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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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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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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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Cracking the Code of Student Emotional Pain

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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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Help Students De-Stress for Success

Health teacher and Edutopia blogger Christopher Pepper highlights ways educators can help students reduce stress.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Color Theory

Whether you're looking through the lens of science, art, or philosophy, lessons around color can be engaging and fun. VideoAmy has gathered a playlist of videos about color to get your creative juices flowing.

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Accelerating Students Along Neural Superhighways

Coach and science content facilitator Tony Borash presents a vivid metaphor for how a brain works and offers suggestions for optimizing student learning.

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Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain

Patrick Wilson, CEO of The Tutor Crowd, presents four basic points that all educators should understand before working with a dyslexic student.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Raise Your Students' Emotional-Intelligence Quotient

Implement these strategies at your school to promote social and emotional learning.

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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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