Number 4, Vol. 7  | July 15, 2021

> Mind-Brain Education & Learning Sciences

Mind-Brain-Education (MBE) is a transdisciplinary field of research that exists within the field of Learning Sciences. This field of research grew out of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Education and helps us understand learning as a process we are constantly engaged in as we interact with our world rather than what we traditionally think occurs in a classroom setting. In this line of reasoning, learning is more akin to breathing than a sort of intentional practice.

> 6 Principles of MBE Research

MBE research is organized around six principles:
  1. Each brain is unique and uniquely organized

  2. All brains are not equal because context and ability influence learning

  3. The brain is changed by the experience

  4. The brain is highly plastic (mouldable)

  5. The brain connects new information to old

  6. Attention + Memory = Learning


    In the model of Educator = Facilitator of Learning, MBE provides an instruction manual of sorts for faculty to plan learning experiences for students designed to work with the ways humans instinctively take in information and create memories with it in a manner that leads to learning. Yee and Boyd (2018) give practical and general strategies and designs faculty can easily incorporate into learning activities that support learning in this way. Additionally, we have the opportunity to support our students by incorporating MBE or psychology-based learning and study strategies to our students. Finally, we can incorporate these strategies and recommendations into our own daily practices to become more efficient as lifelong learners.

> What Brain-Science Teaches us about TeachingThere are many opportunities for instructors to latch on to any number of the MBE principles, incorporating connections with past experiences and leveraging emotional psychology for closer connections with students and the content. However, engaging students in heavy content and assessments means the brain is working... hard, and that can create overwhelming stress for our students, and sometimes the instructor. The brain's response may be to engage more, or the stress may lead to disengagement. To learn more about the process of how stress impacts the brain (and therefore, learning), you can watch the video, Stress and your Brain from CQ University Rockhampton North in Australia.

Stress and your Brain Video

Instructors can help mitigate these stressors by planning thoughtfully using MBE principles, including:

  • Using anticipation guides and opening questions to prompt students' prior knowledge.
  • Chunking learning into 10-15 minute mini-lessons
  • Offering students choice in small and large-scale inquiry research.
  • Educating students on their own brain's plasticity and capabilities when new learning happens.
Health, Wellness & Teaching
> Podcast Summary & Resources
In this month's podcast, CTE Faculty Developer Julia Keider sits down with Michelle Reiter-Miller, Associate Professor and Department Chair for Social Sciences, who shares with listeners strategies that guide us toward identifying unhealthy relationships, and how to assert ourselves out of them.

As we recover from months of closed off (or too close) relationships, some have now realized they were surrounded by unhealthy habits and associations. We hope this podcast brings reflection into the importance of relationships and how to maintain the ones that make a positive difference in your life.
Listen to the Podcast: Breaking through Unhealthy Relationships
Professional Development 
> Fall Faculty Conference
The CTE Team is preparing for another amazing virtual faculty conference this fall on September 28-30, 2021 held via Zoom. The Call for Proposals closed on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Faculty Conference Logo

The conference has four tracks that thematically align with aspects of the Baker College Learning Model and the Baker College Mission.

Inspiring Inclusive Classrooms Sessions

Imagining the Future of Teaching and Learning Sessions

Empowering Students in the Face of Adversity

Growing Through Intention and Reflection

To learn more about the conference, proposal formats, and access to proposal submissions, click this link. 
Recordings Available on the CTE Research Guide

Visit the CTE PD Opportunities Calendar to view and register for
additional upcoming webinars.
CTE Team Support
The Center for Teaching Excellence Team is working remotely and providing 1-to-1 and small group support for faculty. In many cases, campus Faculty Developers are available by phone, Google Hangouts Chat, and virtual conferences. Click here to find a CTE contact. 
The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to create, identify, and provide support structures and processes to cultivate a professional learning environment where faculty take ownership and are positioned to direct their own professional learning relative to Baker's mission and institutional goals. We are a collaborative entity which partners institution-wide to design, develop, present, and facilitate professional development in order to support and coach faculty in their pursuit of quality teaching and learning.

Be brave. Be courageous. Be proud.  
Make your family proud. Make the world proud.

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