Brain based learning is one of those educational catch phrases we hear all the time, but what does it actually mean? According to The Glossary of Education Reform, “brain based learning refers to teaching methods… that are based on the latest scientific research about how the brain learns.” Moreover, such an approach is “motivated by the general belief that learning can be accelerated and improved if educators base how and what they teach on the science of learning.” This past week, Sarah Armstrong Ed. D completed a two-year relationship with Rectory, where she sought to inculcate a brain based instructional approach among our faculty. Dr. Armstrong is the author of Teaching Smarter with the Brain in Focus (2008) and A Practical Guide to Tiering Instruction in a Differentiated Classroom (2010), and has years of experience in education and as a neuro-educational consultant.
Please click on this article's title to read about Dr. Armstrong's work with Rectory teachers.
Did you know that Rectory has an online student newspaper? It’s called The DiRectory, and it can be accessed from the Rectory School website or by typing studentnewspaper.rectoryschool.org into your browser. Students who want to be a member of The DiRectory staff can sign up for the newspaper elective, which meets for one hour twice a week. Please click on the title of this article to learn more.
On Monday, April 18, six Rectory students visited the University of Connecticut campus with English teacher Matthew Winkler for an evening of literature and culture.
The outing began with a tour of the UConn campus. Students were impressed by the massive brick buildings and commented that the undergraduate students looked like high schoolers. After a stop at Sweet Emotions candy store, the group met poet Joan Seliger Sidney and her husband, Stu, for dinner at Husky Pizza. The sixth through ninth graders were excited to meet the poet in person, and the Sidneys were charmed by the diverse and erudite group.