Brain-Compatible Teaching Resources

~ Brain Research in Enhancing Learning Through Technology
Three principles from brain research: emotional safety, appropriate challenges, and self constructed meaning suggest that a one-size-fits-all approach to classroom instruction teaching is ineffective for most students and harmful to some.

~ Brain-Compatible Teaching in a Block Schedule
Specific ideas for high school teachers based on time-tested ideas

~ Brain-Compatible Teaching Strategies
33 downloadable, printable learning activities for any class that meet the brain-compatibility test.

~ Simple 4-Step Plan toward Brain-Compatible Teaching -- a great way to begin!

Brain-Compatible Learning Resources

~ 12 Principles of Brain-Compatible Teaching (and learning) (Caine & Caine, '91)
A great one-page introduction to brain-compatible learning concepts.

~ Brain-Compatible Learning (Lots of links!)

~ Brain-Compatible Teaching and Learning - A self-directed course!
A fantastic grouping of eight themes or "classes" from which you select topics of interest to you and your classroom. (Designed to be an online, pass-fail, self-paced course and packed with links to good sites.)

Brain-Compatible Learning and Technology

Your Brain: what it is and how to care for and feed it

~ The Human Brain: An Owner's Manual (cool facts in brief context)

~ Six Concepts from Brain Research
A simple introduction to brain research from the ideas of Leslie Hart, one of the fathers of brain-compatible teaching and learning. The ideas are a decade old, but they remain perceptive and usable.


We're confronted by insurmountable opportunity!
-- Pogo (Walt Kelly)


.. to stretch the mind and tease the imagination

About this topic

The brain is where teaching and learning begin and end. While all educators know that the brain is our primary learning organ, surprisingly few teaching and learning strategies are based on our knowledge of the brain. There are three simple reasons for this disconnect.

  1. Most of what we know of the brain has been discovered within the last 30 years ... too recently to have been understood and adopted by educational leaders and institutions.
  2. Much of what brain researchers have discovered comflicts to some degree with the accepted knowledge and practices of many teachers and parents.
  3. Institutional practice and education law developed in earlier times are not only resistant to change, but may be undermined or threatened by new knowledge of brain-compatible teaching and learning.


The Human Brain!

The most important three pounds of you!
brain in a jar
~photo by Gaetan Lee

robot brain photo
~photo by Will Pate