Cheryl Brand | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link


Cheryl Brand

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Cheryl Brand has a Masters of Education in Special Needs/Inclusive Learning and completed the Graduate Teacher Program at Oxford. She has over 30 years experience of teaching and differentiating to meet the needs of a vast range of learners of all ages & ethnicities while circumnavigating the globe. As a digital immigrant, she is living proof that one is never too old to learn. Her journey as a lifelong learner includes applying experience to synthesize current teaching practices with 21st-century beliefs to expand the learning experiences of all her digital native and digital immigrant students. She is grateful for the opportunities to meet the challenges of diverse classrooms and to customize lessons that incorporate the four tools for differentiation: Instructional Strategies, Assessment Strategies, Group Strategies, and Classroom Management Strategies. She understands the critical need to differentiate instruction for learners in relation to their cultural needs, learning styles, intelligence theories, and cognition. Her philosophy that everyone can learn is based on her knowledge of brain-based learning.

This course is designed to help educators build a classroom structure where differentiated instruction can occur on a daily basis for varying abilities. Through the use of videos, readings, personal reflection, and online forum questions, participants will experience differentiated instruction as well as learn methods to implement strategies in their own classroom. Participants will learn to shape and maintain learning conditions that facilitate differentiated instruction, including how to identify learning styles, create tiered activities, differentiation strategies, effective classroom management, and design the physical space for classroom differentiation scenarios. Participants will leave the course with resources and strategies to reach students of varying abilities, grades, and learning styles and help them take ownership of their education.
This course is designed to enhance a participant’s knowledge of brain research. The following themes will be explored throughout the course: brain development, information processing, memory and retention, transferring learning, and critical thinking. Participants in this course will explore ways to design brain-friendly and effective lesson plans using the latest scientific findings and discoveries. This course prepares teachers by providing them with the essential elements needed to translate the biology of brain-based learning from theory into classroom practice.