Chapter 3: This is Your Brain on Culture
We often here that practice makes perfect but in reality practice allows us to strengthen the dendrites that we grew during learning. Without this, the dendrite gets pruned and the learning is lost. Too often this is what is happening in our classrooms. How can we grow our dendrites so they are never pruned?
Ms. Hammond provides us with 6 Brain Rules to help us understand what the brain needs in order to learn. These rules allow a student to feel safe and nurtured in the classroom. It helps the student build relationships and ultimately this feeling of connectedness allows the student to learn.
Chapter 4: Preparing to Be a Culturally Responsive Practitioner
Next. we take a deep look into our classroom expectations. What do we expect our students to do? How do we word directives? How do we react to situations as they occur. Using the SODA method, one can learn to change our reactions and understand them from a culturally relevant point of view.
Remember, that a response may be culturally appropriate but is not appropriate to the situation. Example, yelling and calling out maybe normal culturally at home but it is not appropriate in the school setting. This is an example of a cultural norm that must not be acceptable in the classroom.
Chapter 5: Building the Foundation of Learning Partnerships
Building a Learning Partnership is key. This is a relationship where the student believes you are on their team, where you expect the best from the student, and where you listen to the student without judgment.
Research has shown that being rejected results in the same brain response as stubbing the toe. Both are painful and interfere with learning. In fact, when this happens learning stops for 20 minutes and it can interfere for up to 3 hours! Think about the last issue in your room? We ask our students to immediately refocus. We are expecting the impossible!
Read Chapters 3-5. Answer the questions posed above. Join us on Instagram for the discussion this week about each of these chapters. Share how ideas on how this will affect your classroom. What resources do you use and recommend to others?
Remember, the information I shared above is just a few highlights from the book that spoke to me. What you take away can (should) be different. Feel free to share any of your thoughts, ask your own questions, and make this study yours!
Until Next Time,
Hi! My name is Misty. I am a 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Mama of 5, and author of The Path to Passionate Teaching.