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Cognitive Skills and Differentiation

About This Webinar

The concept of differentiated instruction is intuitively appealing. Each child is unique and each brain learns uniquely. In a sense, all learning is differentiated, by definition, even when instruction isn’t. But many teachers struggle with providing meaningful and effective differentiation in the classroom and there is controversy regarding the value of differentiation and its impact.

Teachers typically differentiate instruction based on students’ interests, students’ goals, students’ readiness to learn something, and other factors. But some of the most important factors that affect the learning process are largely invisible – a students’ cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

Cognitive skills are the mental processes our brains use to take in, comprehend, organize, store and retrieve information. And while some, like attention, working memory and processing speed, have almost become household terms, even those are not well understood by most teachers. This webinar will review the value of cognitive assessment as the basis for meaningful differentiation of instruction by tying cognitive skills directly to learning strategies.

  • The Cognitive Skills Essential for Learning
  • Assessing Cognitive Skills
  • What Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesse Look Like in the Classroom
  • Differentiating Strategies Based on Cognitive Skills
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Webinar ID: 01769b00533f
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Betsy Hill
Betsy Hill is an experienced educator and President of BrainWare Learning Company. She has studied the application of neuroscience to teaching and learning with Dr. Patricia Wolfe and other experts and works with educators, clinicians and corporate trainers on using neuroscience research to address some of the most perplexing problems in education, including closing the gap for historically underperforming students. She addressed issues of college and career preparedness as a trustee and board chair at Chicago State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and an MBA from Northwestern University, and teaches strategy at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the University of Illinois Chicago.

I like to describe myself as a "recovering" educator, but the truth is that I am more excited than ever about what neuroscience is uncovering about the brain and how we can use that information to enable each individual to reach his or her cognitive potential. I'm here to share what I've been learning over the last ten years and to continue learning from others in this amazing and fast developing field.
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Brains ON! webinar platform hosts Cognitive Skills and Differentiation
Educators, parents, clinicians and others who want to use the latest neuroscience research in practical ways to help their students, children and themselves reach their full potential.
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