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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.

  • 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.
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  • Middle school-aged girl doing homework

    How to Help Students Develop the Skills They Need to Complete Homework

    Middle and high school students can learn to work more efficiently by using strategies that improve their executive function skills.
    Kara Douma
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  • Neuroscientists Say Don't Write Off Handwriting

    Neuroscientists Say Don't Write Off Handwriting

    Brain scans reveal crucial reading circuitry flickering to life when young readers print letters and then read them. The effect largely disappears when letters are typed or traced.
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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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 mind with different emotions

    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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • The Science Behind Brain Breaks

    The Science Behind Brain Breaks

    Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills.
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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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    The Student Engagement Trap, and How to Avoid It

    Capturing students' interests can be harmful to learning when it's not relevant to the subject, research shows.
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