The brain has been the subject of an endless debate; different models have been proposed to explain how it works and the function of each of its parts. Thanks to technology, we have a better understanding of the most complex organ of our bodies and great animations give us the feel of what it looks like. Fortunately, we do not have to be neuroscientists to benefit from what technology and science have discovered.
As learners we need to develop brain-friendly learning techniques and spend time discovering how we learn better. Different subjects usually demand different learning strategies. It is a self-discovery process worth our time! Take into consideration the following five simple facts:
As teachers we need to remember that students have selective attention. The relevance of the content and the students’ motivation are key to the learning process. Focused attention usually lasts around 10 minutes, after that period, we need to re-engage our students in a personal and emotional way. Following these simple rules you will be able to design better learning experiences for your students and avoid accelerating the forgetting curve.
(If you missed the Brain Week on social networks you can have a look at the resources here)
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I am a passionate teacher of English with more than 16 years’ experience working with all kinds of levels and age groups. A few years ago, I became interested in EdTech. Einstein´s quote "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them" has inspired me to start this blog.