On Neurodiversity

Last spring, I started referring to Neurodiversity when topics around learning differences came up in conversations, often in the context of the Learning and Metacognition component of our Human Development Department curriculum.

This fall, I’ve continued incorporating this language into the work I’m doing, particularly in creating our school’s Statement on Equity and Community.

It’s been interesting to see the reactions people are having to this term. It’s clear people need more information, so here’s some. Enjoy!

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Brain-Based Learning Strategies

Brain-based education is actually a “no-brainer.” Here’s a simple, but essential premise: the brain is intimately involved in, and connected with, everything educators and students do at school. Any disconnect is a recipe for frustration and potentially disaster. Brain-based education is best understood in three words: engagement, strategies and principles. You must engage your learners and do it with strategies that are based on real science. (I’m a big fan of cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology and other mind/brain sciences).

What is brain-based education? It’s simple: it’s the engagement of strategies based on how our brain works.

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The Science of Classroom Design 

5 Research-Based Best Practices for Brain-Friendly Learning Environments

 

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6 Scientifically Proven Brain Facts That eLearning Professionals Should Know – eLearning Industry

While the content, layout, and navigability of your eLearning course are important; determining how a learner’s brain actually acquires and retains information is an essential aspect of eLearning design and development. Without a firm grasp of how the brain works and the processes involved in learning new concepts, ideas, and skill sets, even the most experienced Instructional Designer will be unable to develop an effective eLearning course.

6 Scientifically Proven Brain Facts That eLearning Professionals Should Know – eLearning Industry