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Brain-Based Learning

Teaching the Way Students Really Learn
Third Edition (Revised Edition)
By: Eric P. Jensen, Liesl McConchie

Brain-based teaching boosts cognitive functioning and fosters the joy of learning. This new edition of the bestseller provides an evidence-based approach that reveals how the brain learns best.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544364544
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: April 03, 2020

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Learn how to teach like a pro and have fun, too!

The more you know about the brains of your students, the better you can be at your profession. Brain-based teaching gives you the tools to boost cognitive functioning, decrease discipline issues, increase graduation rates, and foster the joy of learning. This innovative, new edition of the bestselling Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen and master teacher and trainer Liesl McConchie provides an up-to-date, evidence-based learning approach that reveals how the brain naturally learns best in school. Based on findings from neuroscience, biology, and psychology, you will find:

  • In-depth, relevant insights about the impact of relationships, the senses, movement, and emotions on learning
  • Savvy strategies for creating a high-quality learning environment, complete with strategies for self-care
  • Teaching tools to motivate struggling students and help them succeed that can be implemented immediately

This rejuvenated classic with its easy-to-use format remains the guide to transforming your classroom into an academic, social, and emotional success story.

Key features

  • Offers a set of principles for educators so they can make better decisions about how students learn best in their classrooms and schools.
  • Provides jargon-free language for understanding the brain and provides learning strategies to optimize learning in the classroom
  • Discusses the physiological and sensory impact on the brain and why each individual learns differently.
  • Each chapter includes:
    • A Chapter outline
    • Boxed content of the pertinent information in the chapter
    • Strategies and techniques that can immediately be implemented in the classroom or school.


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Eric P. Jensen

Eric Jensen is a former teacher who grew up in San Diego, California. With a Ph.D. in Human Development, he synthesizes brain research and develops practical applications for educators.

He is listed among the top 30 educators in the world at GlobalGurus.org. Dr. Jensen has authored over 30 books, including Different Brains, Different Learners, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, and Poor Students Rich Students. Dr. Jensen co-founded an academic enrichment program held in 14 countries with over 75,000 graduates. He is a member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience and the President’s Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies.

Dr. Jensen provides conference speaking and trainings that can be found at
jensenlearning.com. Or, contact: eric@jensenlearning.com.

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Liesl McConchie

Liesl McConchie is a former secondary math teacher with nearly 20 years of experience training educators across the globe. She has partnered with over 300 schools to transform learning based on the science of what really improves achievement for all students.

McConchie joined pioneers in accelerated learning at SuperCamp for 10 years to design innovative curriculum for their 85,000+ graduates and train the instructors. She spent over three years in Denmark working within the Scandinavian school system, known for decades as one of the best in the world. She helped create a brand-new school, now awarded an Ashoka Change Maker School, drawing attention from education and political leaders across Europe.

McConchie continues to speak at conferences and partner with schools to create brain-based learning for students. Contact Liesl McConchie by email at: liesl.mcconchie@gmail.com or visit her website at: www.lieslmcconchie.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



About the Authors


Part I: Fundamentals of Brain-Based Learning

Chapter 1: How the Brain Usually Learns

What Is Learning?

Learning’s Big Five Players

Four Types of Input: A Deeper Dive

Putting It All Together

Beyond Explicit/Declarative Input


Chapter 2: Why Each Brain Is Unique







Part II: Laying the Foundation for Learning

Chapter 3: How Our Senses Impact Learning

Senses Are Signals


Air Quality

Negative Ionization




Chapter 4: Relationships in the Classroom

The Biology of Relationships

Perceptions Matter

Recognize and Act on Equity

Chapter 5: The Power of Neuroplasticity

The Properties of Neuroplasticity

Why the Brain Needs Plasticity

How to Foster Neuroplasticity


Part III: The Brain’s Learning Strengths

Chapter 6: How Emotions Impact Learning

Our Basic Emotions

Emotions vs. Moods vs. States

Emotions in the Brain

Creating a Positive Environment With Classroom Traditions


Chapter 7: Physical Movement and the Brain

Movement and Cognition

Movement and Emotional Self-Regulation

Movement and Health


Chapter 8: Motivation That Works

Understanding Motivation

Understanding Demotivation

Short-Term Motivational Strategies

Long-Term Motivational Strategies


Part IV: Putting This Together in Your Classroom

Chapter 9: The Non-Conscious Learning Climate


Sense of Belonging

Feeling Hopeful and Supported


Chapter 10: Better Classroom Learning—Easy as R-C-C

R: Readiness

C: Coherent Construction

C: Consolidation

Chapter 11: Getting Your Brain to Work With You, Not Against You: Self-Care

Vibrant Health (Physical Well-Being)

Running Your Own Brain (Emotional Well-Being)

Relationships (Social Well-Being)




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