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Jacksonville, Alabama

JSU Hosts "Brain-Compatible Learning" Workshop Oct. 4

JACKSONVILLE -- September 20, 2002 -- Fritz Mengert, Ph.D., professor emeritus of neurology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, will facilitate a Jacksonville State University workshop for teachers and students on brain-compatible learning on Friday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of Houston Cole Library.

According to Mengert, brain-compatible teaching involves setting up environments aimed at removing tension and stress; recognizing individual performance, experience, and interest; allowing time for frequent reviews during presentations; and recognizing that learning and emotion are connected.

The Jacksonville State University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International and the JSU chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are sponsoring the workshop.

Mengert works with schools to help create brain-compatible classrooms that accommodate the basic needs of students as they learn. Mengert interprets neurological research to teachers and works with them to find ways to apply the research to their teaching. He has been working with teachers and school systems for approximately twenty years to create better teaching and learning environments. He helps educators understand that a child's basic needs must be satisfied before instructors can expect them to acquire academic knowledge.

"Not everyone learns alike," said Jan Smith, a University of Georgia educator familiar with Mengert and brain-compatible learning. "Whole brain learning is a holistic approach to teaching and learning. It's about making the connections between experiences students have had and the new information presented in the classroom. It takes into account the physiology of the brain, the experiences of the learner, the learning environment, and the individual learner."

The program will include other nationally-known presenters.

To register or obtain more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Zuelke at ext. 5182 or Mrs. Nina King at ext. 5845.


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