Principles of Brain-Based Learning

September 18, 2022

Principles of Brain-Based Learning

The core principles of brain-based learning follow. Each principle lays out a formula for better retention and learning among students.

Health and Exercise

The more active and engaged students are physically, the better their learning outcomes. This requires more than a midday recess or a walk between classes. Allowing students to take walking breaks during lessons and throughout the day, for example, revitalizes students, increases their attention span, and better prepares them to retain information.

Positive Emotions

The happier students are, the more they are willing to learn and think effectively. Affirmations from the teacher are one way to raise student self-esteem.

Group Work

Working in teams with classmates allows students to learn from one another. This helps them retain information they may not have accepted or understood from the teacher.

Peer Teaching

When students teach materials to their peers, it helps them retain that same information. This can be done in small groups or through presentations.


Learning through repetition and trial and error is more effective than simple memorization. Students will gain a better understanding of the subject through practice, rather than just memorizing the details.

Limited Lectures

Only 5 to 10 percent of information is retained during a lecture, according to Classcraft. Making lessons largely discussion-based promotes student learning.

Meaningful Information

Students are more likely to remember information if they are engaged with the lesson. By applying the material to their lives, students will find it meaningful. For example, a lesson on economics could be related to smartphone ownership.

Written and Verbal Information

Having students both write and verbalize information will help move it from their short-term memory to their long-term memory.


Catching students’ attention through humor, movement, or games stimulates their brains’ emotional center. In turn, this increases students’ engagement and processing of information.Less StressStress chemically changes the brain. In a calm classroom environment, students have the opportunity to perform at higher levels.

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