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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.

List of Illustrations
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)



Excellent text, thankful for this new edition.

Dr Melissa Becker
Curriculum Dept, Tarleton State University
April 23, 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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