Brain-Based Learning in Math
A Positive Learning Environment = Success
It's About Balance
Creating the Learning Environment
- Use outdoor space (fresh air and sunlight will help refresh and engage).
- Variety of work areas (desks, carpet, beanbags ... find the nooks and crannies of your classroom).
- Personalized spaces (students need to know there is a 'home') they can call their own).
- Available resources (setting students up for success by having all materials ready reduces stress).
Our Brain and Math
Our brains are amazing. When allowed the brain has a strong desire to create patterns and find meaning to chaos. This is why understanding how the brain works gives us such insight into our math program. If we want young minds to remember and understand facts, skills and concepts then we need to link them so the brain can bring order to them. This happens through physical experience. When 'learning by doing' the brain is immersed in the process and can connect the ideas to real-life experiences.
Emotions are critical to learning.
Emotions drive our attention, health, learning, meaning and memory.
Patterns and programs drive our understanding
Intelligence is the ability to elicit and to construct useful patterns.
Stages of learning
The brain develops with various stages of readiness.