Edutopia published a good introductory article about “Brain Science” called: Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning.
I have to admit that the term “brain-based learning” has always bothered me, and this article captured my unease well:
This might explain why some academics bemoan the term “brain-based learning,” including Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. “As if it were kidney-based learning last year, and now it’s brain based,” he grumbles.
The article also lists some of the misguided beliefs about neuroscience, including:
- The brain is static, unchanging, and set before you start school.
- Some people are left-brained and some are right-brained.
- We use only 10 percent of our brains.
- Male and female brains are radically different.
- The ages 0-3 are more important than any other age for learning.
But what I really liked were these three ideas:
- Learning experiences do help the brain grow.
- Emotional safety does influence learning.
- Making lessons relevant can help information stick.