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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.

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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.

An illustration of a brain in a hammock between 2 palm trees.

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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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, MD says that understanding neurology can give us the tools to build optimism, incentive and motivation in the classroom.

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Bad for the Brain: Goodbye to Unsustainable Education Models

Blogger and neurologist Judy Willis MD demonstrates how the US educational model, designed for the industrial age, is becoming unsustainable as it attempts to meet the needs of the information age.

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How Do We Help Kids Make Better Choices? Let Them Practice

School administrator, blogger and author Matt Levinson stresses that mistakes are a necessary part of learning, and suggests that over-involved parents may be interfering with the process.

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How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist

Blogger Judy Willis provides a neurobiological perspective on why burnout happens, and, even more importantly, how to reverse the pattern.

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Matching Teaching with How Students Learn

Blogger Ben Johnson shares the key features of a learner -- and the implications for teaching.

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Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

Author Kevin Washburn looks at curiosity and how to inspire it in students through the questions we ask them.

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

Humans are social animals because our survival depends on it. Here are four strategies for teaching students how their brains work through acts of collaboration.

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The Adolescent Brain: Leaving Childhood Behind

In her final post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels suggests how educators can ease adolescent students' transition as their maturing brains redefine purpose and identity.

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A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom

Elaine Kennedy, Head of New Morning School, describes a K-8 curriculum that focuses on the students' joy of discovery.

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Rearrange the Desks: Reposition the Students' Seats to Help Retain their Attention

Move the chairs to open their minds.

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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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Bad for the Brain: Goodbye to Unsustainable Education Models

Blogger and neurologist Judy Willis MD demonstrates how the US educational model, designed for the industrial age, is becoming unsustainable as it attempts to meet the needs of the information age.

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Brain Imagery Probes the Idea of Diverse Intelligences

MRI scans show that human abilities come in many combinations.

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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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