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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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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • How to Use Interleaving to Foster Deeper Learning

    Used strategically, interleaving challenges students to learn in smart, adaptive ways instead of relying on too much rote learning and muscle memory.
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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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    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 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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  • 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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    The Mistake Imperative—Why We Must Get Over Our Fear of Student Error

    The fear of making mistakes is often paralyzing, but cognitive science suggests that errors are part of the fundamental machinery of learning.
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  • 4 Ways to Boost Elementary Students’ Working Memory

    Kids with strong working memory tend to perform well in school, and teachers can help them strengthen this executive functioning skill.
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    With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

    In North Carolina, a program offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning.
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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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  • Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Singing or humming can be a simple way to get the whole classroom recentered when things are out of hand.
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  • Preschool Activities That Support Brain Development

    Simple, everyday activities in preschool contribute to young kids’ brain growth at a critical period in their development.
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  • Bolstering Executive Function in Middle and High School Students

    Bolstering Executive Function in Middle and High School Students

    When adults support development of teens' executive function skills during the critical years of adolescence, it can have a lifelong impact.
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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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  • New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills

    What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies—often backed by brain imaging technology—are beginning to dial in on the answers.
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