What Is Brain-Based Learning?

September 18, 2022

Brain-Based Learning: Definition, History, and Principles

Brain-based learning uses neuroscience to create an informed curriculum and lesson design. The goal? Speedy and efficient learning. The research that informs this method centers around the brain’s ability to change, remap, and reorganize itself while someone is learning new information, according to Education Reform. This ability is influenced by things like exercise, diet, and stress level. A person’s emotional state also impacts their learning ability.

When information is presented in effective ways, the brain is able to function better, its resilience is increased, and its overall working intelligence is improved. Research has also shown that the brain physically changes while learning. Thus, the more new skills are practiced, the easier learning becomes.

Using this research as a springboard, teachers implement brain-based learning principles in the classroom. They specifically focus on reducing stress, effectively delivering material, increasing students’ movement, and building in opportunities to practice. While the principles remain the same no matter the age of a student, people do begin to learn differently as they mature. So, the delivery methods of these principles adapt accordingly.

Benefits of Brain-Based Learning

The benefits of brain-based learning follow the principles.

These include:

• Health. This approach promotes health and exercise, boosting the overall fitness and wellness of students.

• Better psyches. Positive affirmations and limited criticism helps students feel good about themselves and view themselves in a positive manner.

• Cooperation. The more group work students do, the more they learn how to cooperate and compromise.

• Improved memory. Overall, brain-based learning helps students build their memories and retention. The peer-teaching principle, in particular, leads to increased memorization and understanding of information.

Teachers experience another major benefit from this approach: more than one strategy works. This teaching and learning style isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Teachers can apply multiple strategies following the principles, making it likely they will experience results with their students.

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