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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.

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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Education, the Brain, and Common Core State Standards

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Why Aren't We Teaching a Second Language in Public Elementary Schools?

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Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

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How Metacognition Boosts Learning

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Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

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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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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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Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis on the importance of igniting and developing students' executive function -- a part of the brain that controls critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making.

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Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Hook students' attention by stimulating their hardwired need to know, and make it a satisfying experience so their brains recognize the value of energy spent learning.

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

By teaching students to monitor their thinking during learning by setting goals, applying strategies, reflecting, and adjusting, teachers will help them improve their learning ability.

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To Improve Test Scores: Hit Reset

Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien explain how there are no bad test takers, but stress responses are real. Students can learn how to reset the visceral distraction of feelings that inhibit their test performance.

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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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Creating Core Memories in the Classroom

In her second post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels suggests creating positive academic core memories by respecting your classroom's emotional climate and engaging students' curiosity and anticipation.

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