Teaching to the Brain

How the Brain LearnsResearch: In his model of how the brain learns, David Sousa emphasizes the importance of experiencing success in accepting or rejecting new learning. When a student experiences success or failure in a learning situation, corresponding positive or negative emotions are connected to it. Success tells the brain to focus on the subject for further processing, while failure creates a block and develops resistance to new learning in that area.  

Practice: This is why it’s so important that we create the right educational experience for each student in every subject. If a student has experienced failure in a particular subject there will naturally be resistance that inhibits their flexibility in this area. Under these circumstances we can offer individual courses that can tailor the subject to the student’s interests, abilities, and preferred learning style to start building success and change how the brain reacts to new learning.