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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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The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Stirring Students to Ask Tougher Questions

According to middle school teacher, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, teaching Costa's Levels of Questioning can result in students creating their own assessments.

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Guest Blog: Report from the Learning and the Brain Conference

Guest blogger Kevin Washburn reports from the Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco.

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Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

Schools can bridge the long-standing gulf between child psychology and classroom practice.

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

Along with physical strength, a little exercise helps kids build brainpower.

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An Educator's Journey Toward Multiple Intelligences

One teacher discovers a powerful alternative to education narrowly focused on high-stakes testing.

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Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences
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Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences

Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with the Harvard University professor about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment.

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Multiple Intelligences Leave No Child Behind

Edutopia revisits Indianapolis's Key Learning Community to see how things have changed since our first look in 2001.

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The Science of Fear

The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!

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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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Accelerating Students Along Neural Superhighways

Coach and science content facilitator Tony Borash presents a vivid metaphor for how a brain works and offers suggestions for optimizing student learning.

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Smart Talking: Tell Students to Feed Their Brains

Stanford University professor Carol Dweck discusses her research on intelligence.

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Summer Fun with the Brain in Mind

Whether storytelling, dressing backwards, or celebrating a different family member each day, summer games activate the joy of learning, decision-making, questioning, and playing with ideas.

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Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

Schools can bridge the long-standing gulf between child psychology and classroom practice.

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To Improve Test Scores: Hit Reset

Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien explain how there are no bad test takers, but stress responses are real. Students can learn how to reset the visceral distraction of feelings that inhibit their test performance.

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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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