Using strategies such as discussion, songs, connections, and illustrations can improve comprehension and learning. Applying and reflecting afterwards can help guide future progress.
Best Practice: Neuroscience & the Classroom
Healy, M., & Los Angeles Times. (2019, July 10). Doctor’s orders: Let children just play. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
According to doctors, playing may be the best thing to increase your child’s creativity, critical thinking, and resilience. Children spend up to two hours on
Responding to children appropriately using serve and return techniques are important for strengthening neural connections that support communication and social development.
Strengthening childrens brain doesn’t have to require extra resources or expense. Brain building can occur through everyday activities. You can turn these regular everyday moments
Sparks, S. D. (2019, August 05). High School Naps May Boost Learning for Sleep-Deprived Teenagers. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
Naps in highschool students may be more beneficial to students than longer hours of continuous sleep at night. Teens can benefit as much from a
Rebora, A. (2019, May). Honoring the Teen Brain: A Conversation with Thomas Armstrong. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
Schools need to create environments that speak to—rather than resist or suppress—teenagers’ neurological development.
Iasevoli, B. (2019, June 22). Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
Some schools across the country are revamping the design of their classrooms to include flexible seating — to promote more collaboration and creativity among students.
Riddell, R. (2019, June 18). Lessons in Leadership: How an alternative school improved behavioral outcomes with a neuroscience approach. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
An alternative school in Pennsylvania has improved students’ behavior by adopting a neuroscience-based approach. In this interview, the school’s principal, Jessica Milton, and executive director,
Wenger, E. (2019, June 05). Kids expand literacy and other skills at free SEVA Brain Camp this week. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
Children who attend the weeklong SEVA Brain Camp in Greeley, Colo., work on language, literacy, motor and other skills. The annual program was designed by
Armstrong, T. (2017, April). Neurodiversity: The Future of Special Education? Retrieved May 6, 2019.
If we want to use the most effective approaches with kids—and draw on new research about the brain—special education needs to change its approach.