" - a podcast interview with Carol Ann Tomlinson
- "High Ability, High Potential Students" - a podcast interview with Susan Rakow
Comment by Sandra Bureau on June 21, 2009 at 9:50pm
Hi Lynne, welcome aboard. I teach middle schools sciences even further upstate from you, in the Adirondacks. I too am very interested in brain-based learning and differentiation. Been going to a lot of these workshops over the past couple of years and been trying to incorporate stuff into my classroom. Love to hear what you've been doing, who are your resources? etc...

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