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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Dive into Edutopia's curated list of resources, articles, videos, and links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.

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

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

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What has the Brain Got to Do With Brain Training?

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Executive Function, Arts Integration and Joyful Learning

Dr. Judy Willis, a regular Edutopia blogger, continues her series about the neuroscience of executive function, this time examining the effects of creativity and arts integration.

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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson presents the simple yet game-changing tool of if-then planning.

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DSM-5: A Controversy in the Mental Health Community

Blogger Mark Phillips examines the reasons for -- and dangers of -- upgrading ADHD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' forthcoming revision.

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Three Strategies for Using the Arts to Build Student Executive Functions

Blogger Judy Willis MD describes the positive uses of art as a tool to capture attention and educate young minds.

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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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Understanding How the Brain Thinks

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Three Brain-Based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis offers three practical strategies to build and nurture students' executive function -- critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making. (Updated 01/2014)

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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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Science Shows Making Lessons Relevant Really Matters

Personal relevance is as vital to the learning brain as it is to the person learning.

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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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Executive Function, Arts Integration and Joyful Learning

Dr. Judy Willis, a regular Edutopia blogger, continues her series about the neuroscience of executive function, this time examining the effects of creativity and arts integration.

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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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To Enable Learning, Put (Emotional) Safety First

Building a secure, supportive classroom environment is essential to allow young brains to learn.

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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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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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