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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.

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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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

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Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

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Starbucks: A Model for the Future of Teaching

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

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An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational Equity

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Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

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Education, the Brain, and Common Core State Standards

Documentary filmmaker Ramona Persaud uses the perspective of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model to examines likely benefits and practical applications of the Common Core State Standards.

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Replacing Teachers with Emotion

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests that, in order to do their job effectively, teachers need to reach students on a deeply emotional level.

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An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational Equity

Neurologist, teacher and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis looks at the opportunities for educational equity presented by the possibilities of digital and online learning.

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Teenagers and Abstract Thinking: Unclear on the Concept?

Blogger and teacher Shawn Cornally illustrates how differing abstraction levels in teenagers can make all the difference in how well they grasp the concepts we're trying to teach.

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How Technology Can Improve Post-Secondary Outcomes for Students with Autism

Author Dana Reinecke, Ph.D., discusses how technology can improve post-secondary outcomes for students with autism, increasing their access to jobs and education.

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Young Kids and Technology at Home

Blogger and digital literacy advocate Douglas Rushkoff talks about why young children aren't ready for screen time and how parents can be effective gatekeepers.

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A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom

Elaine Kennedy, Head of New Morning School, describes a K-8 curriculum that focuses on the students' joy of discovery.

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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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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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Rearrange the Desks: Reposition the Students' Seats to Help Retain their Attention

Move the chairs to open their minds.

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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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Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis offers six suggestions for pushing students beyond their comfort zone, exercising their brains' executive functions, and developing healthy habits of independent thinking.

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Stirring Students to Ask Tougher Questions

According to middle school teacher, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, teaching Costa's Levels of Questioning can result in students creating their own assessments.

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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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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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