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Brain-Based Learning Resources

A collection of resources related to brain-based teaching and learning, listed by resource type

"In my opinion, you have to understand how the brain works in order to design effective instruction." -Pat Wolfe, Ed.D.

 

Weblinks

 
Brain Matters Links to information about the brain and brain health.
 
Caine Learning Center Outlines 12 brain/mind principles of learning identified by Renate and Geoffrey Caine.  Don't miss the principles wheel and free downloads.
 

Developing Brains Informational site for parents and educators of young children about "new brain science." Developed by Kathy Bobula, Ph.D. 

Funderstanding Provides a concise overview of BBL (Brain-Based Learning) principles within the context of a commercial-type site.

MOEC Principles of Brain-Based Learning Online version of booklet published by Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium, University of Nebraska.

Neuroscience for Kids A website about the nervous system for students and teachers maintained by Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.

Principles of Brain-Based Learning List of brain-based learning principles author Eric Jensen considers most important.

The Secret Life of the Brain An interactive website developed to complement the 5-part PBS video series, The Secret Life of the Brain (also available in print). 

 

Articles***

 

Blakeslee, Sandra. "Cells That Read Minds." The New York Times. 10 Jan. 2006. Print.

Chen, Milton. "Don't Weigh the Elephant--Feed the Elephant: Feedback is Key in Assessment." Edutopia, March 13, 2007.

"Every Child Can Learn." Technology and Learning, May 2003. Print.  (Search Find Information to locate article.)

"From Neuroscience Labs to the Common Teacher: A Conversation with Pat Wolfe." Scientific Learning.

Jensen, Eric. "A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education." Phi Deltal Kappan. Vol. 89, Number 6, Feb. 2008. Print.

"Multiple Intelligences: Gardner's Theory." Eric Digest Amy C. Brualdi 09-1996

Schilling, Becky. "Brain Food: Schools Alter Menus During Testing to Increase Students' Memory, Alertness: (Trendsetters/Tulsa Public Schools)." Food Service Director, June 15, 2008. Print.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. "How Can Research on the Brain Inform Education?" Classroom Compass, Vol. 3, Number 2, 2000.

Sylwester, Robert, Ed.D. " A Social Brain Deserves a Democratic Classroom- Part 1", Brain Connection, October 2003.

Sylwester, Robert, Ed.D. "A Social Brain Deserves a Democratic Classroom-Part 2", Brain Connection, November 2003.

***Search subscription databases in Find Information for more full-text articles (Free for Oregon residents and Gale subscribers.)

 

Books

 
Armstrong, Thomas. You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Minneapolis, MN:  Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 2003. Print.

Blakeslee, Sandra and Matthew. The Body Has A Mind of its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better. New York:  Random House, 2007. Print.

Bransford, John D., Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking, eds. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Expanded 6th ed. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 2002. Print.

Caine, Renate. et al. 12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles in Action: The Fieldbook for Making Connections, Teaching, and the Human Brain. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2005. Print.

Jensen, Eric. Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008. Print.

Kaufeldt, Martha. Begin With the Brain: Orchestrating the Learner-Centered Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press, 2010. Print.

Sousa, David. How the Brain Learns: A Classroom Teacher's Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2001. Print.

Sylwester, Robert. A Biological Brain in A Cultural Classroom: Using Collaborative Classroom Management to Enhance Cognitive Social Development. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press, 2003. Print.

Wolfe, Patricia. Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001. Print.

 

Audio/Video

 
"Building a Better School With Brain-Based Learning." Edutopia video features a Florida school using brain-based principles from How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Approx. 10 min.

"Live on You Tube! A Timely Convergence: Brain Science Meets Early Childhood Development." 1 hour 40 min video of keynote given by Kathy Bobula, Ph.D. about developing brains at Portland Community College.

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School Podcast of 1999 publication by the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

"Project-Based Learning: An Overview." Edutopia video featuring MIT scholar, Seymour Papert, and schools using project-based learning, 2001.

Library Design with the Brain in Mind Slideshow presentation created for professional development.

 

Local People/Resources for Staff Development

 

Kathy Bobula, Founder of Developing Brains, instructor of Early Childhood Education and Psychology in Vancouver, WA and child mental health at Portland State University.

Dan Stanton, Director and Co-Founder, Always On Network Bangladesh, Ltd. and instructor of undergraduate and graduate students at Portland State University. Provides staff development for teachers on project-based learning. Successful Schools: Project Based Learning and Multiple Intelligences