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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.

  • 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.
    1.9k
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    How Predictable Routines Can Support Students This Summer

    As a difficult school year comes to a close, many students will benefit from planning ahead for summer well-being.
    Lori Desautels
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  • Teen looks at the calendar app on her laptop at home

    How to Foster Self-Motivation in High School

    Students benefit from understanding what causes procrastination—and from specific tactics that help them manage their study time.
    954
  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    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.
    18.4k
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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.
    9.6k
  • 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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  • How to Create a Mistake-Friendly Classroom

    How to Create a Mistake-Friendly Classroom

    When educators make it clear that mistakes are an essential part of the learning process, students can move past fear of failure and flourish as learners.
    4.6k
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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.
    19.9k
  • 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.
    15.5k
  • 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.
    27.9k
  • 5 Activities to Get Kids Writing in Every Subject

    5 Activities to Get Kids Writing in Every Subject

    Research demonstrates that writing can boost learning in almost any content area, including math, science, and social studies.
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