Help me inform my teaching with books on childhood brain development
April 2, 2014 2:15 PM Subscribe
What books/resources on childhood brain development will best inform my work as a teacher and curriculum writer for young learners? (explanation after the jump)
posted by chickenandwine to Education (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am an educator and curriculum writer for students in early elementary to middle school (roughly ages 8-14). The latest thinking in education is such that students are being pushed toward "higher order thinking skills" earlier and earlier in their educational career.
While I want to challenge students, I often feel like I don't have enough background on the types of knowledge and skills that are developmentally appropriate for young learners. Sometimes I think I am being pushed to challenge students in ways they are just not developmentally ready for. To that end, what books or other resources can I read to better inform myself on child brain development as it pertains to education?
Questions I struggle with:
-Is it ever "too early" to build certain types of critical thinking skills?
-Is there a developmental "sweet spot" for language and vocabulary acquisition that educators should be capitalizing on?
-How does brain development affect the ability to draw inferences?
-Are children of a certain age limited in their ability to think rationally? What do we know about how rational thinking and problem-solving develop?
Thanks in advance for your answers and advice!