Brain-Based Learning

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.”

References

Jensen, E. (2000). Brain-based learning. San Diego, CA: Brain Store.

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About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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