Takes current research on differentiation, positive education and resilience, and relates it to brain systems thereby increasing students learning outcomes
Neurodevelopmental differentiation (NDD) involves parents and teachers helping students increase the effectiveness of each of their brain system areas and find ways to succeed. This may require teachers making small but significant changes to their teaching practice. NDD utilises current research on positive education and resilience, aiming to make a powerful difference in the classroom. NDD equips staff with the tools required to differentiate according to the strengths and blockages in individual learner’s brains, including in the areas of spatial reasoning, number and word smarts, motor skills, concentration and memory, planning and sequencing, thinking and logic. The use of neuro-developmental differentiation provides a way for teachers to cater, build strengths and work with students to achieve.
9:00 | Arrival
9:30 | Commencement and Group Introduction
9:45 | Session 1: Discovering Neuro-Developmental Differentiation
This first section aims to give attendees an overall view of NDD, what it can be used for, and how to use it. Breaking down NDD, Andrew shows teachers the benefits of NDD, how it involves teaching students about their brains and how they learn so they can use their strengths to overcome obstacles to learning.
Learning Outcomes: Attendees walk away feeling educated on the topic of NDD and how to implement strategies to address NDD within the school system.
Morning Tea & Networking
12:00 | Session 2: The Brain Systems
The main brain systems include: Concentration and Memory, Language and Words, Numbers, Spatial Reasoning, Perceptual/Motor Co-ordination, Thinking and Logic, Planning and Sequencing and People Skills. This session addresses the above brain systems and aims to teach attendees how to understand the systems in terms of student learning, determining priority areas for development and acknowledging that students may experience challenges in one or more systems.
Learning Outcomes: Attendees should walk away feeling more confident in understanding different brain systems and the effects they have on students
1:45 | Session 3: Developing Brain Systems to Build Learning
Implementing the skills from previous classes, Andrew demonstrates how to use these brain systems to help build learning and students success. The session shows how teachers and parents can have an impact on the inputs, processing and outputs within the eight brain systems.
Groups should walk away feeling confident to implement NDD in school systems as well as cater and build different strengths for different types of students.