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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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  • Using Cognitive Science to Boost Learning

    Especially now, after a difficult year, strategies rooted in the science of learning can help middle and high school students more effectively retain what they’re learning.
    M-J Mercanti-Anthony
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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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  • How Multisensory Activities Enhance Reading Skills

    Reading lessons can involve more than just our eyes and ears. Here’s how you can promote reading skills using all five senses.
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  • How to Optimize Working Memory in the Classroom

    Optimizing Working Memory in the Classroom

    Research shows that distractions, confusing material, or an overwhelming amount of information can tax a student’s working memory. Here’s how to better support this essential executive function.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • 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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    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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    How to Engage Students’ Memory Processes to Improve Learning

    Strategies like connecting new information to students’ prior knowledge guide them to store what they’re learning in long-term memory.
    745
  • Applying Insights From Neuroscience in the Classroom

    Strategies based on neuroscience that can guide teachers in making decisions when planning lessons
    723
  • A Tool to Help Students Make Good Decisions

    Some students need help when it comes to weighing pros and cons, and this simple decision-making matrix will help them sort things out.
    603
  • 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.
    513
  • 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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  • An Illustration of the Teenage Brain

    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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  • An illustration of a student working through a math problem, from mistake to solution

    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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