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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Wednesday, July 20 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Engage Students with Whole-Brain Thinking and Learning

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Creativity. Innovation. Critical thinking. Problem solving. These are the goal posts for 21st century students. Recent brain-based research supports the notion that hands-on making, building, and creating not only nurture creativity, but also impact cognition, working memory, and innovative problem solving. While we don't have to be neuroscientists to be effective in the classroom, if we are to truly master the craft of teaching we must have an understanding of how the brain learns. Furthermore, if we want to nurture creativity, innovation, and critical thinking, we need to learn how to engage the whole brain. As STEAM-based learning creates a significant shift away from rote academics, whole-brain instruction provides pedagogically sound experiences that engage students and build their capacity to learn. Participants in this session will explore:

—Recent brain-based research illuminating cognitive function as it relates to teaching and learning;
—The application of this scientific research as it applies to classroom instruction;
—Whole-brain learning experiences that promote creativity, problem solving, memory, and analytical skills - all critical elements of STEAM instruction.

Speakers
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Melissa Hughes

Founder and President, Andrick Group
Dr. Melissa Hughes is the Founder and President of the Andrick Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and master's degrees in Instructional Technology and Educational Administration. Throughout her career, Melissa has taught students from primary grades to the university level. She has authored more than a dozen resource publications and developed countless instructional materials for the classroom based upon best practice and sound... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza