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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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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

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Starbucks: A Model for the Future of Teaching

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Building Math Positivity

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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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The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron defines important brain terminology while providing a classroom scenario where a middle schooler's brain is hard at work.

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Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective From All Views

Guest blogger Lori Desautels decides to walk the walk of her pre-service and graduate students at Marian University's School of Education as she returns to public school and co-teaches a brain-compatible curriculum to fifth graders.

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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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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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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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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.

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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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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, suggesting that effective assessment is built on students' strengths and interests, offers five forms of assessment that will help students retain content rather than forgetting material they no longer need.

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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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Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

Author Kevin Washburn looks at curiosity and how to inspire it in students through the questions we ask them.

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From Curriculum to Communication, a School Immerses Itself in Tech

At Mary Scroggs Elementary School, every day is a technology day.

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Building a Better School With Brain-Based Learning
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Building a Better School with Brain-Based Learning

Technology use, strategies based on brain research, and unique classroom environments for different learning styles give students an edge at Key Largo School in Florida.

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, suggest that exercise has physiological and developmental benefits for children's brains and offer ideas for putting a new spin on active learning.

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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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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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