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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.

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

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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

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The Teen Brain and Risky Behavior

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

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4’33” (Four Minutes and Thirty-Three Seconds): What Our Brains Need

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A New Model of Schooling: Creating Knowledgeable, Responsible, Nonviolent, Drug-Free, Caring Kids

Social, emotional, and character development are just what this world needs.

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Creative Play and Scientific Inquiry, Part 2: A Mandate to Make Learning Meaningful

School should be a place where children learn things that are interesting and intrinsic.

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The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning affects the brain.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Expert Roger Weissberg on Academics and Character Education

EQ Meets IQ: An Interview with Roger Weissberg

The president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) discusses the effects of social and emotional learning on academic achievement.

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Emotional Engagement in Education, Part One: Should Teachers Care About Student Apathy?

Projects that involve students in the real world, such as working to fight a deadly disease, do more than just teach facts.

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The Choreography of Calculus: Using the Arts to Comprehend Content

How have you and your students used artistic expression to better understand academic subjects?

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Child's Play: Japan's Groundbreaking Child-Development Web Site

When the conformist Land of the Rising Sun forges ahead in education innovation, we'd better pay attention.

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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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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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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Understanding Happiness

Filmmaker Randy Taran kicks off this seven part series on building happiness as she suggests definitions for happiness and ways for every individual to explore it.

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Survive and Thrive During Testing Season

Guest blogger Lori Desautels considers the brain research on why test prep can be so stressful, and offers six brain-compatible strategies to help students feel better about themselves and more connected to the material.

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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 Technology Can Improve Post-Secondary Outcomes for Students with Autism

Author Dana Reinecke, Ph.D., discusses how technology can improve post-secondary outcomes for students with autism, increasing their access to jobs and education.

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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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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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