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 The Dendrite Song

 Considerations for Daily Planning

We Have Nothing to Phobe but Phobe Itself - A List of Phobias

 Brain Storming

A partial list of enrichment practices for teaching

Brain Glossary
         Primacy Recency

Primacy Recency and Learning Styles (presentation)

l      Left Brain Right Brain Quiz
Choose the one sentence that is more true. Do not leave any blanks.

  1. A ) It's fun to take risks.
    B ) I have fun without taking risks.
  2. A ) I look for new ways to do old jobs.
    B ) When one way works well, I don't change it.
  3. A ) I begin many jobs that I never finish.
    B ) I finish a job before starting a new one.
  4. A ) I'm not very imaginative in my work.
    B ) I use my imagination in everything I do.
  5. A ) I can analyze what is going to happen next.
    B ) I can sense what is going to happen next.
  6. A ) I try to find the one best way to solve a problem.
    B ) I try to find different answers to problems.
  7. A ) My thinking is like pictures going through my head.
    B ) My thinking is like words going through my head.
  8. A ) I agree with new ideas before other people do.
    B ) I question new ideas more than other people do.
  9. A ) Other people don't understand how I organize things
           B ) Other people think I organize well
  1. A ) I have good self-discipline.
    B ) I usually act on my feelings.
  2. A ) I plan time for doing my work.
    B ) I don't think about the time when I work.
  3. A ) With a hard decision, I choose what I know is right.
    B ) With a hard decision, I choose what I feel is right.
  4. A ) I do easy things first and important things later.
    B ) I do the important things first and the easy things later.
  5. A ) Sometimes in a new situation, I have too many ideas.
    B ) Sometimes in a new situation, I don't have any ideas.
  6. A ) I have to have a lot of change and variety in my life.
    B ) I have to have an orderly and well-planned life.
  7. A ) I know I'm right, because I have good reasons.
    B ) I know I'm right, even without good reasons
  8. A ) I spread my work evenly over the time I have.
    B ) I prefer to do my work at the last minute.
  9. A ) I keep everything in a particular place.
    B ) Where I keep things depends on what I'm doing.
  10. A ) I have to make my own plans.
    B ) I can follow anyone's plans.
  11. A ) I am a very flexible and unpredictable person.
    B ) I am a consistent and stable person.
  12. A ) With a new task, I want to find my own way of doing it.
    B ) With a new task, I want to be told the best way to it.

l      To Score

l      Give yourself one point for each time you answered "A" for questions: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21.

l      Give yourself one point for each time you answered "B" for questions: 4 ,5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18.

l      Add all points. Totals imply:
0-4: strong left brain
5-8: moderate left brain
9-13: middle brain
14-16: moderate right brain
17-21: strong right brain



1.  Did your score surprise you?  Why or Why not?



And What Does It All Mean?...........

Brain Hemisphere Functions - Yes, "we have nothing to sphere but sphere itself"

         Left Hemisphere Functions

         Connected to right side of the body

         Processes input in a sequential and analytical manner

         Time sensitive

         Generates spoken language

         Does invariable and arithmetic operations

         Specialized in recognizing words and numbers (as words)

         Active in constructing false memories

         Seeks explanations for why events occur

         Better at arousing attention to deal with outside stimuli


         Right Hemisphere Functions

         Connected to the left side of the body

         Processes input more holistically and abstractly

         Space sensitive

         Interprets language through gestures, facial movements, emotions, and body language

         Does relational and mathematical operations

         Specializes in recognizing faces, places, objects, and music

         More truthful in recall

         Puts events into spatial patterns

         Better at internal processing.


From How the Brain Learns David Sousa


 Composed by Bruce Campbell

nUse your dendrites,
Use your dendrites,
To connect throughout your brain.
Take in info, analyze it,
Grow some new ones
nAxons send out
To the dendrites all around
Across the synapse
Jumps the impulse
New ideas can now abound.
Is what the brain needs
To make dendrites stretch and grow.
New connections
Make us smarter
In what we think and what we know.
nUse your dendrites,
Use your dendrites,
To connect throughout your brain
Take in info, analyze it,
Grow some new ones

Considerations for Daily Planning

n      The brain is social

n      The search for meaning is innate

n      Learning involves focused and peripheral attention

n      Learning engages the entire person (cognitive, affective, and psychomotor)

n      The human brain seeks patterns in its search for meaning

n      Emotions are an integral part of learning, retention and recall

n      Lecture usually results in the lowest form of retention

n      Practice (rehearsal) is essential for retention

n      The brain is a parallel processor performing many functions simultaneously

n      Complex learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat

n      Each brain is unique.


