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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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Making Critical Thinking Explicit and Intentional

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

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The Tyranny of Being On Task

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Executive Skills and the Struggling Reader

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Making Critical Thinking Explicit and Intentional

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Brain-Based Learning Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of resources exploring takeways from neuroscience for educators on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest: blog posts, visuals, articles, videos, and more.

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Study: Curiosity Enhances Learning by Improving Memory

Ever wonder how curiosity enhances learning? A study published in Neuron found that curiosity not only increases motivation to learn, but also improves memory.

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Study: The Benefits of a Mental Break

Neuroscience research shows the many benefits of a mental break.

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Study: The Neuroscience Behind Exercise and Math Ability

Neuroscience research sheds light on how exercise can boost math ability.

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Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.

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Executive Skills and the Struggling Reader

Learn how executive skills—like working memory and cognitive flexibility—play an essential role in reading.

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The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.

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Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus

Learn about the science and classroom applicability of these quick learning activities.

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Simple Ways to Help Young Kids Develop Self-Control

Here’s how you can help kids—your students and your own children—build skills that are critical for regulating their emotions and behavior.

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Breaking a Vicious Cycle That Undermines Student Success

Anxiety and problems with attention and memory can often cause a downward spiral in students’ productivity. Here is a four-point plan to get them back on track.

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5 Ways to Help Students in Trauma

Teachers can create a calm classroom atmosphere that helps troubled students be more receptive to learning.

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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.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

Guest blogger David Cutler, a history, government and journalism teacher, asks us to face the music about whether or not listening our favorite tunes while studying actually helps our concentration.

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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Guest blogger Lori Desautels translates Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs into a blueprint for classroom practice that can set the stage with comfort, care and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.

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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.

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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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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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