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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.

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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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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

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Inspiring Progress Toward Learning Goals

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A Surprising Way to Reduce Math Stress

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A Case for Finger Counting

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

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The Science Behind Adult Learning

Facilitating professional development for teachers means understanding and knowing the science behind adult learning.

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The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning

Writing enhances executive functioning in the brain, making it an important component of math and science curriculum.

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Understanding How the Brain Thinks

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis describes how students' brains develop critical thinking skills and offers some instructional tips.

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How to Plan Instruction Using the Video Game Model

Dr. Judy Willis shares some tips for structuring achievable challenge and demonstrating incremental progress to plan more effective instruction.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.

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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning

The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

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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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Engaging Parental Support for Smarter Thinking

Parents can help develop their children's executive function by modeling inquiry and reasoning, demonstrating real-world uses for what they learn in school, and creating an ideal study space.

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Uncommon Sense: Educators Reinventing the Profession from the Inside Out

Traditional teacher preparation programs need to be revamped.

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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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Neuromyths and Edu-Ca$h-In: Vetting the "Expert" Claims

Transcend educational marketing claims by determining whether the research is factual and relevant, who conducted it, and who has actually used and benefitted from the product.

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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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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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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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