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The Power of the Female Brain


EDUC 600

Course Syllabus and Assignments


Course Instructor  Joseph C’de Baca, MaEd. 727-258-7233, teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com

Credit Hours: 3 Semester Credits                                            Grade Type: Letter Grade

Course Readings : Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.. by Dr. Daniel Amen. 2013. New York, NY: Harmony Books. 367 pages. Web resources at: www.amenclinics.com

 

Course Description:   

This course will provide educators with the latest research on the Female Brain and the tools required to supercharge the Brain. Educators will be able to assist girls in the understanding of their brains potential and how it relates to personal behavior and achievement. The course examines the processes, uses and applications of female brain power in student health, regulation and maintenance. Educators will utilize these concepts in their teaching to improve student learning and motivation. Dietary, hormone issues and lifestyle behaviors are presented. Holistic health and feminine moods issues for human relations are explained. Teachers will develop lessons and activities as well as an essay explaining how the information can be implemented in classrooms and schools. 


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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.


Course Objectives:

1. Students will learn about the latest research regarding the female brain and how to harness and optimize its unique strengths for personal and professional applications.

2. Teachers will learn about the latest research on the nutritional needs of the brain and how to balance and address hormones issues for maximum health benefits.

3.   Educators will learn about controlling and soothing the brain's behaviors that can be applied in schools to improve teaching relationships and for motivating students.

4.   Teachers will study the latest research on the frequency and effects of ADHD on the Female brain in order to address ADHD issues among girls in the school environment.

5.   Teachers will develop an activity as well as examine their own health as it relates to working in today's schools and maximize their female brain power to change the world.

 

Chapter Review/Reflections : Write several paragraphs summarizing the main points or ideas and reflect on what you thought was significant from each chapter in the book.

 

Chapters:

Introduction: How Aspergers Saved my Life

1. Fall in Love with your Female Brain                                      

2. Harness the Unique Strengths

3. Method for Optimizing the Female Brain 

4. Balance Your Hormones  

5. Feed the Female Brain                

6. Soothe the Female Brain

7. Get Control of the Female Brain

8. ADD and the Female Brain  

9. Be Beautiful Inside and Out   

10. Sex and the Female Brain   

11. Get Your Brain Ready for Babies  

12. Change Your Brain, Change the World  


Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, visit and research Dr. Amen's website www.amenclincs.com and write a website review regarding what your found useful about the site. Then develop a lesson/unit plan or project/activity that can be implemented in school. Finally pull the course information together in the Final Application essay linking key concepts from the book: Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging for Better Health, Energy, Mood and Focus. by Dr. Daniel Amen to your school or classroom context. Compose your writings on areas of interest that are relevant to your teaching discipline or professional experience. This will enhance your capacity to apply the new concepts learned in this course. Focus your writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how you can apply them to your school environment, teaching methodology and instructional practice.

                

Assignment: 1. Book reading, Chapter reviews/reflections 2. Project or Activity 3. Dr. Amen's Website interactive analysis review 4. Final application essay

Writing Format :Use size 12 font size and 1.5 line spacing, Bolded headers and titles. Feel free to use your own styling format or an APA /MA writing style format.

  

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs. Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Grading % Grade Distribution
Book Chapter Review/Reflections 50%

90-100 =A

Interactive Website Review 20%

80-89 =B

Lesson/Unit Plans, Project or Activity 20%

70-79 =C

Application Essay 10%

0-69 =D/F

Letter Grade % Possible Points

Points Earned

A

90-100

100

B

80-99

70

C

70-79

50

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The Power of the Female Brain  

Course Assignments and Rubrics:  

Chapter Reviews/Reflections  

Chapter Reviews/ Reflections

Basic (30 pts.)

Proficient (40 pts.)

Advanced (50 pts.)

Read the book and write chapter reviews and reflections for each chapter.

Write 3 to 6 paragraphs summarizing the ideas, knowledge, and information that you thought was significant from each chapter.

Consider reflecting on a paragraph or a concept that was enlightening and applicable to teaching.

Address or apply any state, district, or national academic standards.

Expanded bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. Include your personal experiences, ideas, and critical analysis.

Writes a basic narrative of the chapters’ contents.

Includes major points expressed by the author.

Includes at least one citation or example.

Writes a general narrative of the chapters' contents with limited personal reflection.

Expresses major points of each chapter.

Writing includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Includes several citations or examples.

Writes a complete narrative of the main points of each chapter.

Writes personal reflections that include the student's experiences with these issues as they relate to their personal classroom experience.

Expresses major points of each chapter and provides in-depth elaboration.

Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Includes critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.

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Academic Standards: Academic standards that may apply to this course will vary from state to state. Visit your district or state educational websites for academic standards that may apply to specific courses or subject areas and apply them if needed.


Website Interactive Review Rubric Assignment:  

Article Review

Basic (10 pts)

Proficient (15 pts)

Advanced (20 pts)

Research course topic and locate a relevant article that relates to the course content.

Write an article   review and personal reflection connecting article with the course content and school environment.

*Include a copy of the article utilized in this assignment.

Writes review of article with basic citation information and briefly shows connection between course and article content.

Writes review of article with a few references of information.

Some critical analysis and solutions.

Explores the connection between course and article content, showing full understanding of both interrelationship for teaching considerations.

Writes review of article with several informative references and thoroughly demonstrates the connection between article and course content.

Reflection incorporates abstract and critical analysis and alternatives or solutions. 

Personal experiences and perspectives are included. * Website review applies course information and learning to potential classroom applications and situations.


Required Activity/Project or Lesson/Unit Plan Rubric  

Activity Lesson/Unit Plans

Basic (10 pts.)

Proficient (15 pts.)

Advanced (20 pts.)

Write a unit or lesson plan, project or activities that demonstrate the course concepts in a school classroom or instructional environment. (3 to 6 pages) Other activities include: staff development, state academic standards, parent outreach, department or committee work, curriculum development, presentations, and school events.

Creates a minimal activity and lesson plan that briefly demonstrates a simple application of a course concept or strategy that can be utilized in classrooms for instructional and/or evaluative applications.

Creates a general activity and lesson plan or unit plan that demonstrates two or more course applications of the various topics or concepts.

Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Contains a variety of teaching or learning styles and concrete or abstract practical applications of a concept from the course materials.

Creates a detailed activity and lesson plan or unit plan that includes a variety of teaching and learning styles.

Contains concrete and abstract activities for practical classroom applications of several concepts from the course content.

Addresses any state, district, or national academic standards in the activity.

Creates a lesson plan or activity that helps students utilize course content to apply the knowledge or skills to school curriculum for their affective needs and improving academic achievement.


Final-Application Essay Rubric Assignment  

Final-Application Essay

Basic (5 pts.)

Proficient (8 pts.)

Advanced (10 pts.)

Write an essay (3 to 6 pages ) combining all the course content or assignments and show how they can be applied to teaching students, schools settings and staff and personal development.

Writes an essay addressing how the course content can be applied to classroom instruction, student achievement, and the overall school environment.

Writes an essay with one or two examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in the classroom and school environments.

Writing addresses any state, district, or national academic standards.

 Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as students' affective needs and academic achievement.

Writes a thorough essay with multiple examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in classroom and schools.

Includes student's personal and experiential reflections and any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Writing has critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.

Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as the affective needs of students along with academic achievement.

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