Learning Neuroscience to Design a Fun-filled Learning Program - Part II
By Andrew Loh
Modern neuroscience principles and methods allow educator to create a
series of effective learning systems that result in faster dissemination
of lessons and later retention. Here are some of the basic methods and
techniques that help you in making your children acquire the skills to
learn faster and in an effective way.
RAD lessons for the home
Home is the first classroom for a child.
Parents could deploy these lessons to lay the foundation for later
learning in the classroom. The most common principles of brain research
suggest us that a lack of better learning experience will result in a
reduced input of cognitive skills to the brain functional networks. In
other words, parents should try to make early learning exciting and
thrilling. Some of the learning activities may include playful games
that enhance cognitive and motor skills.
Reticular activating system is an important component of the human brain. It
is an efficient filter in the lower part of the brain and it diverts its attention
on innovative changes felt in the learning environment. Challenging and
stimulating session of learning will easily pass through this filter.
This will eventually result in the secretion of a neurotransmitter
hormone called dopamine. Dopamine possesses the ability to stimulate and
enhance the efficiency of memory areas of the brain and later release of
acetylcholinem that enhanced focused attention spans. This is where the
importance of RAD is realized. It involves three critical neuroscience
concepts that you should while teaching your child for enhanced
The use of Reticular activating system (R) - Innovative
issues will promote transmission of information and classroom lesson
Amygdala's affective filter (A) - The amygdala is an
almond-shape pack of neurons in the brain. It plays an important part in
processing of emotions related life experiences. The filter called
Amygdala's affective filter help transport data though it which
eventually help the children to learn in an effective manner.
Dopamine (D) - Increased flow of Dopamine will help the children to link
learning process with enjoyable associations inside the classroom.
All three components of RAD system streamline the learning processes
and help the absorption of learned components in a seamless manner. Here
are additional tips to make learning a pleasurable activity:
Create an amicable and fitting learning environ that is emotional
and touching in nature -Teachers and parents should try to
master the basics of neuroscience before training their children for
better results. The most significant thing that they should is to create
an affectionate environment where is there is lesser panic and anxiety.
In addition, children should encounter numerous challenges and
innovations so that they can learn in a hassle-free manner.
Introduce relevant lesson plans - Let the teaching be
straightforward and never act complex in your teaching approach. Let the
lessons be more personalized and motivating to your students. In other
words, let your children ask themselves why they want to learn their
lessons. One simple way of teaching is to make the lessons plans
touching and emotional to the child's mind. For example, you can include
most common personalities in the lesson plans. Names of your children's
friends, popular cartoon characters and animation movie names could
trigger a sense of emotion in the children's mind.
Children learn better, when they are busy in memorizing facts and details.
Children like associations with lesson plans they like. With
intelligence such plans, your children will start building a close
relationship with their brain nerve systems. The brain learning filters
would allow innovative details to the centers where further refinement
of collected information leads to highly efficient cognition and motor
Positive and affectionate association - It is
almost impossible to remove all stress and tension from your children's
life. However, careful lesson plans will result in the following
Previous positive experiences in learning will link
many activities to different areas of brain.
This will lead to an
immediate stress response from an organ called the amygdale.
In future, children could easily revisit these learning centers of the
brain by revisiting it numerous times and without negative consequences.
Learning success will catalyze further learning process. For
example, provide an opportunity for your children to taste success while
they are learning. A simple math success will induce the child to work
more on more complex math problems. However, failure to solve a simple
math problem may inhibit the child to proceed further on other math
problems. Parents should try hard to help children now because any
negative impact on the brain will inhibit them from learning. Make
children's learning a pleasurable activity by helping them during
Introduce independent discovery learning process
Children are more likely to remember lessons and
information with a consolidation of working and relational memory in
their brain. Independent discovery learning will help your children in
many ways like:
Find out their weaknesses and deficiencies.
Work on them to rectify.
Find out ways to streamline learning
Discover the benefits of effective learning.
Parents should help their children to learn how they can discover the basics of
learning. For example, tell them why learning is important to them and
in what manner it can help them in their personal and professional
Human brains have the ability to form digital and neural
images. Once children create a digital and neural image of some events
or scenarios, the brain will retain it for longer durations.
Neuroscience principles help parents understand the most important
issues that relate to brain training. Brain impressions or frames are of
better quality when children learn in a positive environment. A bold
brain will try to process billions of bytes of information at the same
time, organize and index them according to their priority and later
create a seamless interaction and association-ship between these
collected bytes of information.
Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier
By David Walsh, Ph.D
From birth onward, a child's brain develops in amazing ways. Whether you're pregnant
with your first child or trying to figure out why adolescents act the way they do, parenting
expert Dr. David Walsh shows you how to make the most of the latest breakthroughs in brain
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advice in groundbreaking scientific headlines about memory, language, emotions, nutrition, play,
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