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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.

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

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Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Understanding How Adolescents Think

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Closing the Achievement Gap: "All Children Can Learn"

The achievement gap is not a problem without a solution. We just need information on how to close the gap.

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Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

Tests don't just measure absorption of facts. They teach what we value.

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Edutopia readers weigh in on their favorites.

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Media Literacy Is Vital in the Age of the Image

A new language of visual literacy and expression has taken hold. Now it's time to add it to the classroom.

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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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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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The PBL Launch Pad, Part Two: Worthwhile Projects for High School Students

Project-based learning has the potential to become one of the most useful and defensible instructional strategies of this age.

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Media Literacy Is Vital in the Age of the Image

A new language of visual literacy and expression has taken hold. Now it's time to add it to the classroom.

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Students Who Know Their Own Minds: Choosing the Nontraditional Path

Students with learning differences learn to excel in an alternative school setting.

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When Students Have No Memory of September 11

As teachers, we will strive to help new generations -- who may only have intellectual knowledge of the 9/11 tragedy -- feel the emotions along with the facts.

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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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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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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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