How Teachers Use Brain-based Learning to Motivate Students

The brain is responsible for processing information. When students take in the information during lessons, the brain stores it for future reference. Considering the massive amount of information that students take in daily, there is no doubt that the brain is critical in learning. Teachers can help students by tailoring lessons around natural brain functions for maximum benefits. There are several brain-based teaching strategies that teachers can use to make learning easier for students. 

Use colour for visual stimulation

The brain is highly responsive to art, images and colour. Visual stimulation is critical in learning because it helps the brain process information faster. Students also memorize the information they receive much faster if the brain responds positively. For example, a music teacher can request students to create art to communicate how a particular music genre makes them feel. 

Whenever educators in Singapore undergo professional development of teachers, they are often asked to give students the freedom to find ways to boost their memory. For instance, students can use coloured diagrams to help their brains to make lasting connections. 

Organize learning based on the brain’s cycle

Do you have peak times when your brain is at its best and times when you can barely process any information? We all have periods when we are most productive and moments when we can barely get anything done. This is because the brain operates in cycles. 

These cycles influence when the brain is most likely to process information as students learn. The first 15 minutes of learning are the most productive for students. So, instead of going on and on for an hour non-stop, teachers should instead follow the brain cycle when planning their lessons. 

For example, instead of creating long learning videos, teachers can choose to limit the videos to be 15 minutes long or less. Teachers can also include frequent breaks between lessons to accommodate the brain cycle in the learning process. 

Involve the students in active learning

Another brain-based learning strategy that teachers use is by encouraging students to be more involved during lessons. Active learning stimulates the brain. Students, for example, can take on role-playing as part of learning. This will help cement learning and positively keep the brain engaged. 

Play relaxing music during activities

Music helps the brain to relax and take in more information. Teachers can choose to use music in brain-based teaching to help the students relax and even enjoy the activities in which they are involved. Playing classical music as students read or during a quiz, will help the students think and even remember the lesson because of the soothing music. 

Repeat whenever necessary or to emphasize

When the brain is attempting to memorize, repeating a statement will help it store the information for a longer time. Teachers can make the statements they repeat more fun, so the students can find themselves repeating it because it now sounds familiar. For example, the teacher can create a fun sing-along song to accompany the most critical component of the lesson. 

Singapore carries out periodic professional development of teachers, and brain-based teaching is a critical component of the training. Since students have different levels of understanding, teachers must use multiple teaching methods to increase the likelihood of students understanding the lesson. 

Julia Harris

Preschool teacher by day, mama always, and working hard to find a balance to fit in family time and friend time and me time.

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