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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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  • If You’re Not Failing, You’re Not Learning

    The learning scientist Manu Kapur, architect of the theory of productive failure, on reframing our notion of failure, and letting kids stumble (but with purpose).
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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.
  • How to Reduce the Cognitive Load on Students During Lessons

    A look at ways teachers can refine their practices to help ensure that students absorb and process information so they can retrieve it later.
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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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    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 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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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • 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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  • 4 Steps to Build Schoolwide Capacity in the Science of Learning

    The science of learning encompasses findings in several fields, and these steps help demystify it and encourage gradual adoption—one strategy at a time.
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  • What Do Teachers Need to Know About Memory?

    A knowledge of how we store and use information is invaluable for teachers in helping students to internalize lessons in long-term memory.
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  • Music Training Can Be a Literacy Superpower

    When kids study music—intensively and over long periods of time—they become better readers. Here’s what’s at play.
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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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  • 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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  • 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 Role of Cognition in the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

    Teachers can support students’ success by providing ample time for them to process and gain independence in completing complex tasks.
    421

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