Saturday, September 17, 2011

Brain-Based Learning, What is it All About?

I'm nuts about the brain.  I find it completely fascinating, and I'm excited about the research and its implications in education. 

I think one of the things that I love most about the recent research is that most of it implies that the stuff I've been doing for the last 34 years as a teacher has been exactly what the brain requires for learning. One thing that saddens me is that the extensive testing that our children have been dealing with lately is exactly the opposite of what the research implies is best for children and learning.  (We actually knew that, didn't we?)

This morning I was reading an article that Eric Jensen wrote a couple of years ago: A Fresh Look at Brain Based Education .  It contains a great deal of information... the kind of article I'll need to read a few times before I really comprehend all of it.

There were a few key points I want to share:

1.  Exercise is essential for the brain and learning.

2.  Social conditions affect the brain in both positive and negative ways.        

3.  Proper nutrition affects cognition, memory, attention, stress, and even intelligence. 

4.  Stress has a negative impact on the brain and learning.

Funny, these are the same key points I've read over and over in my readings on brain research and learning.  And trust me, I've read tons of books and articles on brain research and learning!

What have you read about brain based learning?

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