Stage 2: Active Processing

Throwback Thursday: Brain-based learning

Today's post tries to make sense of all the buzz around brain-based learning. John Medina has "12 Brain Rules" Mariale Haridman suggests "6 Brain Targets" Eric Jensen advocates "5 Schoolwide Success Factors" WKCD (What Kids Can Do) created the "Gr8 8 Rules of the Teenage Brain" If you have time, read them all! Here's a… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Brain-based learning

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Three rules for planning brain-friendly, joyful lessons

After a bit of reflection on joy and efficiency yesterday, I poked around a bit to figure out what neuroscience could teach me about the science of joy and learning. I found a great 2007 article in ASCD's Educational Leadership called "The Neuroscience of Joyful Education," by Judy Willis. Willis reports:  Cognitive psychology studies provide… Continue reading Three rules for planning brain-friendly, joyful lessons

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Think about…how joy changes the brain

Yesterday we had a great guest post from teacher Laura McCarthy. Maybe it's because I'm 7 months pregnant but I actually teared up while reading her field trip story... Laura says: "Creating a joyful classroom instills a passion for learning and establishes a comfort with exploring the unknown. When children are happy, when they feel… Continue reading Think about…how joy changes the brain