First, let's pose the question...What is brain-based learning? Basically it is strategies that engage the learner in the way that our brain works. Just like anything else, you have your skeptics. You might wonder if this is reputable. In what research I have done, I found that Harvard University has a master's and doctoral degree in this field. Eric Jensen is one of the "big names" that you will find when searching this topic. He states that there are "macro strategies" and "micro strategies". Micro strategies are very situation specific. An example that he gives for a "micro strategy" is to give only one direction at a time so the brain can process the location, the action, and the qualities of the action. The ten strategies that he has presented are "micro strategies" that he calls the "biggies" that reap huge rewards. So, let's look at those now, which I will basically summarize, and add "my two cents", as well.
I think it's time for a Brain Break!
Stand up. Let's do toe touches. Here's how we will do it...you will cross your right hand over and touch your left toes, then cross your left hand over and touch your right toes. Each time you touch your left toes, you count the number, and when you touch your right toes, you will say in order the first five principles/strategies we just learned. Ok? Here we go...
Touch your left toes: say "1"
Touch your right toes: say "Physical Activity"
Touch your left toes: say "2"
Touch your right toes: say "Grouping"
Touch your left toes: say "3"
Touch your right toes: say "Our Brain"
Touch your left toes: say "4"
Touch your right toes: say "Stress"
Touch your left toes: say "5"
Touch your right toes: say "Differentiation"
GOOD JOB! Give yourself a hug!