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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.

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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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Cracking the Code of Student Emotional Pain

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Cultivating Practical Optimism: A Key to Getting the Best from Your Brain

Increase the likelihood of successful results in your students by cultivating an attitude about life that relies on taking realistic, positive action.

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Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

The perception and treatment of dyslexia is shifting from a symptom-based reaction to a neurological-based understanding of what is primarily an auditory disorder.

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The Science of Fear

The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!

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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.

73 2,984 86,260 views
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Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

Research shows that SEL increases prosocial classroom behavior, teaches cognitive control, changes students' home life, and prepares them for future success.

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Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Hook students' attention by stimulating their hardwired need to know, and make it a satisfying experience so their brains recognize the value of energy spent learning.

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron launches this three-part series by advising middle school teachers to read up on brain research which will give insight on how the 'tween brain works.

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The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom

Journalist Alina Tugend finds that mistakes should not only be tolerated, but encouraged.

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Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, share the exciting possibilities for improving student learning by teaching young people about how their brains learn.

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

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

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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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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