Cerebrate gives teachers the flexibility to teach what their students need by providing a simple method of identifying needs based on common classroom behaviors and then creating a curriculum to address those challenges. Some of the overarching challenges educators currently use Cerebrate to address include students who are:
Nancy teaches earth science at a public high school in Colorado. Her class has students from all grades, many who failed ninth grade science and weren’t able to advance. Nancy noticed that her students often underestimated how much time they needed to finish their work. She saw them rushing to catch up with missing assignments and trying to complete them without really doing the work. Nancy taught her students the Cerebrate lessons, Estimating Time and Time Estimation. She showed students how to compare the time they thought a task would take to the time it actually took.
The students shared this was not something they had considered before, and they never realized how the time given in class directly correlated to the time needed to finish. From the lessons, they realized they were underestimating time. Students shared strategies with their classmates about how they approached their assignments and how they could estimate the time needed first. Nancy noticed that after working together, the majority of her students began managing their time better, paying closer attention to how many tasks they had, and turning in considerably more finished work.
Taylor is a classroom teacher with 35 second-grade students in a public elementary school in Colorado. Her students love to learn, and many enjoy helping their classmates succeed. Taylor noticed that a large portion of her students are not prepared with the materials they need in class, which causes problems with following directions and participating in class. She taught the Cerebrate lessons, Ready for School? and Ready for Home?. Students practiced preparing their materials to go home, and Taylor helped students work with their parents to get prepared for school in the mornings.
Students enjoyed checking the materials off their lists before leaving school, and Taylor saw the students start to use their checklists independently. One student especially struggled with organization and was often having a hard time keeping up with the rest of the class. Putting this simple system in place helped him understand and reach the classroom expectations. Taylor shared that he made such a significant improvement that he earned the Student of the Month award to recognize his growth.
Cerebrate provides a solution to educators that is simple, custom, and effective.