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Brain-Based Learning

Brain-Based Learning
Teaching the Way Students Really Learn

Third Edition (Revised Edition)

April 2020 | 240 pages | Corwin

Learn how to teach like a pro and have fun, too!

The more you know about the brains of your students, the better you can be at your profession. Brain-based teaching gives you the tools to boost cognitive functioning, decrease discipline issues, increase graduation rates, and foster the joy of learning. This innovative, new edition of the bestselling Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen and master teacher and trainer Liesl McConchie provides an up-to-date, evidence-based learning approach that reveals how the brain naturally learns best in school. Based on findings from neuroscience, biology, and psychology, you will find: 

  • In-depth, relevant insights about the impact of relationships, the senses, movement, and emotions on learning
  • Savvy strategies for creating a high-quality learning environment, complete with strategies for self-care
  • Teaching tools to motivate struggling students and help them succeed that can be implemented immediately

This rejuvenated classic with its easy-to-use format remains the guide to transforming your classroom into an academic, social, and emotional success story.

List of Illustrations
About the Authors
Part I: Fundamentals of Brain-Based Learning
Chapter 1: How the Brain Usually Learns
What Is Learning?

Learning’s Big Five Players

Four Types of Input: A Deeper Dive

Putting It All Together

Beyond Explicit/Declarative Input


Chapter 2: Why Each Brain Is Unique






Part II: Laying the Foundation for Learning
Chapter 3: How Our Senses Impact Learning
Senses Are Signals


Air Quality

Negative Ionization




Chapter 4: Relationships in the Classroom
The Biology of Relationships

Perceptions Matter

Recognize and Act on Equity

Chapter 5: The Power of Neuroplasticity
The Properties of Neuroplasticity

Why the Brain Needs Plasticity

How to Foster Neuroplasticity


Part III: The Brain’s Learning Strengths
Chapter 6: How Emotions Impact Learning
Our Basic Emotions

Emotions vs. Moods vs. States

Emotions in the Brain

Creating a Positive Environment With Classroom Traditions


Chapter 7: Physical Movement and the Brain
Movement and Cognition

Movement and Emotional Self-Regulation

Movement and Health


Chapter 8: Motivation That Works
Understanding Motivation

Understanding Demotivation

Short-Term Motivational Strategies

Long-Term Motivational Strategies


Part IV: Putting This Together in Your Classroom
Chapter 9: The Non-Conscious Learning Climate

Sense of Belonging

Feeling Hopeful and Supported


Chapter 10: Better Classroom Learning—Easy as R-C-C
R: Readiness

C: Coherent Construction

C: Consolidation

Chapter 11: Getting Your Brain to Work With You, Not Against You: Self-Care
Vibrant Health (Physical Well-Being)

Running Your Own Brain (Emotional Well-Being)

Relationships (Social Well-Being)



Excellent text, thankful for this new edition.

Dr Melissa Becker
Curriculum Dept, Tarleton State University
April 23, 2020

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Eric P. Jensen

Eric Jensen is a former teacher who grew up in San Diego, California. With a Ph.D. in Human Development, he synthesizes brain research and develops practical applications for educators.  He is listed among the top 30 educators in the world at Dr. Jensen has authored over 30 books, including Different Brains, Different Learners, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, and Poor Students Rich Students. Dr. Jensen co-founded an academic enrichment program held in 14 countries... More About Author

Liesl Pykles McConchie

Liesl McConchie is a former secondary math teacher with nearly 20 years of experience training educators across the globe. She has partnered with over 300 schools to transform learning based on the science of what really improves achievement for all students. McConchie joined pioneers in accelerated learning at SuperCamp for 10 years to design innovative curriculum for their 85,000+ graduates and train the instructors. She spent over three years in Denmark working within the Scandinavian school system, known for decades as one of the best in the world. She helped create a brand-new school, now awarded an Ashoka Change Maker... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544364544