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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.

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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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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Building Students' Cognitive Flexibility

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement
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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement

Tucson, Arizona, elementary schools find success by infusing arts into every discipline.

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Stilling the Mind: An Interview with Linda Lantieri

Teachers can create moments of calm in the midst of classroom bustle -- and help students learn better.

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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
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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
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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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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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Building Students' Cognitive Flexibility

As caretakers of adolescents' developing brainpower, teachers can help their students recognize inattentional blindness, embrace divergent thinking, and harness the potential of transferring their learning.

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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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The Science Behind Adult Learning

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

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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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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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Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

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

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Teachers, Like Students, Learn by Doing: Project Learning at Envision Schools

Project-based-learning professional development at Envision Schools.

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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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