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ESE370: Learning & the Brain

ESE370: Week 5 – Final Project

Week 5 – Final Project

Teaching and Learning Issues Within a Cognitive Context

To create your Final Project, you will choose one of the groups or issues below to address a current issue in education. 

  • Describe the issue, being sure to identify the relevant age and/or grade levels.
  • Explain why the issue poses a problem or concern, being sure to address human development and cognitive processes.  
  • Discuss at least one innovative teaching and/or learning strategy to address this issue, including justification from brain research. 

Choose one of the following issues or groups: 

  • The distressed/stressed learner
  • Poverty, homelessness, and hunger
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Single gender classrooms
  • Supporting alternative learning behaviors
  • Hearing loss
  • Speech and language delay
  • Early language development and literacy 
  • Adolescent language development and literacy

You must use and cite at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text. Your paper should be eight to ten pages with proper formatting according to the 6th edition of the APA style manual (including Times New Roman, 12 point font, with double line spacing and one inch margins). 

The paper must also demonstrate clear writing with proper grammar, sentence, structure, paragraph development, and essay organization (introduction with thesis statement and conclusion that summarizes main points).

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ESE370: Week 5 – Discussion 2

Week 5 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Course Reflection

As you reflect on this course, how has your knowledge of neuroplasticity contributed to a more thorough understanding of brain development and learning? Does the traditional educational system teach learners to think? Does understanding the brain functions and cognitive processes help you to evaluate each learner with respect to learning differences? Why or why not? 

Guided Response: Review at least two of your classmates’ posts and extend their learning by challenging their responses. Challenge your classmates by asking a question that may cause them to reevaluate or confirm their belief and understanding. Or you may offer additional information that may confirm their belief and provide them words of encouragement.

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ESE370: Week 5 – Discussion 1

Week 5 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Brain-Based Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies

Chapter Six of the textbook (Willis & Mitchell, 2014) discussed strategies to increase active participation and responsive students in the classroom. One barrier to active participation and responsive engagement is “mistake fear.” After reading the textbook, describe a time when you experienced mistake fear. As you describe your experience, think of the description as a picture you need to paint with vivid details to help us understand your experience. After describing the experience in detail, use the strategies suggested in the textbook to discuss how you can help students (through instructional design or facilitation/teaching) who may also experience this phenomenon (mistake fear). 

Guided Response: Review at least two of your classmates’ posts and evaluate the strategies they suggested.  Ask your classmates to clarify any confusing elements of their posting and point out any strategies you feel are weak.  Extend their thinking by making a suggestion for another strategy or how they can make their strategy stronger. Also, comment on their personal experience with mistake fear and explain how it might be similar/dissimilar to your experience.

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ESE370: Learning & the Brain

ESE370: Week 4 – Journal

Making Learning Meaningful

Think about your own learning experience in grade school.  What teacher had the most influence on you and why?  Were rewards important to you?  Why or why not?

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries.

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ESE370: Week 4 – Discussion 2

Week 4 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Chemicals in the Brain that Impact Learning and Memory

Based on your assigned topic below, locate an article in the Ashford Library (Links to an external site.). Summarize the journal article and discuss how this chemical can affect learning and memory. Provide a specific example of how this chemical can hinder or enhance the learning. What activity or strategy can you use in design or facilitation/teaching to increase or decrease this chemical within the brain to support learning? You may find a relevant article listed in the recommended resources. If you need assistance using the library to find an article, please watch this library tutorial, Choosing Articles and Revising Results (Links to an external site.).

Article Choice Grouping (by the first letter of the last name):

A- D: Article 1Article 1: Acetylcholine
E – H: Article 2Article 2: Serotonin
I – M: Article 3Article 3: Norepinephrine
N- S: Article 4Article 4: Cortisol
T – Z: Article 5Article 5: Dopamine


Guided Response: 
Review two of your classmates’ posts and analyze the connections they have made between the findings of their article and the textbook. Do you agree or disagree with their findings and interpretation? Why or why not? Relate the findings to your own experience (either personally or professionally).

