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Brain-Based Learning

Brain-Based Learning
Teaching the Way Students Really Learn

Third Edition (Revised Edition)

April 2020 | 240 pages | Corwin

Learn how to teach like a pro and have fun, too!

The more you know about the brains of your students, the better you can be at your profession. Brain-based teaching gives you the tools to boost cognitive functioning, decrease discipline issues, increase graduation rates, and foster the joy of learning. This innovative, new edition of the bestselling Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen and master teacher and trainer Liesl McConchie provides an up-to-date, evidence-based learning approach that reveals how the brain naturally learns best in school. Based on findings from neuroscience, biology, and psychology, you will find: 

  • In-depth, relevant insights about the impact of relationships, the senses, movement, and emotions on learning
  • Savvy strategies for creating a high-quality learning environment, complete with strategies for self-care
  • Teaching tools to motivate struggling students and help them succeed that can be implemented immediately

This rejuvenated classic with its easy-to-use format remains the guide to transforming your classroom into an academic, social, and emotional success story.

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About the Authors
Part I: Fundamentals of Brain-Based Learning
Chapter 1: How the Brain Usually Learns
What Is Learning?

Learning’s Big Five Players

Four Types of Input: A Deeper Dive

Putting It All Together

Beyond Explicit/Declarative Input


Chapter 2: Why Each Brain Is Unique






Part II: Laying the Foundation for Learning
Chapter 3: How Our Senses Impact Learning
Senses Are Signals


Air Quality

Negative Ionization




Chapter 4: Relationships in the Classroom
The Biology of Relationships

Perceptions Matter

Recognize and Act on Equity

Chapter 5: The Power of Neuroplasticity
The Properties of Neuroplasticity

Why the Brain Needs Plasticity

How to Foster Neuroplasticity


Part III: The Brain’s Learning Strengths
Chapter 6: How Emotions Impact Learning
Our Basic Emotions

Emotions vs. Moods vs. States

Emotions in the Brain

Creating a Positive Environment With Classroom Traditions


Chapter 7: Physical Movement and the Brain
Movement and Cognition

Movement and Emotional Self-Regulation

Movement and Health


Chapter 8: Motivation That Works
Understanding Motivation

Understanding Demotivation

Short-Term Motivational Strategies

Long-Term Motivational Strategies


Part IV: Putting This Together in Your Classroom
Chapter 9: The Non-Conscious Learning Climate

Sense of Belonging

Feeling Hopeful and Supported


Chapter 10: Better Classroom Learning—Easy as R-C-C
R: Readiness

C: Coherent Construction

C: Consolidation

Chapter 11: Getting Your Brain to Work With You, Not Against You: Self-Care
Vibrant Health (Physical Well-Being)

Running Your Own Brain (Emotional Well-Being)

Relationships (Social Well-Being)



This book will open many doors for potential teachers in how students learn. It will also bridge the gape in teaching young adults in how they they learn and think. This is an awesome book for educators.

Professor Willis Lewis
Education, Amer Indian Clg Assem Of God
December 12, 2020

This is an engaging book that my graduate students appreciate. The current edition provides some fresh perspectives supporting brain-based research.

Dr Janet Parker
Humanities, Education, and the Arts, Cumberland University
April 14, 2021

Excellent text, thankful for this new edition.

Dr Melissa Becker
Curriculum Dept, Tarleton State University
July 14, 2020
Key features
  • Offers a set of principles for educators so they can make better decisions about how students learn best in their classrooms and schools.
  • Provides jargon-free language for understanding the brain  and provides learning strategies to optimize learning in the classroom  
  • Discusses the physiological and sensory impact on the brain and why each individual learns differently.
  • Each chapter includes:
    • A Chapter outline
    • Boxed content of the pertinent information in the chapter
    • Strategies and techniques that can immediately be implemented in the classroom or school.

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