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Brain Based Learning
Transcript of Brain Based Learning
What's The Catch??
Although scientists might find amazing ways to increase brain stimulation and learning, teachers might not be able to realistically use the techniques in class. (Treadmill, < 10 minute lectures)
False info on scientific theories could be given and teachers might practice something they think works but actually does not.
What Is Brain-based Learning? (BBL)
According to FEAweb.org, "Brain-Based Education is the purposeful engagement of strategies that apply to how our brain works in the context of education."
New (20 yrs)
Focus on how students can learn based on how their brains develop and what conditions allow for the best learning environment or strategies (neuroscientists find new information that can be benefiting/hurting the learning process).
A lot of scientific research related to brain-based learning is focused on the concept of neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is "the concept that neural connections in the brain change, remap, and reorganize themselves when people learn new concepts, have new experiences, or practice certain skills over time." (edglossary.org)
Telling students directly about neuroplasticity can have an effect on your classroom and students.
By telling students about neuroplasticity they will begin to think that they can get smarter by studying and practice.
How To Use BBL In Class
Allow for physical activity (dance, games, etc...) also lowers stress!
Trial and error with exercises listed on previous slide.
Have your students engage in multiple types of learning activities -- not just notes.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Why Is BBL Important?
It is important for a teacher to think about what it is he/she is doing and why.
Brain-based learning has been proven to be successful.
Glynda-Lee Hoffmann's intervention-
Students feel empowered
Neuroplasticity And BBL
Glynda Lee Hoffmann's,Assistant director of Hoffmann learning research institute in CA, intervention video. Studies showed that the "problems" with the students with the lowest performance and processing skills was broken or weak neural pathways.
Use concept of neuroplasticity to prove that the brain does change and can be rewired and improved through certain brain exercises.
Types Of Exercises
Turn and Talk
Timed Practice Test
Students often have a short attention span and school's constant stream of knowledge and stimulus can create for an environment where it is hard to implement brain based learning correctly .
Does Your Brain Even Lift?
Exercises that help students reach the higher levels of bloom's
Comments From An Educator
I conducted an interview with Mrs. Terri Camp, a current high school History teacher at Perrysburg High School concerning brain based learning. The following is her response to two of my questions.
Q: In what ways do you incorporate brain based learning activities or strategy's in your classroom and do you believe these activities have a positive effect on students motivation and comprehension of material?
"I have a variety of ways that I try to incorporate them. As you remember on Wednesday we are on an enrichment schedule that requires my classes that day to be an hour and a half long. I make sure that I give my students time during these sessions where they are able to get up and move around and take a bit of a break for about ten minutes (brain break). I just went out and bought about 150 cowtails to give to students on these days as well. I also make sure that activities planned on these days involve alot of physical activity to keep students engaged and motivated. "
Understanding the Brain and Learning
Q: Do you believe that introducing the idea of brain based learning and how the brain works can show students that through these activities they can increase the own knowledge?
A: Absolutely. In fact during the first few weeks of school I make it a point to show my students this video. I think it can really drive student motivation up once they see that anyone is capable of expanding their intelligence.
Understanding how the brain works is a fundamental necessity for understanding how to teach effectively.
Stimulating the brain through activities or physical exposure can help the brain process more information
Knowing how the brain works when it comes to learning, is different.
Stimulating the brain through activity does not build on learning and does not make your brain absorb and comprehend more information. It just "wakes up" your brain and allows for you to pay closer attention
Although it is important to understand how to stimulate your brain, it's also important to understand nothing can replace working with materials to allow for the brain to better understand and organize information more effectively.
Allows for you to achieve higher levels of Blooms
Understanding the Brain and Teaching
People learn more effectively through different methods of instruction
Simple note-taking is not an effective way to teach
Practice with a concept helps the brain effectively learn a concept
Just telling students a concept does not help them learn