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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Brain-Based Learning

Explore the mysteries of the human brain! Find out how discoveries in neuroscience provide insights into how students learn -- and how to engage them in the classroom.

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, share the exciting possibilities for improving student learning by teaching young people about how their brains learn.

Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Dive into Edutopia's curated list of resources, articles, videos, and links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

Research shows that SEL increases prosocial classroom behavior, teaches cognitive control, changes students' home life, and prepares them for future success.

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Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Hook students' attention by stimulating their hardwired need to know, and make it a satisfying experience so their brains recognize the value of energy spent learning.

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

Studies show that note-taking with pen or pencil is critical to processing and representing information, something that students lose when tapping on a keyboard.

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Bored? Good, You'll Be More Creative

Nobody likes boredom, yet research has shown that restless, wandering minds are capable of greater creativity than those bombarded by data and enmeshed in multitasking.

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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Guest blogger Lori Desautels translates Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs into a blueprint for classroom practice that can set the stage with comfort, care and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.

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Three Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis offers three practical strategies to build and nurture students' executive function -- critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making. (Updated 01/2014)

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning affects the brain.

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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, explain how the brain processes auditory information and introduce the HEAR strategy as a way to help students develop their listening skills.

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Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain

Patrick Wilson, CEO of The Tutor Crowd, presents four basic points that all educators should understand before working with a dyslexic student.

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Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron launches this three-part series by advising middle school teachers to read up on brain research which will give insight on how the 'tween brain works.

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Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning

In this guide, you’ll get practical tips across the K-12 spectrum, as well as a reading list and a variety of resources to help you learn more about this fascinating field.

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