Friday, January 20, 2012


Classroom Environment
Vary the seating arrangement.
Temperature - the brain functions better in cooler temperatures
Lighting - bright lighting is important.  Natural lighting is the best.
Noise - reduce external noise as much as possible.
Color – use light blue and yellow for the walls.  Highlight information with brighter colors.
Avoid clutter and use walls for information and affirmation.
Schedule, routines, rituals – set the stage for learning.

Positive Environment
Create a warm, accepting classroom environment.
Model respect and expect students to do the same for classmates.
Eliminate threats.
Give children opportunities to vent emotions.

Goal Setting
Prompt and prime children to learn.
“What are my goals today?”
“What do I need to do today?”

To reward or not to reward?  Human brains are designed to enjoy and remember rewards.
Use rewards judiciously.
Use low-cost and abstract rewards.  (Choose a song, sit in the teacher’s desk, 15 minutes free time, etc.)

Push Water
Water should be available throughout the day.

Brain Foods
Teach children to make good food choices and eat a well-balanced diet.  Green leafy vegetables, salmon, nuts lean meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables  are particularly good for the brain. 
Encourage nutritional snacks (carrots, raisins, yogurt, nuts, fruit, veggie sticks, popcorn).

Beyond Worksheets
Use blank books, graphic organizers, art, drama, technology, and other open-ended activities to meet individual learning styles and strengths.

Remember!  Every child’s brain is unique and different!