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Nate Carnes

Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Whole Brain Teaching

Nate Carnes, Associate Professor, Department of Instruction and Teacher Education
February 2, 2011


Do you teach students lacking self-discipline, prerequisite knowledge, and fundamental problem solving skills? Do you wonder how to engage them as active learners? The Whole Brain Teaching approach contends that these students “respond to challenges, enjoy well-designed learning games, and can make, in the proper setting, astonishing educational progress (Biffle, 1999).”  The Whole Brain Teaching approach can help you as the instructor to maximize students’ attention spans and engage them as active learners. This pedagogical practice is significant because it draws from an established epistemology that places learners at the center of the education process. Dr. Carnes will share his experiences with this approach such that participants will become better able to translate Whole Brain Teaching across disciplines. 

Follow-up Activities:
Participants interested in investigating Whole Brain Teaching will also be invited to attend a series of follow-up meetings to discuss strategies, findings, explore possible funding, and to identify avenues for dissemination.

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About the Presenter

Nate Carnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education and the College of Education. He has received recognition for excellence for teaching through various awards that include the Association for Science Teacher Education Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year; Category 1, USC Alpha Chapter of Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, and the USC Black Faculty and Staff Association Award. He has implemented Power Teaching and Whole Brain Teaching strategies in his science education courses over the past two years. A few of his graduates now implement these strategies in their classrooms. Additionally, he has ongoing interactions with the co-founder of Whole Brain Teaching, Dr. Chris Biffle.

This seminar was sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information, please e-mail or call 803-777-8322.

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