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Brain Compatible Education Model

The brain-compatible education model is the application of brain research in how people learn to consciously design learning experiences that are engaging, effective and appropriate for all learning styles. The goal is to make learning in school more aligned with how the brain actually processes, learns and remembers information and skills. Our hope is that students will find deeper and more long lasting connections between what they are learning in class and how they experience the world outside of school. To accomplish this goal we not only explore the current research in learning theory, but also take into account the physiological and hormonal changes that adolescents are experiencing.

Some best practices learned from brain research

  • Students study changes in their minds, bodies and physiology that are going on within them.
  • Staff are trained to apply brain research to student learning on a daily basis
  • Students learn to self-assess, self-correct and self-evaluate within a non-judgmental learning context
  • Students are conscious of the difference between how diverse content areas define evidence.
  • On a daily basis staff model conscious pattern recognition
  • Teachers often scaffold conversations and direct instruction to engage students in meta-cognitive analysis and meta-memory
  • Staff and students regularly probe situations to surface prior understandings that may help or hinder the learning process
  • All learning is organized around core concepts in content knowledge and discipline specific conceptual frameworks
  • Students are guided to develop progressive differentiation from qualitative to quantitative understandings
  • Staff models the development from informal to formal thinking within content areas
  • Staff and students develop in their abilities to assess and apply strategies
  • Formative assessments are designed to allow student thinking to become public