 We Have Nothing to Phobe but Phobe Itself - A List of Phobias

From Kendra Van Wagner,


Achluophobia - Fear of darkness.
Acrophobia - Fear of heights.
Agliophobia - Fear of pain.
Agoraphobia - Fear of open spaces or crowds.
Aichmophobia - Fear of needles or pointed objects.
Amaxophobia - Fear of riding in a car.
Androphobia - Fear of men.
Anginophobia - Fear of angina or choking.
Anthrophobia - Fear of flowers.
Anthropophobia - Fear of people or society.
Aphenphosmphobia - Fear of being touched.
Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia - Fear of numbers.
Ataxophobia - Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia - Fear of imperfection.

Atychiphobia - Fear of failure.
Autophobia - Fear of being alone.


Bacteriophobia - Fear of bacteria.
Barophobia - Fear of gravity.
Bathmophobia - Fear of stairs or steep slopes.
Batrachophobia - Fear of amphibians.
Belonephobia - Fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia - Fear of books.
Botanophobia - Fear of plants.
Brontophobia - Fear of thunder and lightening.


Cacophobia - Fear of ugliness.

Catagelophobia - Fear of being ridiculed.

Catoptrophobia - Fear of mirrors.
Chionophobia - Fear of snow.
Chromophobia - Fear of colors.
Chronomentrophobia - Fear of clocks.
Claustrophobia - Fear of confined spaces.
Coulrophobia - Fear of clowns.
Cyberphobia - Fear of computers.
Cynophobia - Fear of dogs.


Dendrophobia - Fear of trees.
Dentophobia - Fear of dentists.
Domatophobia - Fear of houses.
Dystychiphobia - Fear of accidents.


Ecophobia - Fear of the home.
Elurophobia - Fear of cats.
Entomophobia - Fear of insects.
Ephebiphobia - Fear of teenagers.
Equinophobia - Fear of horses.


Gamophobia - Fear of marriage.
Genuphobia - Fear of knees.
Glossophobia - Fear of speaking in public.
Gynophobia - Fear of women.


Heliophobia - Fear of the sun.
Hemophobia - Fear of blood.
Herpetophobia - Fear of reptiles.
Hydrophobia - Fear of water.


Iatrophobia - Fear of doctors.
Insectophobia - Fear of insects.


Koinoniphobia - Fear of rooms.


Leukophobia - Fear of the color white.
Lilapsophobia - Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes.
Lockiophobia - Fear of childbirth.


Mageirocophobia - Fear of cooking.
Melanophobia - Fear of the color black.
Microphobia - Fear of small things.


Necrophobia - Fear of death or dead things.
Noctiphobia - Fear of the night.
Nosocomephobia - Fear of hospitals.


Obesophobia - Fear of gaining weight.
Octophobia - Fear of the figure 8.
Ombrophobia - Fear of rain.
Ophidiophobia - Fear of snakes.
Ornithophobia - Fear of birds.


Papyrophobia - Fear of paper.
Pathophobia - Fear of disease.
Pedophobia - Fear of children.
Philophobia - Fear of love.
Phobophobia - Fear of phobias.
Porphyrophobia - Fear of the color purple.
Pteridophobia - Fear of ferns
Pteromerhanophobia - Fear of flying.
Pyrophobia - Fear of fire.


Scolionophobia - Fear of school.
Selenophobia - Fear of the moon.
Sociophobia - Fear of social evaluation.
Somniphobia - Fear of sleep.


Tachophobia - Fear of speed.
Technophobia - Fear of technology.
Tonitrophobia - Fear of thunder.
Trypanophobia - Fear of injections.


Venustraphobia - Fear of beautiful women.
Verminophobia - Fear of germs.
Wiccaphobia - Fear of witches and witchcraft.
Xenophobia - Fear of strangers or foreigners.
Zoophobia - Fear of animals.

