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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.

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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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Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis on the importance of igniting and developing students' executive function -- a part of the brain that controls critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making.

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When Students Have No Memory of September 11

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The Science Behind Adult Learning

Facilitating professional development for teachers means understanding and knowing the science behind adult learning.

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The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning

Writing enhances executive functioning in the brain, making it an important component of math and science curriculum.

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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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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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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.

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Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis presents evidence that boredom can actually be bad for our students' brain development.

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Every Child Can Win the Memory Game

Guest blogger Dominic O'Brien, eight-time World Memory Champion, suggests that memory training is an essential building block in education and offers five strategies for teaching basic memory skills, including narratives, imagery and spatial mapping.

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Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View

In response to recent findings that students' academic results are impaired by stress and self-doubt, here are three ways to help them reframe how learning works.

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Student Responses to Common Core Instruction and Assessment

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis considers the brain-based reasons for why some students are reacting negatively to the Common Core and its emphasis on 21st century skills.

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

By teaching students to monitor their thinking during learning by setting goals, applying strategies, reflecting, and adjusting, teachers will help them improve their learning ability.

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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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Helping Students Understand What a Test Is and Is Not

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis explains how students' performance on tests can often be affected by their perceptions of and feelings about why they're being tested and what's being assessed.

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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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