Sousa, D. A. & Toth, M. D. (2020, May 28). Neuroscience Supports Successful Student Academic Teams. ASCD: Unlocking the Secrets to the Learning Brain, 15(18). Retrieved October 9, 2020.

When we visit classrooms across the country, we typically see the same pattern of teacher-centered instruction comprised predominately of lecture and independent practice activities with the students’ role in learning as passively compliant (see Figure 1). The students either sit in rows or may sit in “furniture groups,” but there is usually no structure or expectation for learning together. Is this the most brain-friendly way for students to learn?

Best Practices