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ESE370: Week 3 – Assignment

Week 3 – Assignment

Emotions are Critical

Emotions play a large part in the learning process. Emotions impact how we learn and the information that we are able to retain. Our brains are highly sensitive to each of our emotional states. Educators should be aware of these issues and how they, as educators, can influence the emotional states of their students. Write a four page paper on how emotions are critical to learning including attention, memory, and meaning.

Your paper must demonstrate the following points:

  • Identify and discuss the part(s) of the brain impacted by emotions.
  • Evaluate how emotions influence learning, memory, attention, and meaning.
  • Discuss how to build a positive emotional climate in the classroom.

You must use and cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text. Your paper should be a minimum of four pages with proper formatting according to the 6th edition of the APA style manual (including Times New Roman, 12 point font, with double line spacing and one inch margins). 

The paper must also demonstrate clear writing with proper grammar, sentence, structure, paragraph development, and essay organization (introduction with thesis statement and conclusion that summarizes main points).

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ESE370: Week 3 – Journal

Week 3 – Journal

Bind the Learning

Critically reflect on your personal educational goals and describe three substantial reasons why reaching your goals is important to you.  Explain how your emotions either help or hinder you in reaching your educational goals.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries.

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ESE370: Week 3 – Discussion 2

Week 3 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Optimal Environment

To create an optimal environment for learning, we must consider more than just the furniture. Our brain is influenced by aromas in the room, music playing, and even the number of plants that populate the space. Describe a time from your own learning experience that was influenced in either a negative or positive way by the physical learning environment. Using examples from the course materials, describe your optimal environment for learning. Be sure to explain why you would include or exclude particular elements. In addition to the Willis and Mitchell (2014) textbook, Chapter 5 of the Given text and Chapter 6 of the Jensen text may also be useful.

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts and compare their learning experiences to your own. Suggest how you may have responded in their situation. Provide additional recommendations for creating the optimal environment for learning. Let them know how you would be influenced by what they have included in their optimal environment.This topic is closed for comments.

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ESE370: Week 3 – Discussion 1

Week 3 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Sensory Contributions to Learning

The main types of developmental delays in children include cognitive, emotional, motor skills, vision, and speech. Willis and Mitchell (2014) address sensory contributions to learning and how important these executive processes such as sight, touch, taste, smell, acoustics, and emotions are to learning. An individual can experience cognitive, emotional, motor skills, vision, and/or speech delays that affect their learning. How does understanding sensory contributions to learning help you to design and deliver instruction for individuals with developmental delays? Offer at least one specific example using one of the developmental delays mentioned (cognitive, emotional, motor, vision, or speech). Note that there are several recommended resources that could help you to participate in this discussion.

Guided Response:  Review at least two of your classmates’ posts and extend their learning by asking them to clarify their understanding, share an example or experience. Share an insight or something you learned from reading your classmates’ posts or from the text that helps to clarify your thinking.

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ESE370: Week 2 – Assignment

Week 2 – Assignment

Brain Function

In a three-page paper, demonstrate your understanding of the role that sensory experiences have in the learning process. 

  • Discuss how information is carried from the sensory signals and transmitted to other areas of the brain for further processing. Support your discussion with at least 2 examples, terms, and concepts from professional experience and/or academic sources.
  • Analyze the brain’s attentional filter and executive process. Include details regarding each step involved in processing and attention, as well as relevant environmental impacts supported by references to professional experience and/or appropriate research and theory from academic sources.
  • Explain the areas of the brain responsible for attention (attentional filter) and executive functioning and address the relationship between executive functioning, attention, and the learning process. Include details regarding relevant brain structures and functioning that relate to learning and support those details by references to professional experience and/or appropriate research and theory.
  • Explain the various ways to stimulate the Reticular Activating System (RAS) and strengthen the executive functioning networks. Include details regarding ways to stimulate the RAS and strengthen executive functioning networks and support those details by references to professional experience and/or appropriate research and theory.

You must use at least one scholarly article in addition to the text. The title and references pages must be included and do not count toward the three page requirement. Your paper must be in APA format, including Times New Roman, 12 point font with double line spacing and one inch margins on all sides. The paper must also demonstrate clear writing with proper grammar, sentence, structure, paragraph development, and essay organization (introduction with thesis statement and conclusion that summarizes main points).

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.