Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia
Edutopia on Facebook
Edutopia on Twitter
Edutopia on Google+
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

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.

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.

Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

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


Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Last comment 2 days 10 hours ago
16 3,154 21,926 views

Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

Last comment 1 week 1 day ago
3 945 4,859 views

The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom

Last comment 2 weeks 4 days ago
25 1,754 48,936 views

Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 06:00
16 3,154 21,926 views

Join This NOOC to Discover Your Super Memory

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 02:10

Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:00
3 945 4,859 views



Building Math Positivity

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis offers these brain-based tips for helping kids master math.

50 214 23,197 views

Do Standards Kill Creativity?

Content standards can support creativity in our classrooms.

7 22 2,542 views

Join Our National Lab Day Experiment

What makes learning stick? Take part in an easy and fun experiment!

34 39 673 views

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.

6 116 16,683 views

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.

3 17 627 views

Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

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

6 24 4,934 views

A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

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

29 384 45,600 views



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.

2 319 5,571 views

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.

3 126 5,094 views

Understanding How the Brain Thinks

1 21 5,094 views

Smart Talking: Tell Students to Feed Their Brains

Stanford University professor Carol Dweck discusses her research on intelligence.

36 8 5,094 views

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.

619 4,934 views

Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

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

6 24 4,934 views

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.

3 945 4,859 views


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.

1,736 146,332 views