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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.

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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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How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

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The Adolescent Brain: Leaving Childhood Behind

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

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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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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

Studies show that note-taking with pen or pencil is critical to processing and representing information, something that students lose when tapping on a keyboard.

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Bored? Good, You'll Be More Creative

Nobody likes boredom, yet research has shown that restless, wandering minds are capable of greater creativity than those bombarded by data and enmeshed in multitasking.

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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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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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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.

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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explores the power and purpose of the teenage brain, discovering surprises such as low dopamine levels, abundant of hyperrationality, and how adults can enable teen impulse by subtly redirecting it.

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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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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement

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

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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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Brain-Compatible Study Strategies

Guest blogger Lori Desautels details a set of brain-compatible study strategies for fifth graders, although these methods could be adapted for use at any age.

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Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

Introversion doesn't need to be "overcome." Instead, it's best to recognize introverted students and offer them alternatives in the classroom, says blogger Tony Baldasaro.

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Brain Labs: A Place to Enliven Learning

If your school had a student-friendly environment for teaching children about metacognition, children could develop their skills in self-reflection, paying attention, emotional regulation, and cognitive flexibility.

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A Comfortable Truth: Well-Planned Classrooms Make a Difference

Kids don't have to squirm to learn.

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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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