Brain-based teaching is all about smarter, more purposeful teaching that can reach a greater number of students. It involves using strategies that are based on scientific evidence about the way the brain works and the factors that affect learning. Successful Applications of Brain-Based Learning is a two-disk video introduction to brain-based teaching and learning by Eric Jensen, a pioneer in the field of brain-based teaching and learning. (Each video is also appropriate for independent use and may be ordered individually by clicking the titles in the following paragraphs.)
Author of 25 books, including the acclaimed Teaching with the Brain in Mind and Brain Compatible Strategies, Jensen is also well known as a captivating presenter and masterful staff developer. These skills are on display in each of the professional development videos contained in this set.
In A Practical Guide to Brain-Based Learning, Jensen provides an accessible overview of relevant neuroscience research and different aspects of brain functioning, and explains both why and how to integrate this knowledge into teaching. This 36-minute introductory video includes simple, specific strategies for brain-compatible teaching that are proven to increase student motivation and enhance learning.
In The Fragile Brain: What Impairs Learning and What We Can Do About It, Jensen explores some common learning challenges encountered in the classroom, from attention to depression and anxiety, and identifies ways teachers can differentiate instruction to help struggling students overcome barriers to learning. Running time for this video is 27 minutes.