Chaos in the Classroom

ISBN-10: 159460407X
ISBN-13: 9781594604072
Edition: 2008
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 100
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

This book combines cognitive learning theory, constructivist learning theory, brain-based learning theory with chaos theory to create an entirely new theory of learning. It shows how the four theories share mutual principles that explain many of the gaps in our understanding of the learning process. The authors take the reader through each of the theories and explain their overlapping principles. Using examples from actual classrooms from elementary school to graduate school, they show how an understanding of the new learning theory helps create the conditions necessary for critical thinking and deep understanding of content. The last chapter is a play-by-play set of instructions for creating chaos in your own classroom.

Introduction
The Nonlinear Dynamic Theory of Learning
A New Theory
Why Do We Need a New Theory of Learning?
Beginning with Critical Thinking for Every Child
Chaos Theory As a Window to the Learning Process
Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions
Iteration
Self-Similarity (Fractals), Catastrophe Shelves, Density and Strange Attractors
Summary
Brain-Based Teaching Theory
Each Brain Is Unique
Brains Are Globally Stable but Locally Flexible, Incredibly Complex, Are Uniquely Shaped by Experiences, and Maintain Their Ability to Restructure Themselves throughout Life
Emotions Are Critical to the Restructuring Process
Brains Act to Create Meaning through a Process of Compare/Contrast and Patterning
Brains Create Meaning within Contexts
Summary
Finding the Strange Attractor
The Structure Underlying Chaos
Graphing the Strange Attractor
The Didactic Lesson
A Random Discussion
Summary
Headfirst and on Purpose
Over the Catastrophe Shelf
The First Class
The Second Class
The Third Class
Headfirst and on Purpose
Summary
Creating Chaos and Loving It
Implications for Teachers
Chaos Theory As a Window to the Learning Process
What Is a Catastrophe Shelf and How Do We Get Students on One?
Summary
References
Index

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