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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.

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Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

Introduce students to the concept of executive functions, put it to work, referring frequently to these learning tools in positive, productive classroom interactions.

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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.

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Resources on Learning and the Brain

Browse a list of articles, videos, and other links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.

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Playground Neuroscience: Connect and Redirect

Teacher and PD specialist Barbora Bridle offers a quick lesson in playground neuroscience to help teachers guide their students through social-emotional issues.

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How to Have a Healthy, Brainy, and Fun Summer

Documentary filmmaker Ramona Persaud shares a list of family activities that promote summer learning without taking the fun out of vacation time.

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Education, the Brain, and Common Core State Standards

Documentary filmmaker Ramona Persaud uses the perspective of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model to examines likely benefits and practical applications of the Common Core State Standards.

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Replacing Teachers with Emotion

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests that, in order to do their job effectively, teachers need to reach students on a deeply emotional level.

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An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational Equity

Neurologist, teacher and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis looks at the opportunities for educational equity presented by the possibilities of digital and online learning.

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Teenagers and Abstract Thinking: Unclear on the Concept?

Blogger and teacher Shawn Cornally illustrates how differing abstraction levels in teenagers can make all the difference in how well they grasp the concepts we're trying to teach.

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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson presents the simple yet game-changing tool of if-then planning.

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Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

As tweens enter a period of rapid prefrontal cortex development, familiarize them with their growing executive function skills by teaching time management and organizing information.

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Understanding How the Brain Thinks

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis describes how students' brains develop critical thinking skills and offers some instructional tips.

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Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

We've collected nine varying opinions from learning experts about whether the idea of learning styles is valid and a useful addition to a teacher's toolkit.

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Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

Tests don't just measure absorption of facts. They teach what we value.

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How to Plan Instruction Using the Video Game Model

Dr. Judy Willis shares some tips for structuring achievable challenge and demonstrating incremental progress to plan more effective instruction.

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Cultivating Practical Optimism: A Key to Getting the Best from Your Brain

Increase the likelihood of successful results in your students by cultivating an attitude about life that relies on taking realistic, positive action.

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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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