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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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  • Teaching Students to Use Evidence-Based Studying Strategies

    Applying studying methods that strengthen the brain’s ability to retrieve information can help students learn more effectively.
    Ian Kelleher
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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 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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  • Tips for Using Hand Gestures to Support Learning

    Understanding how gesturing aids communication gives teachers another tool to ensure that learning really sticks in students’ minds.
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  • Getting Fast Thinkers to Slow Down

    Talking students through how the brain works—its shortcuts and tendency to draw incorrect conclusions based on limited information—can help them study and learn better.
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  • Profile of little girl writing at home.

    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.
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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