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A Look at Twelve Brain Principles

It's All About Learning

Through their emotions we get their attention, through the attention we get cognition, which leads to memory and memory is our only evidence of learning.

According to Carol Ann Tomlinson (1998), “Three principles from brain research-emotional safety, appropriate challenge and self-constructed meaning-suggest that a one-size-fits-all approach to classroom teaching is ineffective for most students and harmful to some”. The research on the brain and learning is capsulated in these twelve principles distilled from a meta-analysis of the literature by Renate and Geoffrey Caine. The twelve principles provide a rich philosophical foundation for differentiating instruction. They are, in essence, the broad-brush strokes that guide the everyday decisions teacher make about instructional input, student groupings, curricular designs and the range of assessments used in classrooms today.


·       Instructional Input

·       Student Groupings

·       Curricular Designs

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