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What Is Brain Compatible Teaching?

Learn about brain compatible teaching from education consultant Grace Dearborn in this Howcast video.


Brain compatible teaching is really just taking what the brain likes and using it to teach. And the brain likes a lot of different things. For example, the brain likes talking. So the more we can build in legal talk time for our students in the class, the better it is for learning. Just noticing how long we've been talking and stopping before we've been talking ten minutes, and saying all right I'm going to pause there students. Turn to the person next to you and talk about what I was just talking about or think of a question about what I was just talking about. Write that down. Now share that with a partner. So the students are talking so that they're brains are getting fed in that way.

Another thing the brain likes is movement. The brain likes oxygen and glucose, and the way to get those things in the brain is to increase the circulation in the body. That comes through movement. There's lots of different ways you can incorporate movement into your teaching. You can have the students, instead of turn and talk, stand up turn and talk and sit back down. You can have them stand up and do a couple of jumping jacks or do a lap around the classroom, or bunny hop to turn in their work and then bunny hop back to their desks. There's lots of fun and entertaining ways, but it doesn't have to be that. It can be as simple as stand up, talk and sit back down. But the more movement we incorporate, the better it is for the brain and the better it is for learning. So those are two ideas about increasing your brain compatible instruction in your classroom.

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