Name: Seymour, Jenny
Topic: ET-Educational Theory
Citation: Willis, Judy. (2007). Brain-based teaching strategies for improving students’ memory, learning, and test-taking success.(Review of Research). Childhood Education, 83(5), 310.
Summary: The past two decades have provided extraordinary progress in our understanding of the nature of learning. Never before have neuroscience and classroom instruction been so closely linked. Now, educators can find evidence-based neuroimaging and brain-mapping studies to determine the most effective ways to teach, as advances in technology enable people to view the working brain as it learns. In this article, the author discusses several brain-based teaching strategies to improve students’ memory, learning, and test-taking success.
Evaluation: This article highlights the benefits of learning the same material in a variety of ways. By incorporating visual and auditory learning of same topic, different regions of brain will be activated and retention of material will improve. The more regions of the brain that store data about a subject, the more interconnection there is. This article reminds us as educators that each time a student participates in any endeavor, a certain number of neurons are activated and learning improves. Engaging classrooms, using a variety of techniques will give students the best possible learning outcome. The author of this article was a neurologist and is now a teacher, and has a long list of accolades associated with her name and a mountain of research that is reputable.