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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Learning Neuroscience to Design a Fun-filled Learning Program - Part II

By Andrew Loh

Modern neuroscience principles and methods allow educator to create a series of effective learning systems that result in faster dissemination of lessons and later retention. Here are some of the basic methods and techniques that help you in making your children acquire the skills to learn faster and in an effective way.

RAD lessons for the home

Home is the first classroom for a child. Parents could deploy these lessons to lay the foundation for later learning in the classroom. The most common principles of brain research suggest us that a lack of better learning experience will result in a reduced input of cognitive skills to the brain functional networks. In other words, parents should try to make early learning exciting and thrilling. Some of the learning activities may include playful games that enhance cognitive and motor skills.

Reticular activating system is an important component of the human brain. It is an efficient filter in the lower part of the brain and it diverts its attention on innovative changes felt in the learning environment. Challenging and stimulating session of learning will easily pass through this filter. This will eventually result in the secretion of a neurotransmitter hormone called dopamine. Dopamine possesses the ability to stimulate and enhance the efficiency of memory areas of the brain and later release of acetylcholinem that enhanced focused attention spans. This is where the importance of RAD is realized. It involves three critical neuroscience concepts that you should while teaching your child for enhanced learning:

The use of Reticular activating system (R) - Innovative issues will promote transmission of information and classroom lesson details.

Amygdala's affective filter (A) - The amygdala is an almond-shape pack of neurons in the brain. It plays an important part in processing of emotions related life experiences. The filter called Amygdala's affective filter help transport data though it which eventually help the children to learn in an effective manner.

Dopamine (D) - Increased flow of Dopamine will help the children to link learning process with enjoyable associations inside the classroom.

All three components of RAD system streamline the learning processes and help the absorption of learned components in a seamless manner. Here are additional tips to make learning a pleasurable activity:

Create an amicable and fitting learning environ that is emotional and touching in nature -Teachers and parents should try to master the basics of neuroscience before training their children for better results. The most significant thing that they should is to create an affectionate environment where is there is lesser panic and anxiety. In addition, children should encounter numerous challenges and innovations so that they can learn in a hassle-free manner.

Introduce relevant lesson plans - Let the teaching be straightforward and never act complex in your teaching approach. Let the lessons be more personalized and motivating to your students. In other words, let your children ask themselves why they want to learn their lessons. One simple way of teaching is to make the lessons plans touching and emotional to the child's mind. For example, you can include most common personalities in the lesson plans. Names of your children's friends, popular cartoon characters and animation movie names could trigger a sense of emotion in the children's mind.

Children learn better, when they are busy in memorizing facts and details. Children like associations with lesson plans they like. With intelligence such plans, your children will start building a close relationship with their brain nerve systems. The brain learning filters would allow innovative details to the centers where further refinement of collected information leads to highly efficient cognition and motor skills.

Positive and affectionate association - It is almost impossible to remove all stress and tension from your children's life. However, careful lesson plans will result in the following situations:

  • Previous positive experiences in learning will link many activities to different areas of brain.

  • This will lead to an immediate stress response from an organ called the amygdale.

  • In future, children could easily revisit these learning centers of the brain by revisiting it numerous times and without negative consequences.

Learning success will catalyze further learning process. For example, provide an opportunity for your children to taste success while they are learning. A simple math success will induce the child to work more on more complex math problems. However, failure to solve a simple math problem may inhibit the child to proceed further on other math problems. Parents should try hard to help children now because any negative impact on the brain will inhibit them from learning. Make children's learning a pleasurable activity by helping them during stressful situations.

Introduce independent discovery learning process

Children are more likely to remember lessons and information with a consolidation of working and relational memory in their brain. Independent discovery learning will help your children in many ways like:

  • Find out their weaknesses and deficiencies.

  • Work on them to rectify.

  • Find out ways to streamline learning process.

  • Discover the benefits of effective learning.

Parents should help their children to learn how they can discover the basics of learning. For example, tell them why learning is important to them and in what manner it can help them in their personal and professional future.

Human brains have the ability to form digital and neural images. Once children create a digital and neural image of some events or scenarios, the brain will retain it for longer durations. Neuroscience principles help parents understand the most important issues that relate to brain training. Brain impressions or frames are of better quality when children learn in a positive environment. A bold brain will try to process billions of bytes of information at the same time, organize and index them according to their priority and later create a seamless interaction and association-ship between these collected bytes of information.

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