Although Information Technology has transformed learning, references abound that the state of education today is still grounded in what remains from the industrial revolution. Let’s face it; many schools are still functioning much the way we were a century ago. These nine things educators need to know about the brain are the framework from the book, The Social Neuroscience of Education: Optimizing Attachment and Learning in the Classroom by Louis Cozolino.
Here are nine principles all based on extensive brain research and the idea that teacher/student relationships make the biggest difference in any child's education. Cozzolino feels that in order to teach effectively, we need to teach the whole child and place our emphasis on the social and emotional components of the students we teach.
Tips for Applying Brain Science to the Classroom:
- The brain is a social organ.
- We have two brains.
- Early learning is powerful.
- Conscious awareness and unconscious processing occur at different speeds, often simultaneously.
- The mind, brain, and body are interwoven.
- The brain has a short attention span and needs repetition and multiple-channel processing for deeper learning to occur.
- Fear and stress impair learning.
- We analyze others but not ourselves: the primacy of projection.
- Learning is enhanced by emphasizing the big picture—and then allowing students to discover the details for themselves.
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