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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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  • How to Get Students Thinking About Their Own Learning

    When students begin to plan, monitor, and evaluate their learning, they develop self-regulation and can set more ambitious goals.
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  • 7 Ways to Get Retrieval Practice Right

    Effective retrieval practice strategies help students identify what they know about a given concept and keep that information for the long-term, not just the short-term.
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    When it comes to optimizing learning, we don’t value breaks enough, neuroscientists suggest in a new study.
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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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  • Supporting Executive Function Skills by Asking Questions

    Teachers can boost middle school students’ self-management skills by using questions to get their mental gears turning.
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  • How Music Primes the Brain for Learning

    To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research.
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  • How Kids Can Overcome the Awkwardness of Asking for Help

    There are many reasons students don’t ask for help. Research shows there are strategies to help them overcome their reluctance.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Teaching Students to Assess Their Learning

    Teachers can help students evaluate their knowledge and learning processes by guiding them to assess their use of metacognitive skills.
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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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  • Addressing the Emotional Roots of Procrastination

    Research finds that procrastination often stems from emotional dysregulation—and teachers can help students overcome it.
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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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  • The Role of Working Memory in the Writing Process

    High school teachers can guide students to success in writing assignments by structuring tasks to account for working memory.
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  • A student studying on her bed with a laptop, textbooks, and notebooks

    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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    A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

    A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.
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