By applying current brain research to schools and classrooms to maximize student achievement and prepare responsible citizens, schools create a “body-brain compatible” learning environment based on eight elements:
Absence of Threat: Students are free from anxiety about their physical safety and experience a sense of well-being as they learn.
Meaningful Content: Teachers select topics that address standards and engage students.
Choices: Students have the opportunity to select assignments that meet individual learning needs.
Adequate Time: The schedule provides ample and flexible time for thorough exploration.
Enriched Environment: The school offers an interesting and inviting setting, with emphasis on objects from the real world for students to see and touch.
Collaboration: Students work together to enhance achievement and build social skills.
Immediate Feedback: Students receive accurate feedback as they learn, not later.
Mastery at the Application Level: Students internalize deeply what they learn and apply it to real-world situations.
Movement to Enhance Learning: Movement activates and focuses body-brain systems for learning. Susan Kovalik
Every minute spent on what children experience as boring "seat work" is a minute spent NOT building intelligence. There is a direct correlation between the number of senses activated and the amount and locations of brain activity. Robert Samples' Open Mind, Whole Mind (1987) p. 13.
SENSES KIND OF INPUT Sight Visible light Hearing Vibrations in the air Touch Tactile contact Taste Chemical molecular Smell Olfactory molecular Balance Kinesthetic geotropic Vestibular Repetitious movement Temperature Molecular motion Pain Nociception Eidetic Imagery Neuroelectrical image retention Magnetic Ferromagnetic orientation Infrared Long electromagnetic waves Ultraviolet Short electormagnetic waves Ionic Airborne ionic charge Vomeronasal Pheromonic sensing Proximal Physical closeness Electrical Surface charge Barometric Atmospheric pressure Geogravimetric Sensing mass differences
The more senses a person uses, the more effective the learning. In a typical lecture & textbook learning environment only 2 senses are typically used. However, a Being There experience activates ALL of the senses! If you can't actually "be there," there are several other ways to activate multiple senses in an educational setting. Immersion will use 13 senses, Hands-On using Real things uses 9 senses, Hands-On using a representation uses 4 senses, Second Hand information uses 3 senses, and Symbolic uses only 2 senses. Typical classroom-style learning implements only Symbolic or Second Hand learning.