Utilising the brain


Researchers theorise that the human brain is constantly searching for meaning and seeking patterns and connections.

Authentic learning situations increase the brain’s ability to make connections and retain new information. Teaching strategies that enhance brain-based learning include manipulatives, active learning, field trips, guest speakers, and real-life projects that allow students to use many learning styles and multiple intelligences.

An interdisciplinary curriculum or integrated learning also reinforces brain-based learning, because the brain can better make connections when material is presented in an integrated way, rather than as isolated bits of information. A relaxed, nonthreatening environment that removes students’ fear of failure is considered best for brain-based learning. — JL McBrien & RS Brandt