George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

  • Brain-Based Learning

    Activities That Prime the Brain for Learning

    Brain breaks and focused attention practices help students feel relaxed and alert and ready to learn.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Building Metacognition Into Test Prep

    High-stakes tests often measure how well students cope with stress rather than how much they know, but they can prepare for the stress.
  • Teaching Strategies

    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 Science of Drawing and Memory

    Want students to remember something? Ask them to draw it.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    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.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Developing Executive Function With Priority Lists

    Explicitly modeling the process of prioritizing tasks builds students’ ability to organize and manage their time.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

    Years of research prompt a group of scientists to ask whether we should rethink the way we do school.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills

    Simple classroom strategies can assist students with deficits in executive function skills like time management and active listening.
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    What's Metacognition—and Why Does it Matter?

    A quick introduction to metacognition, plus seven questions to help your students become more independent learners.
  • The Research Is In

    Boosting Student Memory

    Forgetting starts as soon as learning happens, but you can make your teaching stickier with these five tips.
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    Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

    Our brains are wired to forget, but there are research-backed strategies you can use to make your teaching stick.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Why Highlighting Is Ineffective

    A common studying technique—highlighting text—can make students develop a false sense of mastery.
  • Classroom Management

    Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

    Brain breaks and focused-attention practices positively impact our emotional state, refocusing our neural circuitry to generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Teaching Self-Regulation in the Early Grades

    Activating young students’ natural bodily rhythms helps them regulate their nervous systems and prepare for learning.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Teach Kids When They’re Ready

    A new book for parents on developing their kids’ sense of autonomy has some useful insights for teachers as well.