Brain Based Learning and Emotions

The brain functions on emotions. Understanding a student’s emotional focus during the learning process is important. In the course of a lesson of about 20 minutes, the student’s emotional focus may change frequently.

The focus could be happy, sad, disinterested, very interested or thinking about something else. It is necessary to call your students’ emotions and attention back to the subject. Perhaps an unusual picture, video or sound track will break a negative focus pattern in the brain and make the focus positive. Sometimes just the simple step of standing up, stretching, and sitting down again brings the positive focus back.

What about water? Water is necessary for the brain to do its work. Students should have water available to them while they are learning.

Brain Based Learning is used in the Ed Sage School for grades 5-8. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now being accepted. For more information visit the website- Contact Beth Silver, Head of School, at 310-720-0390 or

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