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ISBN-10 0137017278ISBN-13 9780137017270
ISBN-10 0205582397ISBN-13 9780205582396
Author(s): Marjorie Hall Haley
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 216

Brain-Compatible Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners is written for teachers looking for solid instructional practices that work well with mainstream as well as English language learners (ELLs.) 

Today’s teachers will encounter a diversity in the student population that brings both challenges and opportunities. This book prepares teachers to effectively teach brain-compatible, differentiated lessons to ELLs while developing students’ language ability. Teachers of culturally, linguistically, and cognitively diverse learners (CLDs) in K-12 school settings will find that this is a must-have book because it provides the resources for teachers to create brain-compatible, differentiated teaching strategies, and demonstrates sustained teaching. Dr. Hall-Haley’s ultimate goal is to help teachers make informed and skillful decisions that address the needs of English language learners.

Section I gives a theoretical overview of the twelve topics that contribute to successful brain-compatible teaching and learning and differentiating instruction for ELLs.  Starting with a definition of brain-compatible teaching and learning, Hall-Haley introduces theories of teaching and learning that substantiate the validity of this work as they relate to multiple intelligences and learning styles.  The book then examines differentiating instruction and how to use such strategies as anchor activities and structures and provides sample lessons of each.  Several examples are given to further illustrate aligning teaching with the standards.  Sections II and III include five 1-day lesson plans and two 5-day lesson units of activities that demonstrate sustained teaching.  These are divided into topic areas and grade levels. 

 The text can be used as part of a teacher training program (both graduate and undergraduate) as well as part of an on-site professional development program.