Brain-Based Learning

Creating a Better Math Environment for Your Students!

What is brain-based Learning?

Brain-based learning is a theory 'based on the structure and function of the brain. As long as the brain is not prohibited from fulfilling its normal processes, learning will occur.' - Funderstanding Website

What does that mean to me as an educator of Math?

There are many things you as an educator can do to encourage and embrace brain-based learning in your classroom. There may be many things you are already doing without even knowing it!


  • Design learning around your students interests
  • Create/find real problems for your students
  • Encourage your students to learn outside of the classroom and the school
  • Create assessments based on the learning styles of your students
  • Have students monitor their own learning process

What will my classroom look and sound like?

  • A safe, non-threatening environment
  • A rich and stimulating environment created with your students - students will take ownership for their classroom when co-created
  • Group learning/exploring spaces will be available - communication will be happening
  • Emphasis on the importance of a class and school community
  • Resources and manipulatives will be available for students
  • Students will be inquiring and discussing

Sara Cosco

Grade 4

Keewatin Patricia District School Board

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