Brain PowerPoints and Resource Materials from Diana Hestwood

Diana Hestwood is a retired (but rewired) developmental mathematics specialist and instructor from Minneapolis Community & Technical College.  She has 40+ years of experience teaching and writing mathematics for grades 4-12 and two-year colleges.  Diana has also authored or co-authored five college textbooks under the Addison-Wesley imprint (Pearson Education), including Basic College Mathematics, Prealgebra, and Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra.

Since 1992, Diana has been researching information and testing classroom strategies related to how the brain learns and remembers.  When brain-friendly teaching techniques were implemented in the first two developmental math courses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and students were taught basic information about how their brains learn, pass rates increased from 50% to 75%.

Diana gives many local and national presentations to college mathematics faculty about the brains of their students and effective classroom teaching strategies.  This site includes some of her PowerPoints and handouts from those presentations.  Individual faculty are welcome to use these materials in their own classrooms, giving proper attribution.

Resources:  To view or download any of these materials, go to the bottom of this page and click on the link "Resource Materials to Share."

Use the PowerPoint How Your Brain Learns, Remembers to lead a classroom discussion with your students on how their brains learn and remember, and what this means for their mathematics coursework.  This is not meant as a stand-alone item for students; the instructor should be guiding the discussion.  Be aware that the brain information has been simplified to include only the most essential information.

Use the PowerPoint Emerging Adult Brain for faculty interested in learning about the tremendous changes occurring in young adult brains (ages 18-25) and how these changes impact classroom behavior and success.  (This is meant for faculty only, not students.)

See the Bibliography (a Word document) for further reading by faculty, or web sites to visit.

Contact Diana Hestwood:

(Diana travels frequently, so please be patient if you do not receive an immediate reply.)