Books & MEDIA

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    Books

    Brain-Based Learning

    I have partnered with brain expert Dr. Eric Jensen to revise this best-selling book, Brain-Based Learning. In this massive revision we bring you the latest research on the brain as it relates to learning. We’ve made the science more understandable and offer thousands of practical strategies to improve student learning. 

    Teaching with
    the Brain in Mind

    Yes! Dr. Jensen and I are also partnering to produce an updated 3rd edition to the classic best-seller, Teaching With the Brain In Mind. This new edition draws upon research to make direction connections to your classroom to improve student engagement, learning, and achievement. 

    As long as they answer YES to these 7 questions

    ALL students can learn math; but they aren’t. To create mathematical environments where ALL students can learn math, focus on these seven questions that reveal what students need for math to truly be accessible to ALL students.

    Publications

    ASCD Leadership Journal, May 2020

    Teaching with the brain in mind means teaching to the whole child – a wholistic approach that includes cognitive, behavioral, and emotional strategies.

    ASCD Leadership Journal, January 2022

    To accelerate student motivation, it’s important to understand the driving forces that influence motivational urges. This 3-step process can pave the way for educators to activate the motivational systems in students’ brains with more consistency and ease.

    TV News Appearances

    A special report

    A special TV news report highlighting the transformational work Liesl McConchie has done to boost student learning through incorporating more physical activity. 

    Podcast Appearances

    On the podcast Make Math Moments Matter

    In this episode, Liesl McConchie outlines the 3-part cure to “Math is Boring!” Understanding the brain’s hard-wired motivators boosts student efficacy and learning. Listen in to hear specific strategies Liesl uses to boost student motivation. 

    On the podcast The 10-Minute Teacher

    Getting the brain “ready” to learn is an over-looked component of exceptional lesson design. The reality is most students don’t walk into your classroom “ready” to learn, and thus achieve poor learning outcomes. Tune it for a fast-paced overview of how to get students eager to learn math. 

    On the podcast Debate Math

    In this episode Liesl McConchie takes on the anti-memorization crowd and debates IN FAVOR of memorization. Having math facts stored in long-term memory makes deep mathematical thinking possible, and easier. There is also an equity issue at play, as it relates to cognitive load theory. Where do you stand on the topic?

    Another episode of Debate Math

    The previous episode was such a hit, Liesl was invited back to offer further insights into the topics of memorization, learning, and needed reforms in math education. We dive deep into the principles of effective pedagogy that lead to long-term retention. (Spoiler: it’s not rote memorization!)

    It’s time to ignite student learning!