Cathy Gangstad Workshops:
Brain Friendly Teaching Strategies
Today, we know more than ever before about how the brain works and learns. As educators, it is imperative that we understand the brain as it relates to memory, motivation, and learning. As a certified educational trainer, Cathy Gangstad is dedicated to empowering teachers by translating current brain research into relevant, practical, and ready-to-implement information. Real learning is not a spectator sport. Students don't learn a great deal when they sit in the classroom and listen to a teacher lecture or when they are forced to memorize material and spit back the answers. Real learning happens when students talk about what they're learning, when they can relate the learning to their prior knowledge, and when they can apply the learning to their own lives. Real learning requires students to take information, make connections, and to elaborate and rehearse the material as they make it their own. Life and learning are all about connections, cognitive connections and interpersonal connections. Research tells us it is these connections, the relationships, and the people in children's lives that make the biggest difference. We know that students who feel connected to school are more successful in school. For many students, school is an enriching experience because of the caring and committed educators they encountered during their school career.