How Using Brain Based Learning Or Whole Brain Teaching? Essay

2125 Words Mar 21st, 2016 9 Pages
Whether you are an educator, administrator, or even a parent you understand how important student engagement is to academic performance and positive behavior. When students are engaged, they are learning the concepts, on-task and producing excellent work. However, when students are not engaged in the learning process and not taking responsibility for their learning, they may engage in off-task behaviors, complain about the workload, put their heads on their hands, or stare of into space. When this occurs, students are unable to take in the necessary concepts being taught to them and therefore, create an attitude towards learning that lacks academic drive and reflects negatively on behavior. Student engagement drives the classroom environment and can impact a child’s education either positively or negatively. A great deal of research has been done on the topic of using brain-based learning to increase student engagement in the classroom setting. This work will examine how using brain-based learning or Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) methods can increase engagement by first defining engagement and investigating the positive and negative affects it can have on learning. Second, by addressing the connection between engagement and neuroscience and understanding how teaching the way the brain learns naturally can increase positive and interactive engagement. And finally, bringing attention to the research done on Whole Brain Teaching as a brain-based learning method and how teachers…
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