Impassioned educator Christina Issac has never shied away from a challenge—like focusing her talents on tumultuous ’tweens in middle school.
Issac’s experience as a middle school teacher
includes teaching sixth-graders at Washington Middle School in Cairo,
Georgia. In an interview with the BrainSMART publication, Effective Teaching, Successful Students,
she explained that BrainSMART retention strategies transformed her
classroom, including inclusion students in special education.
students were allowed to look up during tests, to activate the visual
part of the brain that is connected to memory. Practical Optimism and
the EFFORT strategy helped get her adolescent students in a receptive
mindset for learning.
middle school grade level is not easy. With students’ hormones in full
fluctuation, Ms. Issac observed that it is easy for this age group to
become moody and pessimistic. But aided by visuals of an ant carrying a
watermelon, Ms. Issac has been able to keep the kids focused on their
brains’ tremendous potential for learning and achievement.
Issac, who earned a M.S. degree with a major in Brain-Based Teaching,
encouraged other educators to look into the graduate degree program,
saying it helps teachers earn the respect and pay increases they
deserve. She also described the program as helping to equip them to
reach more children with diverse needs. “This is a new way to look at
teaching and a new way to reach children,” she concluded.