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Games can improve learning

Games can improve learning | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
COMPUTER games may play a big role in classrooms of the future.
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10 Simple Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - Higher Perspective

10 Simple Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - Higher Perspective | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
1. EXERCISE MORE – 7 MINUTES MIGHT BE ENOUGH You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. So if you thought exercise was something you didn’t have time for, maybe you can fit it in after all. Exercise has such a profound effect on our …
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Help Your Child Improve Working Memory Skills for Math - LearningWorks for Kids

Help Your Child Improve Working Memory Skills for Math - LearningWorks for Kids | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Here’s something to think about: Working memory skills are a better predictor of academic performance than IQ scores. Many kids who struggle to calculate math problems in their heads also [...]
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8 Amazing Productivity Tricks You Can Use Now

8 Amazing Productivity Tricks You Can Use Now | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
It will happen to anyone. You begin your work day knowing what you must accomplish by quitting time, yet at 5, you have not nearly achieved as much as you had planned.

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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
"Playing music is the brain's equivalent of a full-body workout."

"Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with

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This Place Just Made it Illegal to Give Kids Too Much Screen Time

Excess screen time is now considered to be the equivalent of smoking, drinking and using drugs.
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Good idea! Too much screen time is a problem to little ones!

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.
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Wallchart Sing your way to a healthy body | Other Features | Features | Sinfini Music – Cutting Through Classical

Wallchart Sing your way to a healthy body | Other Features | Features | Sinfini Music – Cutting Through Classical | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Illustrative guide to health benefits of singing.
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If ADHD brains are the most creative, why do we treat it like a disability?

If ADHD brains are the most creative, why do we treat it like a disability? | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
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Brain-Based Learning Techniques to Try in Your Classroom

Brain-Based Learning Techniques to Try in Your Classroom | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it

"Brain-based learning isn’t a new concept, but it’s enjoying renewed attention thanks to the teacher accountability movement begun by President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama. In a nutshell, teachers who use brain-based techniques don their “neuroscientist” hats and focus on creating experiences that cater to the inner workings of their students’ brains. The result: better learning experiences and better retention."


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Excellent article on Brain Based Learning. It includes many of the concepts emphasized by Whole Brain Teaching.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:58 PM

This post shares three techniques you may want to incorporate into your classroom. Each has a short description as well as a section on why it is effective and how to implement the technique.

* Incorporate frequent brain breaks

* Make time for social and emotional learning

* Teach smaller chunks

As new research is published on the brain the impact it may have on the classroom is significant. If we know that providing short brain breaks (and movement breaks) may allow students to come back refreshed and ready to learn then we need to consider how we can provide these opportunities.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:49 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...
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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Guest blogger Lori Desautels translates Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs into a blueprint for classroom practice that can set the stage with comfort, care and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.
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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.
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More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts....
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How Learning Artistic Skills Alters the Brain

How Learning Artistic Skills Alters the Brain | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
New research finds neural changes not only reflecting increased technical capacities, but also enhanced creativity.
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A Brain-Based Method for Being More Productive

A Brain-Based Method for Being More Productive | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Even if you think you're a great multitasker, you'll always be more efficient, more productive and do better work if you focus on one thing at a time.

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The 18 Skills Every 21st Century Learner Should Develop ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 18 Skills Every 21st Century Learner Should Develop ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
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4 Tips for Brain-Based Learning - K12 - Learning Liftoff - Free Parenting, Education, and Homeschooling Resources

4 Tips for Brain-Based Learning - K12 - Learning Liftoff - Free Parenting, Education, and Homeschooling Resources | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
As a parent, you work hard to provide nutrition and activity for your child to encourage a healthy body. Did you know you can also provide active learning strategies to encourage a healthy brain? Brain-based learning helps your child understand learning materials better as well as helps develop and grow his or her brain. What …
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Why singing in a choir is so good for you - South China Morning Post (subscription)

Why singing in a choir is so good for you - South China Morning Post (subscription) | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Performing offers many emotional, physical and social benefits, say local choristers

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Tapping into Your Students’ Individual Intelligences in the Classroom

Tapping into Your Students’ Individual Intelligences in the Classroom | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
Howard Gardner s theory of multiple intelligences changed the world of education. Before Gardner proposed that a student could have an affinity towards more than one intelligence, a student was usually put into one category that would define him for the rest of his life.

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poulingail's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:45 PM

Thanks Carrie Wible.

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Singing can improve physical and mental health in the elderly

Singing can improve physical and mental health in the elderly | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
The challenges of an aging population are never far from the headlines, whether it’s concerns over pensions, or the increase in dementia cases.

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The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class

The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
A follow-up to the popular post titled 'Why so many kids can't sit still in school today.'
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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.
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Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning | The Brain and Learning | Scoop.it
When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.
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