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What Do Good Magicians and Great Teachers Have in Common? They Both Know How to Trick the Brain!

Have you ever wondered how magic tricks work? They work because our brains have a hardwired process for attention that is easily hacked into! A good magician knows this and takes full advantage of it, as do great teachers! Understanding how to successfully navigate the minds of our students allows us to take advantage of ongoing discoveries that today’s brain science offers, particularly in the area of early literacy instruction. Journey through the brain’s backdoor to hack our hardwired system for learning with instructional tools that target the affective learning domain, and take advantage of invaluable learning loopholes rooted in the brain’s plasticity. Increase early (and struggling) learner-momentum in both reading and writing far beyond simple decoding by accessing alternative, neural pathways to embed abstract (phonics) skills within already familiar, social and emotional learner frameworks. Harness the power of "what’s used together becoming fused together" in the brain, and take away multi-layered, instructional tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning!


This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Katie Garner

Katie Garner, M.Ed., is an internationally known educational speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty five years of combined classroom experience and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning. Her "backdoor-to-the-brain" approach to skill mastery via the affective “feeling” domain shifts the paradigms associated with early grade reading instruction, gaining national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First, and RTI Initiatives. As a featured and keynote speaker at education conferences across the United States and abroad— including an ongoing keynote series at the Vulnerable Readers Summits with North American literacy leaders, Dr. Richard Allington ("What Really Matters for Struggling Readers") and Dr. Anne Cunningham (National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report)— Katie shares "brain-changing" strategies for boosting existing, reading skill instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains learn best. Her practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy learning have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT as part of the Learning and the Brain Conference and Research Consortium and are the subject of an upcoming professional development book series.