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Spring 2018 TLC: Using Developmental and Cognitive Sciences to Enhance Instruction - Activity 1 Resources

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.

Continuous Improvement in Teaching: Developing a Question

The purpose of this two-week activity is to become familiar with Schoology, as well as to take the time to consider the themes introduced at the opening meeting, and reflect on the direction your work will take in this TLC. What are your strengths when it comes to understanding how student development impacts learning, helping your students build academic tenacity, and supporting students’ ability to advocate for their learning?  


In this article, educator and neurologist Judy Willis describes how brains develop critical thinking skills. It addresses ways that classroom practices can help build executive function. 

In this video, Todd Rose presents why we use the average to run business, education and medicine, and how the average really doesn't apply to any of those fields.  Instead, we should be focusing on the Science of the Individual.