Archive for the ‘brain based learning’ Category

Read more in Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It at


Interesting reading:

Follow some basic steps that are research-based and provide a more successful teaching environment.  Read

Incorporating Principles in Cognitive Psychology to Improve Student Learning


I am so relieved about reading about this research.  Find details in Scientists Say That Being Forgetful Is Actually A Sign You Are Unusually Intelligentat


If, like the rest of us, you wonder why you sometimes forget seemingly easy things, the answer is that there is probably nothing wrong at all.

In fact, a study done by the Neuron Journal suggests that forgetting is actually a natural brain process that might actually even make you smarter at the end of the day.

A much-needed discussion of the following myths and more:

1. We have learning styles that are dominated by particular senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, touch)

2. A common sign of dyslexia is seeing letters backwards

3. We learn better when we receive information in our preferred learning style

4. We’re either right-brained or left-brained

5. Kids are less attentive after eating sugary snacks

6. Listening to classical music enhances cognitive function

7. We only use ten percent of the brain



Interesting reading teasing apart the intrinsic aspects involved in learning:  How Do You Learn Learning? at

Reblogged excerpt:

Heick (2013) points out these characteristics which are so intrinsic to one’s learning today:
1. Dialogic Response: Learning is a conversation–whether personal, local, and direct, or more general, global, and digitally-based
2. Community Interaction: Communities–including local physical communities, and digital, niche communities–nurture relationships and frame content
3. Abstraction & Creativity: Creativity isn’t just art and whimsy, but the overlap between the macro thinking and micro details to solve the challenges of daily living
4. Media Literacy: Digital media evolves constantly. This makes not simply “keeping up,” but grasping the nuance of platform critical
5. Play: This is the opposite of compliant response to teacher-centered environments. In play, learners freely experiment, show ambition, follow curiosity, and take risks to create, design, evolve, and connect in ways that are otherwise impossible under compulsion
6. Self-Directed Learning: Play is a big part of self-directed learning, but more broadly can include academic response, project-based learning, game-based learning, and other “school-like” learning forms while students hold themselves and one another accountable to their own criteria of quality
As one can see, these characteristics have always been part of learning, except that with today’s option of digital learning, Media Literacies play a major part of the learning process. By Media Literacies, I would like to add that here, I include also the skills of networking, for working across borders in realtime is common practice in many fields. Media Literacies, Digital Literacies, Digital Citizenship  – all inter-connected and essential to learning today.
Which leads me to wonder  how one’s learning may meet what students’ want today?