Brain Based Learning Principles

There are some basic principles (Caine & Caine, 1991) to be understood and applied to the classroom context in order for Brain Based Learning to be applicable:
• The brain is a parallel processor.
• Learning engages the entire physiology.
•The search for meaning is innate.
• The search for meaning occurs through “patterning”.
• Emotions are critical to patterning.
• The brain processes parts and wholes simultaneously.
• Learning involves both focused attention and peripheral perception.
• Learning always involves conscious and unconscious processes.
• We have at least two different types of memory: a spatial memory system and a set of systems for rote learning.
• We understand and remember best when facts and skills are embedded in natural, spatial memory.
• Learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat.
• Each brain is unique.

By Dr. Zari Saeedi

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