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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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  • 6 Evidence-Based Instructional Practices Drawn From Cognitive Science

    These research-backed strategies have the capacity to help students learn and retain more information.
    Javier Arguello, Natalie Young
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  • Jump-Starting Academic Learning With Movement and Dance

    The benefits of movement in the classroom aren’t limited to younger students. Pairing new words and concepts with gestures or dance moves locks in understanding—and active brain breaks prime students to learn even more.
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    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
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    Teach Kids When They’re Ready

    A new book for parents on developing their kids’ sense of autonomy has some useful insights for teachers as well.
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  • Activating Learning by Milling to Music

    When students pretend they’re at a fancy party making small talk, a simple brainstorm for writing ideas becomes more lively, more cooperative—and more effective.
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  • 6 Ways to Capture Students’ Attention

    Teachers can use insights from neuroscience to help ensure that learners stay engaged during class and are more likely to retain information.
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  • Using Movement to Teach Vocabulary

    When students explore new words through movement, they understand them better, retain them longer, and feel more empowered to use them.
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  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
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  • 17 Brain Breaks Tailored for High Schoolers

    As high school students navigate more rigorous academic tasks and denser curricular material, the occasional 3-to-5-minute break delivers a wide range of benefits.
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    5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques

    Teachers can guide students to avoid ineffective studying habits in favor of ones that will increase their learning outcomes.
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  • 3 Common Myths About Learning—and What Teachers Can Do Instead

    With a solid understanding of how people process information, teachers can use evidence-based strategies to guide student learning.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks That Teens Will Love

    Students are still learning, even during brief breaks, which serve to help them decompress, refocus, and process new information.
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    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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    Decoding the Teenage Brain (in 3 Charts)

    New technologies are shedding light on what really makes adolescents tick—and providing clues on how we might reach them better.
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  • We Drastically Underestimate the Importance of Brain Breaks

    When it comes to optimizing learning, we don’t value breaks enough, neuroscientists suggest in a new study.
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