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The Developing Brain: Birth to Age Eight [Paperback]

Marilee Sprenger

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Book Description

Jan. 31 2008 1412955351 978-1412955355 0
Synthesizing information from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and child development, this reader-friendly guide explains the basics of early brain development and provides brain-compatible teaching practices.

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"I truly enjoyed the book and had trouble putting it down. The developmental checklists at the end of each chapter are awesome! I have pored over them and learned so much about my children, niece, and neighbors. Thanks for providing such a neat way to communicate expectations and guidelines." -- Stacey B. Ferguson, Teacher 20071025 "The author has managed to untangle a very complex topic and make it applicable to everyday learning and teaching. The continuous application of research to learning is a strength of the book. A true gift to a broad band of educators." -- Laura Linde, Literacy Coach 20071026 "This tool shows how classrooms can differentiate instruction, spend time on what really matters, and make sure that all children are making progress. I love the practical applications for each age level and what teachers can do to support optimal learning in their classrooms. Fantastic!" -- Stephanie Malin, Elementary Instructional Coach 20071026 "The author took difficult information on the brain and synthesized it so that it is reader-friendly and easy to understand. She provided ideas that could easily be implemented in a classroom or at home and identified the curriculum areas for growth." -- Gail Underwood, Math Coach 20071026 "Chapters cover the basic research on the brain as it relates to educators and child development issues, pairing this survey with development checklists and over 100 brain-based activities for classroom or child care environments." -- California Bookwatch, June 2008 20080711

About the Author

Marilee Sprenger is an adjunct professor at Aurora University, where she teaches graduate courses on brain-based teaching, learning and memory, and differentiation. A creative and compassionate educator, she began her career teaching prekindergarten and kindergarten. She has also taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level. As an independent consultant, her passion is brain-based teaching and best practices using brain research and differentiation. She also consults in the areas of learning styles, using music in the classroom, teaming, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, and memory. As an educational consultant with Two Rivers Professional Development Center, she worked for the Illinois Regional Offices of Education in the area of staff development associated with learning standards and testing. She speaks internationally, and her interactive and engaging style allows participants to make connections with their classrooms and their students. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology and is constantly updated on current research. Sprenger is the author of several books, including Memory 101 for Educators and Becoming a Wiz at Brain-Based Teaching, Second Edition, published by Corwin Press. She has contributed to textbooks, and her articles have appeared in publications such as Educational Leadership and the ASCD Brain-based Education/Learning Styles Networker. Her dedication to education has won her many awards, but she cherishes most the wonderful students and teachers whose lives have touched hers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! April 15 2010
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I have used this for my students and my own children. I like the child development checklists for each age group, and I've used the brain based strategies. The book has helped me differentiate instruction and follow my students' progress. It's a great resource.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lite weight Aug. 30 2009
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This book was well written and reviewed basics of child development and recent brain development rather well. It was written for teachers and like many books written for educators underestimate the intellengence of teachers. It is filled with pictures rather than more information. I think there could have been a lot more meat on it's pages regarding brain complexity and how it should guide teaching. I came away with some new information but mostly it reinforced what I already knew. Well written, simple, clear but lacking in information for anyone really wanting to know how the brain develops.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shelby Dec 22 2013
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I rated this because I can't wait to start using this book for college next month for winter quarter at school.

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