The Neuroscience of Joyful Education
Judy Willis, a neurologist turned classroom teacher, reviews research showing that the most effective learning takes place when students are engaged in the material and when they aren't under stress.
Recent studies of the brain reveal that information is more likely to travel into long-term memory when it is relevant to the learner, and stress impedes the storage process, researchers say. The pressure some teachers feel to sacrifice discovery learning in favor of drills and test preparation can actually hinder learning by lowering students’ interest while increasing their stress level.
Willis offers several strategies for bringing the joy back into the classroom and thereby increasing student learning.
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