Brain-Based Learning - Learning the Basics
By Andrew Loh
To many of us, the terminologies "brain-based learning" or
“brain-based teaching” sound and appear common and familiar. Parents
may simply ask isn't all learning, teaching and tutoring activities
brain based? Yes! It appears as if all tutoring activities look and
feel connected to brain based. But, there is a subtle difference to
what you can call “brain compatible” type of education and “brain
hostile” tutoring practices that are known to actually inhibit
normal learning processes. Experts in child education actually
recommend using highly innovative brain based education procedures.
Brain based education is a wholesome approach and a complete system
of instructions based on how available sets of research in brain
based learning impact natural learning by children and adults. The
basic theory of brain based education stresses on what know about
the actual structure and functioning of children's during their
early developmental stages. This system of education provides you a
natural way of teaching and learning and assists you in knowing more
about more frequently occurring learning behaviors in your children.
By using this system of education, you can a judicious mixture of
techniques that help you make your children smart and intelligent.
Brain based education techniques help parents to connect and relate
learning processes to their children's real-life experiences.
The entire system of education encompasses following concepts like:
Mastering learning: Learning is a difficult process
especially to children in their early life. Learning and mastering
involves conditioning their brain functions and later relate them to
life experiences. Brain based education techniques will help your
children master learning processes and methods so that they can
equip themselves for further learning.
Improve learning styles: The main difference between a smart
child and an average child is the way in which the smart child
learns and masters life experiences. Smart children can use a very
sophisticated and quick learning style to learn and understand
Using multiple-intelligences: Gifted children have the
ability to use a range of multiple intelligences to master their
skills and learning methods. Brain based education methods can help
your children use a range of methods to learn a number of necessary
Problem based learning: Children learn better when they solve
a range of real life problems. Problem based learning also provide
an opportunity to link and relate real life experiences to a given
situation or problem scenario.
Brain based education operates and relies on a number of basic yet
critical principles such as:
Note: An adolescent brain displays a number of characteristic and
parameters that you must learn and understand first before imparting
brain based education.
Young brain acts like an efficient parallel processor! It can
converse, talk and communicate with both sections of brain. An
effective communication is necessary to learn and understand about
things, experiences and lessons.
Young brain always seeks different patterns and forms to accumulate
and collect new information and details. Proper pattern making is
necessary to connect the brain to newly accumulated information and
Young brain is very inquisitive and curious. It needs novel
information and details for proper development. It is also ready to
accept meaningful and complex situations and investigations.
Young brain is quite unique and performs better when given different
alternatives and choices. Larger the range of choices, more
efficient will be the brain ability to sort out and streamline
Young brain is also emotional in nature and it can respond well to
stressful and emotional environments.
Young brain needs protection and care from uncertain environments
and it feels safe and sound when it feels and perceives physical and
Young brain is rudimentary in nature and it has the ability to sort
out information either wholly or in part depending on the nature and
perceived complexity of given information.
Young brain always needs a fillip or stimulation for better learning
and understanding. An optimal stimulating ambience will help your
child to learn and master lessons in a rapid manner.
As a parent, you may need to help your child to build on previously
acquired knowledge and skills to make proper brain connections.
You may need to ensure that your child gets enough sleep (about 9
hour's non-stop) so that brain functions are tuned to their best.
Brain based education is a series of steps that ensure proper tuning
of brain functions and developmental activities. Brain based
education is all about boosting brain functions by adapting to the
natural processes of learning and understanding.