Using Brain-based Learning

To Create a Better Learning Environment

What are some implications of brain research for teaching mathematics?


  1. All of our students are capable of learning mathematics.
  2. Problem-based learning provides challenging experiences for students.
  3. Problems need to be relevant, authentic, and appropriately challenging.
  4. It is essential to build a math community in which it is safe for students to share thinking, make mistakes, and learn from one another.
  5. Brain-based learning supports focusing on process expectations.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Establish norms of collaboration

  • Post talk prompts for discourse

  • Encourage students to pose and test theories

  • Provide a variety of work spaces for students

  • Ask questions to prompt thinking

  • Store math manipulatives in open bins, easily accessible and available for use