According to Weiss (2000), brain-based learning can help students as follows:
- Attention: Student attention can be improved by teaching to a student’s brain cycle. A student’s brain cycle has highs and lows of around 90 minutes (Weiss, 2000, p. 29).
- Context: Students can retain information more effectively is provided context for that information
- Memory: Students can remember things better with repeated practice (not rote memorization)
- Emotion: All memories and decisions are attached to emotion. Learning should also have an emotional attachment in some way.
- Motivation: A quote from VCC’s Bob Aitken: “One of the things becoming clear is that our brains have been built for survival. That hasn’t changed in 30,000 years. If something helps us survive, we’re motivated to learn. Trainers have to find ways to convince learners that this is vital to their survival. If we get an emotional buy-in then learning takes place.”
Jensen, E. (2000). Brain-based learning. San Diego, CA: Brain Store.