NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

What Every Teacher Should Know About The Brain & Learning

EDUC 600




Instructor: Joan Sousae, MAED

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Partner Course Fee: $199

Partner Class Offered Through NaMaYaPD

Course Description:

Jensen (1997) says that, “While the old academic model addressed primarily the intellectual aspects of learning, the prevailing model suggests that we learn with our mind, heart and body. This more holistic view underscores the importance of considering all of the learner’s issues.” This course examines how learning occurs and the implications for helping all students to be successful. Participants will look at the factors that identify being smart and the factors that label us as slow learners or overachievers. Participants will look at the factors that help students take in information at a more efficient rate and the factors that help students to retrieve information from long-term memory. Information on the importance of activating prior knowledge and on providing opportunities for reflection will be discussed. Participants will learn tactics to help students learn and remember declarative knowledge and the importance of procedural tools. Participants will make connections between the information on how learning occurs to ways to prepare and teach effective lessons. Instruction is focused on providing participants with information and practice that will lead to greater awareness of the factors that affect learning and how to maximize positive teaching tools in the classroom.


The successful student will:

• Identify the importance of both explicit and indirect teaching activities and when it is appropriate to use each.
• Understand how the brain takes in information, how processes the information and how it retrieves information from storage.
• Develop a repertoire for helping students store information at a greater rate.
• Explore ways to help students become independent learners.
• Create lessons that activate prior learning.
• Identify ways to help students become independent learners.
• Have a clearer understanding of the retrieval systems of the brain and their importance to student success.


A list of readings will be provided upon course enrollment.

Special Instructions:

  • This course is no longer available.