Brain Based Education

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Outlines 10 results of brain research and implications for the classroom. Based on 2008 piece by E. P. Jensen entitled: A Fresh Look at Brain Based Education. Retrieved 04 03, 2010, from Phi Delta Kappan: http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/k_v89/k0802jen.htm

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Brain Based Education

  1. 1. Brain Based Education : Implications for the classroom Lesson based on: Jensen, E. P. (2008). A Fresh Look at Brain Based Education. Retrieved 04 03, 2010, from Phi Delta Kappan: http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/k_v89/k0802jen.htm
  2. 2. Human brain can grow neurons <ul><li>Process regulated by everyday activities </li></ul><ul><li>Can be enhanced by exercise, low level of stress, good nutrition </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social conditions can influence brain <ul><li>Become more active in managing social environment </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t rely on random groups…strengthen prosocial conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Groups offer reward, acceptance, pleasure, coherence, stress free </li></ul>
  4. 4. Brain can rewire & remap due to plasticity <ul><li>Enhance through skill-building, reading, meditation, the arts, career and technical education, and thinking skills </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chronic stress is bad for the brain <ul><li>Repeated stress results in a state of “allostasis”, an adjusted new baseline for stress </li></ul><ul><li>Stress affects health, learning and behavior </li></ul>
  6. 6. Genes can respond to environment <ul><li>Everyday behaviors can influence gene expression </li></ul>
  7. 7. Good nutrition feeds the brain <ul><li>What we eat affects memory, attention, stress and even intelligence </li></ul>
  8. 8. Arts may have role in brain based learning <ul><li>Although jury is still out, arts may have developmentally sensitive period of the arts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Exercise is medicine for the brain <ul><li>Exercise strongly correlated with increased brain mass, better cognition, mood regulation, and new cell production. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strides in brain rehabilitation studies <ul><li>Aggressive behavioral therapies, new drugs, and stem cell implantation can be used to influence, regulate, and repair brain-based disorders. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Environments alter our brain <ul><li>Increasing neuroscience research to understand human responses to the built environment. </li></ul>

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