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From Brain Basics Top Ten

A partial list of enrichment practices for teaching

  1. New and novel learning experiences as standard practice
  2. Variety of teaching strategies consistently used
  3. Learner feedback consistently embedded in instruction
  4. Consistent access to and interaction with rich and varied literature and media
  5. Physical activity consistently integrated throughout the curriculum in all grades
  6. Consistent opportunity to solve complex, challenging problems in the learning context
  7. Consistent integration of the arts throughout the curriculum

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Brain Glossary

Acetylcholine:  A neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory.  It is present in higher levels during sleep

ACTH:  Adrenochoricotropin hormone is released during stress by the pituitary gland

Adagio:  A slow tempoo or movement, as in a symphony

Amydala:  Almond-shaped structure in the limbic area of the brain that catalogs emotional memory.

Axon:  The long nerve fiber on a neuron that sends messages to other neurons

Brain stem:  Also called the reptilian brain.  This is the lower level of the brain where information enters.

Cerebellum:  Also called the little brain.  Located at the base of the brain, this structure is linked to posture, balance, coordination, and some memory

Cerebrum:  This structure consists of the right and left hemispheres.  It has four lobes; frontal, parietal, occipatal, and temporal.

Cingulate gyrus:  This structure mediates information between the cortex and the limbic structures.  It is located between them.

Corpus callosum:  A bundle of nerve fibers connecting the left and right hemispheres.

Cortisol:  The stress hormone secreted by the adrenal glands during stress.

CRF:  Corticotropin releasing factor.  This chemical is secreted by the hypothalamus.  It causes the pituitary gland to release ACTH

Dendrite:  Thin fiber that grows from the cell body of the neuron.  It receives information from other neurons.

Dopamine:  a neurotransmitter involved in mood and movement.

Electroencephalogram:  Usually referred to as EEG.  It records your brain wave activity when you are concentrating, asleeep, and awake.

Emotional Memory:  Memory dealing with feelings.  It is cataloged through the amydala.

Endorphin:  A neurotransmitter, endogenous morphine, the body?s natural painkiller.

Enkephalin:  Involved in pain and pleasure, the peptide neurotransmitter is part of the endogenous morphine system.

Enteric nervous system:  The local nervous system of the digestive tract.

Episodic Memory:  Memory involving location that is stored through the hippocampus.

Eustress:  Mild, positive stress.

GABA:  Gamma-aminbutyric acid, a neurotransmitter that prevents neurons from firing.

Glian cell:  brain cell that supports neurons.

Glutamate:  Plentiful neurotransmittter involved with activating neurons.

Hippocampus:  Seahorse-shaped structure involved with factual memory

Homeostasis:  The literal mean is ? keeping things the same.?  the body/brain seeks to keeep balance.

HPA Axis - The HPa (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis is the system that responds to stress.  Its final producs, corticosteroids, target components of the limbic system, particularly the hippocampus.

Hypothalamus - Located beneath the thalamus, this structure regulaates intermal information.

Interneuron:  A nerve cell found entirely within the nervous system that acts as a link between sesnory and motor neurons.

Limbic brain:  a group of structures in the brain associated with memory and emotions.

Mammillary bodies:  meory processing structures connected to the hippocampus

Myelin:  White fatty substance that coats the axons of most neurons.  It speeds transmission of messages.

Neocortex:  The top layer of the cerebrum, in which higher-level thinksing occurs.

Neuron:  The nerve cell of the brain involved in learning.

Neurotransmitters:  Chemicals produced in neurons to send messages.

Parasympathetic nervous system:  This system is concerned with conservation and restoration of energy.  It causes a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure and facilitates digestion, absorption of nutrients, and excretion of waste products.

Performance Assessment:  The demonstration of a skill or behavior using a rubric

PET scan:  Positron emission tomography, a brain-imaging technique tha uses radioactive glucose to measure the amount of glucose used by various areas of the brain during specific tasks.

Pineal gland:  This glan regulates the release of neurotransmitters in charge of sleep.

Pituitary gland:  The gland that runs the endocrine system.  It is involved in the stress response.

Plasticity:  the brain?s ability to change.

Reptilian Brain:  Another term for the brain stem, the most primitive area of the brain.

Semantic memory:  Factual memory associated with the  hippocampus

Serotonin:  A neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood.

Sympathetic nervous system:  This system enables the body to be prepared for fear, flight, or fight

Synapse:  The space between the axon of the sending neuron and dendrite of the receiving neuron

Thalamus:  This structure in the limbic area of the brain sorts messages


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